The year 2023 is set to witness several exciting tournaments in international cricket. Following the conclusion of the Indian Premier League, teams India, and Australia will travel to London to compete in the highly anticipated WTC Final. Subsequently, The Ashes will commence in England, while team India will return home.
However, the pinnacle of the year will be the upcoming ODI World Cup scheduled for October and November. The ten participating teams have already been finalized and are diligently preparing to deliver their finest performances in the tournament.
All the players who will be participating in the 50-over format will be in the spotlight and hopeful at the same time to make new records at the grandest stage of Cricket.
5 batsmen who have scored the highest number in the ODI World Cup.
1) Martin Guptill – vs West Indies (237)
For a considerable period, New Zealand has established itself as one of the prominent contenders in ICC tournaments. Although they have not yet won a limited-over World Cup, they have consistently posed formidable challenges to the teams reaching the finals. In 2015, Martin Guptill showcased his exceptional form by scoring an impressive 237 runs off 163 balls, achieving a remarkable strike rate of 145.39. Guptill’s innings featured an astonishing 24 fours and 11 sixes. Since that extraordinary performance, no other batsman has managed to surpass the New Zealand legend’s record in that specific World Cup innings, marking its significance even after 8 years.
2) Chris Gayle – vs Zimbabwe (215)
The ODI World Cup of 2015 was exceptional because it also witness Chris Gayle playing the best ODI innings of his career. This time, Zimbabwe bowlers became the target of the Gayle storm. Chris Gayle scored 215 runs in 147 balls at a strike rate of 146.25. His innings included 10 fours and 16 sixes. Gayle is a West Indian legend and there was a time when every bowler had a fear of facing Gayle in his career. Chris Gayle has not announced his retirement yet and expresses his desire to play for his nation again.
3) Gary Kristen – vs UAE (188)
South Africa is known for the quality of players the country has produced in the past. They still have some of the best players participating in the upcoming tournament and predictions are that South Africa will give a tough time to other squads. In 1996, South African cricket was at its peak and Gary Kristen was ruling the world with his bat. In the 1996 world cup, Gary Kristen scored 188 runs in 159 balls at a strike rate of 118.23. His innings included 13 fours and four sixes.
4) Sourav Ganguly – vs Sri Lanka (183)
There is no way the list will be completed if an Indian batsman is not mentioned in the list. One of the legendary batsmen from the Indian sub-continent, Saurav Ganguly announced his arrival in 1999 while playing against Sri Lanka in the 1999 World Cup. He scored 183 runs in 158 balls at a strike rate of 115.82. Ganguly’s innings included 17 fours and 7 sixes. The Southpaw batter went on to become one of the most influential figures of Indian cricket and a leader who completely changed the game in the country.
5) Vivian Richards – vs Sri Lanka (181)
Vivian Richards is one of the most influential figures in West Indies cricket. He still has an impact on the young generation of cricketers from across the globe. During the 1987 World Cup in Karachi, Vivian Richards scored 181 runs against Sri Lanka in 125 balls at a strike rate 144.81. His innings included 16 fours and 4 sixes. The score was not broken for a long time in international cricket and still, it takes a huge amount of hard work for a talented batter to reach that number.