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Most runs in a bilateral ODI series

  • Only two batsmen have managed to score more than 500 in a bilateral ODI series.
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Modified 20 Dec 2019, 14:56 IST

Chris Gayle of the West Indies in action
A young Chris Gayle tormented India in 2002

In the history of ODIs, only nine batsmen have managed to score more than 450 runs in a bilateral ODI series. Just let that sink in. Some of the best batsmen to have ever played the game, from Sachin Tendulkar and Viv Richards to Ricky Ponting and Brian Lara, have never gone past that milestone.

Of those nine players, only two have scored more than 500 runs. While many more have done it in World Cups, to do so in a bilateral ODI series, which doesn't consist of more than seven matches speaks for simply sensational form.

Here is the list of batsmen with most runs in a bilateral ODI series:

#6 Chris Gayle

While he may have been in the shadows as far as ODI cricket is concerned of late, there is no doubt about Chris Gayle's pedigree in the format. A tally of over 9,000 ODI runs from 275 matches is proof of that and the unfortunate victims of his finest hour as an ODI player in a bilateral ODI series was India.

The seven-match ODI series began and ended on a far from positive note for the hard-hitting Jamaican opener. But in between were four absolute top-class knocks that helped West Indies go on to win the series. Between the second and fourth ODI, Gayle scored three centuries and a fifty and eventually finished the series with an incredible tally of 455 runs from seven matches.

His incredible helped West Indies win the series and that means that four of this top five includes a batsman who scored runs against India or for India.

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Published 17 Feb 2018, 00:38 IST
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