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Cricket God Sachin scores his sixth Test double century

cricket Updated: Oct 12, 2010 11:29 IST

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Indian batting icon Sachin Tendulkar on Tuesday completed his sixth double hundred in Test cricket, adding to the mountain of runs he has accumulated in his over two-decade career.

Tendulkar's knock of 214 came against Australia in the second Test in Bangalore. The right-hander took 363 balls and struck 22 fours and a couple of sixes during his stay on the crease.

He was dismissed by rookie Australian pacer Peter George who clean bowled the Indian for his maiden Test wicket.

Tendulkar holds just about every batting record worth owning in the game, including those for most runs and hundreds in Tests and ODIs, and most international runs.

The right-hander has 57 fifties in the longer format of the game.

The 37-year-old has 46 hundreds and 93 fifties in one-day cricket.

Meanwhile, Australian media on Tuesday hailed a "batting masterclass" by Tendulkar.

Shots of the small-statured Indian raising his arms and bat aloft after hitting his 49th Test century ran in major publications under headlines such as "Sachin is man of the century" and "A privilege to watch".

"Emphatic doesn't really come close to justifying Tendulkar's batting masterclass inside the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, making Australia's attack look as fearsome as a toilet-roll commercial puppy," the Sydney Morning Herald said.

"He wrapped his sheets of genius around them with singles, fours, sixes, flicks, cuts, glances, drives, slogs, no mercy."

The 37-year-old played "like the kid who wished it wouldn't get dark" the paper said in its glowing account of the Indian's demolition of the Australian bowling attack, in which "balls disappeared".

"Tendulkar is exceptional," wrote columnist Peter Roebuck in the same paper. "Every shot he plays is compelling."

Roebuck said cricket did not realise how lucky it had been to have extraordinary talents such as Tendulkar and Australian spin bowler Shane Warne playing in the same period, as he also praised the Indian's character.

"India might never know how blessed it has been that its best cricketers of the period were also its most upstanding," he said, adding that scandal-hit Pakistan had enjoyed no such luxury.

Tendulkar is the only man to post 1,000 runs in a calendar year on six occasions -- with Australia's Ricky Ponting and Matthew Hayden and West Indian Brian Lara hitting this milestone five times, the Daily Telegraph noted.

"Tendulkar's resurgence has put an almost insurmountable gap between him and Ponting in the race to be the highest all-time run-getter," the Sydney tabloid added.

The Australian newspaper described the "little master" as "the one constant in an ever-changing cricket universe, ever present, always scoring. He has been at the crease for 21 years".

"The Sachin show never stopped," it said of the third day of the second Test, in which Tendulkar dented Australian hopes of a series-levelling victory.

"The living legend batted all day and was 191 at the close of play."

"How he haunts the Australians. Last time they were in India, Ricky Ponting's men watched him score his 13,000th run. In this Test he brought up his 14,000th and at times yesterday he seemed to be on his way to 15,000th.

"God alone knows when he will desist."

India, 1-0 up in the two-Test series, were 435-5 at the end of day three, closing on Australia's first innings total of 478.

Tendulkar was bowled by Peter George after a lofty 214 runs.

(With inputs from PTI and AFP)

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