Highest individual score by batting position in ODIs
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 Martin Guptill- 237 not out of 163 balls, for New Zealand against West Indies, Wellington, March 2015
Guptill’s blistering 237 was the highest score in a One Day International, at the World Cup. While double centuries in ODI’s have become passé since Sachin Tendulkar achieved the feat against South Africa in 2010, to achieve this feat in a World Cup quarter-final is an impressive achievement.
Marlon Samuels’ name went down in infamy as he dropped a sitter from Guptill in the first over. The belligerent Kiwi, made that chance count, as he went on to score a memorable double century that will not be forgotten by the spectators at Wellington. He hit 24 boundaries and 11 sixes in a knock that lasted the full 50 overs.
Guptill has forged a reputation as one of the most devastating batsmen in world cricket, thanks to his explosive batting style, and attacks the opposition bowling right from the outset. The West Indies felt the full force of his power hitting, and that quarter-final will be one they will want to forget in a hurry.