When India’s Rohit Sharma blasted 264 in an ODI match against Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens in 2014, he not only became the first ever batsman to score 2 double centuries in 50-over cricket but also set a new benchmark for the highest individual score in the format.
Although it looks like a daunting prospect for someone to be able to eclipse this phenomenal record, there are quite a few brilliant ODI batsmen in world cricket including Rohit himself who may be able to pull it off. In fact, there has already been at least one instance of Indian batsman’s record being threatened.
Let’s take a look at 5 batsmen other than Rohit Sharma who may be able to break the 264-run barrier:
#5 David Warner
It is difficult to imagine a more fearsome batsman than David Warner when in full flow. The best thing about the way Warner bats is that there is no change in his aggressive intent regardless of the format that he may be playing.
The diminutive Australian batsman’s ODI record may not be as prolific as his numbers in Test cricket but he still holds an average of just under 40 and more importantly, a strike in excess of 92. Warner also has the tendency of scoring big hundreds, a primary example being his 178 in a 2015 World Cup group stage match against Afghanistan.
David Warner was expected to score at least a double century in that match as there were still 12 overs left in the game but he threw his wicket away while trying to smash one out of the park.
Even though the 200-run mark may be eluding Warner in ODI cricket so far, it may just be a matter of time before he gets there considering his prowess with the bat. However, the southpaw also has a chance of surpassing Rohit Sharma’s record 264 if he can stick around till the final stages of the innings.