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Highest individual score by batting position in ODIs

Listing the cricketers with highest scores in ODI's by batting position

Ever since the advent of T20’s, the world of cricket has seen a spurt in the number of boundaries being hit. For long, cricket has been a batsman’s game, and now this holds truer than ever. With explosive batting being the major crowd puller for cricket nowadays, Test Cricket has lost much of its old-worldly charm.

With the 5 day format restricted to staunch connoisseurs of the game nowadays, One Day Internationals and Twenty 20’s are the ones which attract the crowds to the stadium. While T20’s are more of a slam-bang affair, much like cricket on steroids, ODI’s are a bit of a hybrid between T20’s and Test cricket.

The resurgence of the ODI format over time has been largely due to individual batting performances. ODI’s are the only format in which a batsman can truly play a delivery on its merit. Whereas T20’s require a gung-ho approach, where a boundary an over is par for the course, Test matches require a more patient and cautious approach.

ODI batting has been reinvented in the past decade or so, with new field restrictions enforced throughout 50 overs, allowing batsman more space to pick up runs. This has certainly led to a spurt in the number of record-breaking individual scores in ODI’s.

Here we take a look at the highest individual scores sorted by batting order, in ODIs:


#1 Rohit Sharma- 264 of 173 balls, for India against Sri Lanka, Kolkata, November 2014

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Rohit Sharma holds the record for the highest individual score in an ODI

29-year-old Rohit Sharma is the proud record holder for the highest runs scored by a batsman in an ODI innings. He achieved this feat while opening the batting for India against Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, during an ODI series between the 2 sides. 

Playing in the middle order, for India, Sharma came into prominence during the 2007 World Cup T20 tournament in South Africa, which India won. Although the tournament will be remembered by Indian fans largely due to the exploits of Yuvraj Singh, Sharma was a stabilising force in the middle order, who ensured India did not collapse in the middle overs, and gave a fillip to the run rate towards the end of the innings.

His world record knock was peppered with 33 fours and 9 sixes, which was an absolute treat for the eyes of the capacity crowd at the Eden Gardens. Although he was lucky on several occasions, with the Lankans dropping several catches, Sharma utilised his multiple lives with a splendid knock to seal his place at the top of the highest scorers list in ODI cricket.

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