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A cricket legend smashes a barrier
March 08, 2010

Cricket fans reveal their ignorance about baseball when they describe Sachin Tendulkar as the Babe Ruth of his sport. Tendulkar is, in fact, even bigger than the Babe: To match Tendulkar's stature as the greatest batsman of all time, you'd have to combine Ruth with Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron and Willie Mays. On Feb. 24 the 36-year-old superstar burnished his legend by achieving the cricketing equivalent of a five-homer game, scoring 200 runs in a one-day match against South Africa in Gwalior, India.

For the 1.5 billion cricket followers worldwide, it was a barrier-breaking moment to match Roger Bannister's sub-four-minute mile. (The previous high was 194.)

Tendulkar's latest accomplishment was deemed all but unattainable. In a one-day game each 11-man side bats 50 six-ball "overs," and a batter stays at the wicket until he is dismissed. Tendulkar got his 200 in 147 balls. Few players have scored at a more rapid clip; none have had the combination of skill and concentration to score so fast and stay on the pitch long enough to get to the magic number.

Practically a god in India, the Mumbai native is also a pretty good bowler and a top-notch fielder. Only 5'5", he is often called the Little Master. But put a bat in his hand, and he's a giant among giants.

PHOTOGURINDER OSAN/AP (TENDULKAR)HOLY HITS, BATMAN A god to fans, Tendulkar reached 200 runs in 147 swings.

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)