It was 24th February 2010, India vs South Africa 2nd One Day International (Overall ODI no 2962) of the tour of India by South Africa at Captain Roop Singh Stadium, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh.
Toss: Kallis has called heads, it’s a tail. Dhoni says India will bat.
Sehwag and Tendulkar to open. Sehwag to face Dale Steyn from over the wicket.
The two on-field umpires are Ian Gould and SK Tarapore. They are walking out on to the field along with the players. The man behind the television is SS Hazare.
At the end of 49th Over Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar was on 199* and India was on 385/3. India have a mammoth score and while Dhoni’s making hay at the other end, the crowd has its eyes set on just one thing…..
M S Dhoni was on strike for the last over of the inning.
Charl Langeveldt to bowl the final over ….
1st Ball to MS Dhoni … Langeveldt to Dhoni, SIX, but Dhoni’s holding them up, full and wide and it was all wrist this time, just a jab at it sails over the wide long-off boundary, into the stands again.
2nd Ball to MS Dhoni … 1 run, swings it away wide of deep midwicket, every chance of a second as Amla dives to his left but Tendulkar and Dhoni agree mutually to just stick to a single.
And now, Tendulkar’s batting on 199…
3rd Ball of Charl Laneveldt over …. Langeveldt to Tendulkar, 1 run, single to reach the first double-hundred in ODIs, steered behind point, takes off his helmet and waves to the crowd, which is on its feet, so are his team-mates in the dressing room, Tendulkar’s soaking all the adulation.
And that impossible is achieved…..