Top Five Highest individual scores by Batsman in ODIs- The concept of the highest score in a One Day International match in cricket has been dynamic since the introduction of ODIs in 1971. Initially, scoring a century in a limited overs game was considered to be impossible. But as the sport has progressed, so have our expectations.
The concept of scoring a double century in an ODI had eluded batsman after the great Vivian Richards came close to it in 1984 by scoring a close 189* against England. Pakistan’s Saeed Anwar also came dangerously close to a double century in 1997 against India.
The glass ceiling was finally broken by our very own Sachin ‘God’ Tendulkar and created history with a double century in 2010 against South Africa. And as he himself predicted the record was broken soon enough.
Top Five Highest individual scores by Batsman in ODIs
Here’s a list of five of the highest individual scores by batsmen in One Day Internationals.
#5 Rohit Sharma- 209
Sharma scored a ferocious 209 off 158 balls, against the great Australians at Chinnaswamy Stadium in 2013. At that point he was only the third batsman and incidentally only the third Indian to have scored a double century in ODI cricket. With 16 sixes, he broke the record of Shane Watson for most number of sixes in an ODI match, in that very match.
#4 Chris Gayle- 215
The go-big-or-go-home style batsman lets it rip against Zimbabwe in ICC World Cup 2015 at Manuka Oval in Canberra. The Gayle storm started and there was no stopping him. In this match, he hit 16 deliveries flying over the boundary and joined the elite club of hitting the most number of sixes in an ODI match with Rohit Sharma and AB De Villiers. He also became the first man in ODI history to score a double century in a World Cup.
#3 Virender Sehwag- 219
The Sultan of Multan scored 219 off 149 balls against West Indies in 2011 at Indore. As he dismantled the West Indian bowling line-up, Sehwag became the second batsman to score a double century and also the highest run scorer at that time.
#2 Martin Guptill- 237*
The dynamic nature of cricket and sports, in general, can be understood by this knock of New Zealand veteran Martin Guptill. He was the last man standing from his side, while it played against West Indies in the World Cup 2015. Quite ironically, he decimated the record set by Chris Gayle just a few weeks before in front of him.
#1 Rohit Sharma- 264
Rohit Sharma is the only batsman to have scored a double century twice. He bettered his own record of 209 as he smashed Sri Lankan bowlers all around the stadium at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. With 32 fours and 9 sixes, he gave the Lankans a run for their money and the crowd, full value entertainment.