The ODI format of cricket has a special kind of attraction to cricket fans. There is a special fan base for the ODI format and it is because of the same reason even after the invention of T20 cricket, the ODI format has not lost any weight. The year 2023 is special for the ODI format as the ODI World Cup is scheduled to take place. Every four years we witness the new champion who dominates the rest of the teams.
ODI format is purely a team game where every aspect of the team is important. However, in the past few years, we have witnessed the uprising of some of the most talented ODI batters in the world.
Top five batters who have the highest Individual Scores in ODIs.
5) Fakhar Zaman – 210
It is a proven fact that whenever it comes to the limited-over format of the game, the cricket-playing teams from the Asian sub-continent have produced some of the finest players. Fakhar Zaman from Pakistan is the latest addition to the list as he scored 210 runs in 158 balls in 2018 against Zimbabwe.
His innings included 24 boundaries and 5 sixes. Fakhar Zaman has become one of the best batters from Pakistan and in the upcoming ODI World Cup, the team will be dependent on his talent to make an impact in the tournament.
4) Chris Gayle – 215
Whenever a discussion of the best batsman in the world happens in any corner, you can’t miss out on the name of Chris Gayle. Gayle dominated international cricket with his bat for a long time and has given nightmares to some of the best bowlers in the world.
In the 2015 World Cup, Chris Gayle stunned everyone by scoring the highest individual scores in ODI innings. His biggest ODI knock came while playing against Zimbabwe in 147 balls. The Jamaican batter displayed his dominance and helped West Indies to score a comfortable win.
3) Virender Sehwag – 219
Indian cricket is known to produce some of the best batsmen in the history of cricket and the list won’t be completed without the name of Virender Sehwag in it. Virender Sehwag was undoubtedly the most aggressive batsman ODI cricket has ever seen.
In 2011, Virender Sehwag blasted 219 runs in 147 balls and was one of the highest scorers in the ODI format. His aggressive style of batting changed the image of Indian cricket and helped the other Indian cricketers to develop their game.
2) Martin Guptill – 237
Another highest ODI knock in the 2015 ODI World Cup came from the bat of New Zealand’s legend Martin Guptill. Taking things into his hand against West Indies, Martin Guptill smashed 237 runs in 163 and became the highest scorer in the World Cup tournament. Guptill also became the only New Zealand cricketer to score a double century in the ODI format.
Kiwis have always come out as one of the strongest teams in the limited format of the game and Martin Guptill is an inspiration to the upcoming New Zealand cricketers.
1) Rohit Sharma – 264
The current Indian skipper, Rohit Sharma, tops the charts with 264 runs and a record that is turning out to be unbreakable. His record was registered against Sri Lanka in 2014 and Sharma’s innings included 33 fours and 9 sixes, the highest percentage of runs any batsman has scored with the help of boundaries.
Rohit Sharma is the only batsman in the world who holds the record of scoring three double-hundreds in the ODI format and also he is on top with his highest individual scores in ODI matches.