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Top 10 Highest Individual Scores in ODI Cricket | Record-Breaking Heroics

Since its inception in 1971, One Day International (ODI) cricket has been a platform for witnessing numerous exhilarating innings. However, as the game evolved and the competition intensified, the pursuit of higher run totals became a prevailing trend. While a century (100 runs) was once regarded as a significant milestone, it has now transformed into a benchmark for batsmen to aim for. With the advent of power-hitting and the presence of batting-friendly pitches, cricketers have consistently pushed the boundaries, striving to achieve greater heights and etch their names in the record books with remarkable individual scores. Here is a list of 10 batsmen who have scored the highest individual score in ODI cricket and have registered their names in the cricketing record-maker’s list.

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Top 10 Highest Individual Score in ODI

Player

Runs

Mins

Balls

4s

6s

SR

Team

Opposition

Match Date

Rohit Sharma

264

225

173

33

9

152.60

India

v Sri Lanka

13 Nov 2014

MJ Guptill

237*

223

163

24

11

145.39

New Zealand

v West Indies

21 Mar 2015

Virender Sehwag

219

208

149

25

7

146.97

India

v West Indies

08 Dec 2011

CH Gayle

215

212

147

10

16

146.25

West Indies

v Zimbabwe

24 Feb 2015

Fakhar Zaman

210*

221

156

24

5

134.61

Pakistan

v Zimbabwe

20 Jul 2018

Ishan Kishan

210

169

131

24

10

160.30

India

v Bangladesh

10 Dec 2022

RG Sharma

209

222

158

12

16

132.27

India

v Australia

02 Nov 2013

RG Sharma

208*

212

153

13

12

135.94

India

v Sri Lanka

13 Dec 2017

Shubman Gill

208

225

149

19

9

139.59

India

v New Zealand

18 Jan 2023

Sachin Tendulkar

200*

226

147

25

3

136.05

India

v South Africa

24 Feb 2010


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10
200*, Sachin Tendulkar (India) v/s South Africa, Gwalior (2010)

Kreedon Highest individual score in ODI: Sachin Tendulkar 200* vs South Africa 200
This was Sachin’s 46th ODI century and 92nd century in international cricket (credits: Punit Paranjpe/Reuters)

On 24 February, 2010, history was created at Captain Roop Singh Stadium in Gwalior when the ‘Master Blaster’, ‘The God of Cricket’ himself blessed his fans by becoming the first man on earth to score a double hundred in an ODI match. Sachin Tendulkar scored an unbeaten knock of 200* at an explosive strike rate of 136.05. A strong bowling line-up with exceptionally talented bowlers like Dale Steyn and Jacques Kallis was smashed all over the ground as Tendulkar hit 25 fours and 3 sixes in his 147-ball innings. Sachin helped India reach a mammoth total of 401 for the loss of only 3 wickets in their 50 overs and helped India defeat South Africa by a huge margin of 153 runs.


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9
208, Shubman Gill (India) vs New Zealand, Hyderabad (2023)

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In an ODI series against New Zealand, Shubman Gill shines with a stunning double century. In a thrilling encounter at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, India secured a victory over New Zealand by 12 runs in 1st ODI. Shubman Gill’s remarkable knock of 208 runs off 149 balls, including 19 fours and 9 sixes, powered India to a massive total of 349/8. 

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8
208*, Rohit Sharma (India) v/s Sri Lanka, Mohali (2017)

Kreedon highest individual score in odi: Rohit Sharma's 3rd 200 vs srilanka
Rohit scored his last 100 runs in just 36 balls (credits: AP)

On 13th December 2017, Rohit Sharma became the only batsman to score 3 double hundreds in ODI cricket. He scored an unbeaten knock of 208 runs in just 153 balls. Rohit got out for just 2 in the previous game as India was defeated by Sri Lanka quite comfortably by 7 wickets with 176 balls remaining. However, the ‘Hitman’ came back with a record-breaking knock in the 2nd ODI and led India to reach a huge total of 392/4. India won the match by a massive margin of 141 runs. He smashed 13 fours and 12 sixes at a strike rate of 135.94. Although the initial part of the innings was slow, Rohit took only 36 balls to score the last 100 runs.

7
209, Rohit Sharma (India) v/s Australia, Bengaluru (2013)

Kreedon highest individual score in ODI: Rohit Sharma's 209 vs Australia
According to Rohit Sharma, this is his best 200 out of the other 3 as it helped India win the series decider 3-2 at Bengaluru (credits: @bcci)

On 2nd November 2013 was the series decider between India and Australia at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. It was Rohit Sharma who stole the hearts of millions of cricketing fans by scoring a mammoth 209 in just 158 balls at a blistering strike rate of 132.27. He guided India to a huge total of 383/6 and helped in clinching the ODI series against their arch rivals. This was Rohit’s first of the three 200s that he has scored in his ODI career. He thrashed Australia’s bowling line-up by smashing 16 sixes and till date holds the record for hitting the most number of sixes in an innings by an individual.

6
210, Ishan Kishan (India) vs Bangladesh, Chattogram (2022)

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Ishan Kishan rues missed opportunity for a historic 300-run knock in the third ODI against Bangladesh in Chattogram. The talented left-handed batsman showcased his brilliance on December 10, 2022, scoring a breathtaking 210 runs off just 131 balls, featuring an impressive tally of 24 fours and 10 sixes. Notably, besides becoming the youngest player (now Shubman Gill) to achieve an ODI double century, Kishan also surpassed Chris Gayle’s long-standing record for the fastest double hundred in ODIs.


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5
210*, Fakhar Zaman (Pakistan) v/s Zimbabwe, Bulawayo (2018)

Kreedon highest individual score in ODI: Fakhar Zaman's 210 vs Zimbabwe is the highest individual score by a Pakistani batsman
Fakhar Zaman guided Pakistan in scoring their highest team total in ODIs (credits:AFP)

Recently, on 20th July 2018, Fakhar Zaman became the first Pakistani batsman to score a double hundred in ODIs. He scored an unbeaten 210 in just 156 balls at an explosive strike rate of 134.61. Zaman hit 25 fours and 5 sixes and shattered a fairly weak bowling line-up of Zimbabwe. He guided Pakistan in reaching a total of 399 for the loss of only one wicket. The left-handed opener was involved in a record breaking with opening partnership of 308 runs with Imam-ul-Haq and helped Pakistan in winning the game quite comfortably by a gigantic margin of 244 runs.

4
215, Chris Gayle (West Indies) v/s Zimbabwe, Canberra (2015)

Kreedon highest individual score in ODI: Chris Gayle 215 vs Zimbabwe in 2015 ICC World Cup
Gayle had not scored a century for 18 innings before this match (credits: Getty Images)

On 24th February 2015, Christopher Henry Gayle became the first batsman to score a double hundred in World Cups by smashing 215 runs off just 147 balls against Zimbabwe. He hit 10 fours and 16 sixes and equaled Rohit Sharma’s record of hitting the most sixes in an innings. West Indies lost their first wicket at 0 in the form of Dwayne Smith. But it was the ‘Gayle Storm’ accompanied by the Marlon Samuel’s 133*(156) that scored. Both batsmen made a 372-run partnership, which is the highest partnership in ODIs at any wicket. They ended up scoring their whole team’s total together as the Windies defeated Zimbabwe convincingly by 73 runs (D/L method).

3
219, Virender Sehwag (India) v/s West Indies, Indore (2011)

Kreedon highest individual score in ODI: Virender Sehwag 219 vs West Indies
Virender Sehwag was the acting captain of India in this series and scored the highest individual score in an innings by a captain (credits: Punit Paranjpe/AFP)

Virender Sehwag, on 8th December 2011 became the second batsman after Sachin Tendulkar, to score a double hundred in ODI cricket. The aggressive right-handed opener smashed 219 off just 149 balls at an unbelievable strike rate of 146.97. He struck 25 fours and 7 sixes in every possible corner of Holkar Stadium, Indore. The ‘Nawab of Najafgarh’ broke the record of scoring the highest individual score by a captain in an ODI and led his team to score 418/5 in their quota of 50 overs. Till date, this is India’s highest team total in ODI cricket. India won the match very comfortably by 153 runs, special thanks to Viru’s historic knock, which was then the highest individual score in ODI cricket.


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2
237*, Martin Guptill (New Zealand) v/s West Indies, Wellington (2015)

Kreedon highest individual score in ODI: Martin Guptill 237* in World Cup vs West Indies
Martin Guptill’s 237 helped New Zealand register a record victory in a World Cup knockout match (credits: Getty Images)

Second on this list is New Zealand’s star opener Martin Guptill. Guptill scored a blistering knock of 237 from 163 balls. As a result, he became the first Kiwi batsman to score a double hundred in ODI. The reason why this is one of the best innings in international cricket is because it came in an extremely crucial World Cup Quarter-Final in Wellington. Guptill guided New Zealand to a mammoth total of 393/6 which assisted them in reaching the semi-finals. They defeated the Windies by a huge margin of 143 runs. With this knock, Guptill broke the record of scoring the highest individual score in World Cups.

1
264, Rohit Sharma (India) v/s Sri Lanka, Kolkata (2014)

Kreedon highest individual score in ODI: Rohit Sharma 264 vs Sri Lanka Kolkata
Rohit Sharma was making a comeback in the Indian team after a long injury in this match. (Credits: @bcci)

13th November 2014 is the date written down in history books as the day when the highest individual score in ODI cricket was scored by Rohit Sharma at his favorite cricket ground, the Eden Gardens of Kolkata. The Indian Vice-Captain played an unimaginable innings of 264 runs in just 173 balls at an even unimaginable strike rate of 152.63.

With this innings, the ‘Hitman’ also broke the record of hitting the most number of boundaries by an individual in ODI (42 – 33 fours and 9 sixes). Rohit faced 173 balls – the most number of balls a batsman has ever faced in a 50-over ODI format. Rohit guided India to a gigantic total of 404/5. India won the match by 153 runs as Sri Lanka got all out for 251 runs, 13 less than Rohit! The difference of runs between Rohit and the second highest run getter of the innings, Virat Kohli (66runs) was 198!


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Shashwat Chaturvedi
Shashwat Chaturvedi
I am a media student, looking forward to specialize in either journalism or advertising. I'm a very big fan of the beautiful game of cricket and started following it because of MS Dhoni 14 years ago, when I was just 5.

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  1. I am a huge fan of cricket , indian team has always shown their best performance in every format , and the results are metioned above. Taking five positions in Top ten individual scorer.

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