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5 times a number 11 top-scored in an ODI innings

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New Zealand cricketer Chris Pringle became the first #11 to top score for his team in 1994

Batting, for a number eleven batsman, has never been easy. Number elevens are generally the specialist bowlers on the side. Batsmen batting down the order follow a tradition of playing aggressive cricket and try to hit every ball in aspiration to score more runs for the side, but their all-or-nothing approach lands them into throwing their wickets away.

But there have been a few instances where these batsmen have put a price to their wicket and did not let go, instead ending up as the top-scorer in their innings.

Here are some instances where a number 11 batsmen top-scored for their teams in One-Day Internationals.


1) Christopher Pringle (New Zealand)


Christopher Pringle is a former New Zealand cricketer who was born in Auckland. He represented New Zealand in 14 Tests and 64 ODIs between 1990 and 1995.

He made his Test debut against Pakistan at Karachi in 1990/91 season. In just his third Test, he took his best bowling figures of 11-152, including 7-52 in the first innings of the match.

In 1994, in an ODI against the West Indies at Guwahati, Pringle became the first number eleven batsman in ODI history to top score for his team in an ODI against the Windies. He scored an unbeaten 34 runs in New Zealand's total of 171/9.

Although New Zealand lost the match by 165 runs, Pringle, with Dion Nash, went on to score an unbeaten partnership of 48 runs for the last wicket.

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