First Double Century in Cricket

Sachin Tendulkar was the first cricketer in history to score 200 runs in an ODI. He achieved the desired milestone in a day-night encounter against the South African cricket team in Gwalior in 2010.

Sachin Tendulkar

The Master Blaster had achieved this incredible feat in the second ODI of the home series. The record-breaking innings, which came off 147 balls, featured 25 boundaries and three maximums.

India scored 401 runs and the Proteas were bowled out for 248 runs, giving the hosts a comfortable 153-run victory.

Sachin Tendulkar finished his career with 18,426 runs in 463 ODIs, including 49 centuries and 96 half-centuries. He also holds the record for the most One-Day Internationals played and the most runs scored. Tendulkar also holds the record for the most Man of the Match honors (63).

Over the years, the Indian cricket team has seen as many as three players score the ODI double tonne. Tendulkar was followed by Virender Sehwag, who scored a double century against the West Indies in 2011.

However, if there is one player who has perfected the art of scoring 200 runs nearly at will in the 50-over format, it is Rohit Sharma. This incredible achievement has been accomplished by the Mumbai batsmen.

His first two double centuries occurred against Sri Lanka, while his third game was against the all-powerful Australians. Rohit Sharma’s undefeated 264-run ODI double century remains the greatest total in ODI history. There was a time when achieving a double century in a One Day International (ODI) match seemed impossible. However, Belinda Clark of Australia was the first to achieve this record, scoring 229* runs against Denmark on December 16, 1997.

In 2010, Sachin Tendulkar became the first male cricketer to reach a double century (200*) in an ODI against South Africa.

So far, 10 cricketers have made 10 double centuries in one-day internationals, including three Indian batters. Rohit Sharma is the only player in ODI history to have achieved three double centuries.