It took nearly 40 years for a batsman to score the first double-century in one-day international cricket
but less than two years for the second. Virender Sehwag, the batsman most touted to break Sachin Tendulkar`s record for the highest individual ODI score, didn`t merely break it - he shattered it and raised the bar so high that it`s hard to imagine anyone, apart from Sehwag himself, raising it higher.
Unlike Tendulkar in Gwalior, Sehwag wasn`t running out of time as he raced towards 200 in Indore. He got there in the 44th over and had made 219 off 149 balls by the time he was dismissed in the 47th. And in one of cricket`s stranger coincidences, both ODI double-centuries were scored in the same India
n state - Madhya Pradesh - at venues less than 500 kilometres apart.
Sehwag`s performance led India to 418 for 5, their highest ODI total, and all but ensured India would extend their 2-1 lead and win the five-match series against West Indies. It was an innings characteristic of Sehwag`s approach to batting. He hit his second ball for four and simply did not stop. He took plenty of risks too, surviving two run-out chances and two dropped catches, but thundered on, ensuring India`s run-rate stayed above seven after the 15th over. Sehwag`s only out-of-character moment came in the 20th over, when he dived to avoid being run out. Sehwag never dives. It was a sign that he was determined to stay the course. He went to 50 off 41 balls, to 100 off 69 balls, to 150 off 112 and past 200 off 140. The record was broken with a withering cut that sped to the backward-point boundary, and he celebrated with an aggressive fist-pump before breaking into a smile.
- from Cricinfo