ODI cricket has come a long way from the 1970s. It was the most played layout of cricket until the inception of T20 cricket in 2006 and gradually T20 cricket overcame it. A bunch of great cricketers have played ODI cricket, scoring a century in an ODI game is amazing but being able to play for a longer time and become the highest run scorer in a match is unparalleled. Only the players with dedication, class, and perseverance can score high in a game. In today’s article we will explain about the batsmen with the highest individual score in ODI.
Current Indian skipper Rohit Sharma is renowned for his brutal hitting on the ground and his mammoth innings of 264 off 173 balls stands as the highest Individual score in ODI cricket history. It was only a year when Rohit broke Sachin’s record of the highest ODI score as a player in 2013. But the alluring batter had different plans and Sharma shed a bloodbath on Lankan bowlers in the 4th ODI at Eden Gardens in 2014, smashing them for 33 fours and 9 sixes to reach the record numbers. His robust butchery aided India to score 404 runs and won the match by 153 runs.
Swashbuckling Kiwi opener Martin Guptill holds the 2nd position on the elite list of highest individual scores in ODI. It was the special occasion of the quarter-final of the 2015 ODI World Cup when Guptill decided to tear down the Caribbean bowling lineup, mustering an unbeaten 237 off 163 deliveries batting the entire 50 overs in Wellington. The classy batter charged West Indies with 24 boundaries and 11 over boundaries. However, Jamaican Andre Russell alone leaked 96 runs in that match as New Zealand piled up 393 runs at the end of the innings.
The synonym of destruction in cricket, Virender Sehwag claims the 3rd spot on the premium highest individual score in the ODI tally. Having made 219 runs off 149 balls against the West Indies in Indore in 2011, Sehwag became the 2nd batsman in ODI cricket history to get a double ton. The Delhi-born opener showed no mercy on the West Indian bowlers, clobbering 25 fours and sending the ball over the rope 7 times. Sehwag’s spectacular knock led India to set their highest ODI score, 418 for 5.
One of the batting greats to make the game entertaining, Chris Gayle finds himself in the 4th position on the chart of highest individual score in IPL with 215 runs in 147 balls against Zimbabwe in Canberra in the 2015 ODI World Cup. Such is the aura of Gayle that if he starts connecting the ball well, there is no stopping for him until a miraculous delivery gets him out. The same damage occurred to Zimbabwe, the self-proclaimed “Universal Boss” bashed 16 sixes to achieve the three-figure mark, which is the joint most sixes by a batsman in an ODI inning.
The only Pakistani batsman to smash a double century in ODI, Fakhar Zaman accumulated an unbeaten 210 off 156 balls against Zimbabwe, which is the 5th highest individual score in ODI. Zaman looked dangerous from the very first delivery and hit 24 fours and 5 sixes to make Zimbabwe bowlers look helpless. Zaman alongside his opening partner Imam Ul Haq, who also made 113 shattered the highest opening partnership record of 286 runs by stitching a 304 runs opening stand. Carnage sponsored by Zaman and Imam assisted Pakistan to register their highest ODI score of 399.
|R Sharma (IND)||264||173||Sri Lanka||2014|
|M Guptill (NZ)||237*||163||West Indies||2015|
|V Sehwag (IND)||219||149||West Indies||2011|
|C Gayle (WI)||215||147||Zimbabwe||2015|
|F Zaman (PAK)||210*||156||Zimbabwe||2018|
|I Kishan (IND)||210||131||Bangladesh||2023|
|R Sharma (IND)||209||158||Australia||2013|
|R Sharma (IND)||208*||153||Sri Lanka||2017|
|S Gill (IND)||208||149||New Zealand||2023|
|S Tendulkar (IND)||200*||147||South Africa||2010|
|C Coventry (ZIM)||194*||156||Bangladesh||2009|
|S Anwar (PAK)||194||146||India||1997|
|F Zaman (PAK)||193||155||South Africa||2021|
|IVA Richards (WI)||189*||170||England||1984|
|M Guptill (NZ)||189*||155||England||2013|
Rohit Sharma scored the highest individual score in an ODI, 264 runs.
Rohit Sharma made the highest individual score in ODIs among Indians (264).
Martin Guptill smashed the highest individual score in ODI World Cup, 237* against West Indies.
Sachin Tendulkar is the first player to score 200 in ODI, 200* vs South Africa in 2010.
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