Legend Indian batting Sachin Tendulkar mentioned that his 200 against South Africa remains to be his top innings in the 50-over format.
Sachin attracted cricket fans with his enchanting shots and spectacular innings in an eminent international career of 24 years.
He is the highest run-scorer in Tests and ODIs, as he scored 34,357 runs from 664 international games across all formats.
He had to wait for six World Cup editions to set his hands on the trim trophy of the ICC, something many great players evaded despite having a fizzy career.
Sachin accumulated 482 runs from nine innings in the 2011 World Cup at the afflict rate of 91.98. He was the second most run-getter in the tournament after Tillakaratne Dilshan.
He hit centuries against England (120) and South Africa (111) while India didn’t win on either of the events. He managed to score just 28 runs in the final against Sri Lanka, which India won by six wickets to raise the title after 28 years.
Sachin told Sportstar, “Nothing beats the World Cup final in 2011. That was the best cricketing day of my life. That’s what you pay for. I had the honor and privilege to represent the country for 24 years and had the honor of lifting the trophy on behalf of a billion-plus people.”
He added, “So, I always feel that it is not just a few individuals, but the entire 1.39 billion-plus population has played their role in bringing the trophy to our dressing room. It belongs to a billion-plus people.”
He was known for the first batter to hit a double-hundred in One-Day Internationals, albeit, Virender Sehwag and further Rohit Sharma broke his record.
The legend made 200 off 147 balls, his innings spotted with 25 boundaries and three sixes. India attached 401/3 and won by 153 runs in Gwalior.
He called his first double-hundred as his best knock in ODI cricket as he played against the likes of Dale Steyn, Wayne Parnell, and Jacques Kallis.
The legend said, “The first 200 in the ODI that I scored against South Africa (in Gwalior in 2010) is one of my top ODI innings. Their bowling attack was very good, and they were a very good opposition. That was the first time in the history of ODIs someone scored 200 runs, so that has its own relevance.”
After giving some extraordinary moments to India, he decided to get retired from all forms of cricket on November 16, 2013, after playing his 200th Test match against West Indies in Mumbai.