Sachin Tendulkar scored his maiden ODI double century against South Africa in 2010 but pacer Dale Steyn claims he had the batsman dismissed close to the magical number.
- Tendulkar scored the first double hundred in ODI cricket, and it was against us in Gwalior: Steyn
- I think I got Sachin out lbw when he was about 190-odd: Steyn
- Ian Gould was the umpire, and he gave Sachin not out: Steyn
Former South Africa pacer Dale Steyn revealed that he had dismissed Sachin Tendulkar before he scored his first ever ODI double century against his team in Gwalior.
Steyn has claimed that umpire Ian Gould had denied him Sachin Tendulkar”s wicket when the batting great was on his way to a landmark ODI double ton in 2010 fearing backlash from the Indian crowd.
Apparently if we look deep into the stats of Gwalior ODI, Steyn bowled 31 deliveries to Tendulkar in that particular innings and there was no close LBW shout from the South African pacer. Steyn bowled 3 balls to Sachin Tendulkar when he was in 190sand all three were played with the bat. None of the 31 balls you bowled to him in the entire match produced a close lbw shout.
Speaking on the Sky Sports Cricket Podcast with James Anderson, Dale Steyn said about the record-breaking ODI in Gwalior, “Tendulkar scored the first double hundred in ODI cricket, and it was against us in Gwalior. And I actually remember – I think I got him out lbw when he was about 190 odd. Ian Gould was the umpire, and he gave him not out.”
“And I was like, ‘Why, why did you give him not out!? That’s so dead.’ And he was like, ‘Mate, look around – if I gave him out, I won’t make it back to the hotel.”
Sachin Tendulkar eventually went on to score the first double hundred in one-day internationals with his unbeaten 200, powering India to a mammoth 403 for three in the second ODI of the bilateral series.
The last of Tendulkar’s 51 Test centuries came against South Africa in Capetown, 2011. In that very innings, Tendulkar faced Steyn with his tail-up, calling it “one of the best spells he had faced”. Similarly, Steyn explained what it was like bowling to Tendulkar, especially in front of a packed Indian crowd.