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Tendulkar was the lone candidate for ODI double-ton: Gilchrist

mumbai Updated: Mar 11, 2010 16:41 IST

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Only Sachin Tendulkar could have cracked a double-century in ODIs, according to former Australian cricketer Adam Gilchrist, who feels the stupendous achievement is a testimony to the iconic Indian batsman's longevity in international career.

"If there's one man who's going to do it, it was he (Tendulkar). It is a wonderful testament to his longevity. The greatest sign of a champion is longevity and Tendulkar is beyond anyone else in this regard," Gilchrist said today.

"Probably in 10 years' time he'll get 300," added the wicketkeeper-batsman, who will lead defending champions Deccan Chargers in the third edition of the Indian Premier League commencing from tomorrow.

Looking ahead to Chargers defending their title that they won in South Africa last year, Gilchrist was of the opinion that the tournament was a good preparation for all countries on the run-up to the Twenty20 World Cup to be held in the West Indies later this year.

"It would be a great preparation for the World T20 in terms of skills and match fitness," he said.

The Chargers open their title defence against former India captain Sourav Ganguly-led Kolkata Knight Riders at DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai on first day of the tournament.