GWALIOR, India (Reuters) - India's Sachin Tendulkar became the first batsman to score a double century in one-day internationals on Wednesday.
He achieved the feat in the second one-dayer against South Africa.
Tendulkar, who holds the record for most runs and centuries in test and one-day cricket, made 200 not out to guide the home team to 401-3 in 50 overs.
Tendulkar reached 200 with a single off Charl Langeveldt in the final over of the game, having earlier broken the world record for the highest individual innings of 194 jointly held by Pakistan's Saeed Anwar and Zimbabwe's Charles Coventry.
Anwar made that score against India in May 1997 while Coventry hit 194 not out against Bangladesh last year.
But to have reached such a landmark, with a single in the final over, only serves to underline his class and add to the legacy that already surrounds arguably the finest batsman to have played the game.
Sachin Tendulkar created history by firing the first double century in one-day internationals as India put South Africa to the sword in Gwalior.