Sachin Tendulkar is currently leading the 'India Legends' team.

New Delhi:

The ball, with which Sachin Tendulkar scored the first double century in international ODI history in Gwalior 12 years ago, has been presented to him as a gift in Indore.

An official of Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) gave this information on Monday.

It is worth noting that Tendulkar is currently in Indore in connection with the T20 matches of the 'Road Safety World Series Tournament'.

The tournament, which is a fast-paced format, features teams from different countries adorned with former international cricketers, with Tendulkar leading the 'India Legends' team.

MPCA chief curator Samandar Singh Chauhan told that when Tendulkar reached Holkar Stadium in Indore on Sunday for practice, he reached him with the ball related to the record of double century scored by "Master Blaster" in Gwalior and asked him to take this ball. But requested to give autograph.

He said, "On seeing this ball, a buoyant Tendulkar asked me if I can gift it to him?

I immediately agreed as it was a matter of luck for me.

Now this ball has reached its rightful owner.

Chauhan said that after the one-day match between India and South Africa played 12 years ago in Gwalior, he had saved the ball associated with Tendulkar's double century record as a memorabilia.

The curator, who has more than four decades of experience in preparing wickets, told that he had prepared the pitch on which Tendulkar made this record at the Captain Roopsingh Stadium in Gwalior.

It is worth mentioning that in the one-day match against South Africa in Gwalior on 24 February 2010, Tendulkar played an unbeaten innings of 200 runs in 147 balls with the help of 25 fours and three sixes.

This was the first time in this format of international cricket that a player had scored a double century.

In this match, India won over South Africa by a huge margin of 153 runs and Tendulkar was adjudged the player of the match.