Sachin Tendulkar is almost as old as one-day cricket. And the 36-year-old Little Master showed himself equal to the demands of this form of the game once again, when he delivered its first ever double- century knock on Wednesday against South Africa.
Cricket aficionados will wax eloquent about his 200 runs for years, and it’s worth remarking that Tendulkar’s achievements have not waned even this late in his career.
The record raises two interesting points. The first concerns the rapidity with which batting records have been broken in recent years. After Gary Sobers scored his 365 in 1958, then the highest in Test cricket, it took Brian Lara more than 30 years to break it. It took Matthew Hayden less than a decade to top that. And teams are successfully chasing down bigger (and bigger) scores in every version of the game. Tendulkar’s record, then, may not stand for long.
The second point is about bowling records, which seem more enduring in a batsman- dominated era. Anil Kumble’s record of 10-for may well last a lot longer.