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Top 12 Batsmen with most centuries in ODI cricket

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100. These three digits (of course in the same order!) hold a very special value in the life of a cricketer. Despite being known as a ‘Batsman’s Game’, it is not easy to score runs in cricket consistently, let alone centuries. However, there are a handful of players have managed to do so. It is the ultimate test for any budding youngster looking to make a mark on the game. And that is what we will look at today, i,e, players with the most centuries in ODI and the numbers behind them.

1List of Top 12 Batsmen with most centuries in ODI cricket

Herschelle Gibbs picks his top contenders for World Cup 2019. Image Source: George Herald
S.N Players Name Number of centuries
1 Sachin Tendulkar 49
2 Virat Kohli 43
3 Ricky Ponting 30
4 Sanath Jayasuriya 28
5 Rohit Sharma 29
6 Hashim Amla 27
7 AB de Villiers 25
8 Chris Gayle 25
9 Kumar Sangakkara 25
10 Sourav Ganguly 22
11 Tillakaratne Dilshan 22
12 Herschelle Gibbs 21

Herschelle Gibbs (South Africa)

Herschelle Gibbs is at number 12 among batsmen with most centuries in ODIs. The South African opener has scored 21 centuries in 248 matches. He had a career average of 36.12 and a strike rate of 83.26. Along with his centuries, Gibbs is remembered as the first player to hit six sixes in an over and one among 9 batsmen to score 3 consecutive centuries. 

  • Centuries: 21
  • Matches: 248
  • Average: 36.13
  • Strike Rate: 83.26
  • High Score: 175 vs Australia (2006)
  • Total ODI runs: 8,094

Tillakaratne Dilshan (Sri Lanka)

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Dilshan, the inventor of the famous Dilscoop comes at number 11 among batsmen with the most centuries in ODI cricket. He has scored 22 hundreds. Incidentally, Dilshan also featured in the top 12 in our list of batsmen with the most runs in T20 international matches. The right-handed opener is considered as one of the best run chasers to ever have played for Sri Lanka. 

  • Centuries: 22
  • Matches: 330
  • Average: 39.27
  • Strike Rate: 86.23
  • High Score: 161* vs Bangladesh (2015)
  • Total ODI runs: 10,290

Sourav Ganguly (India)

Sourav Ganguly was prolific captain in ODI for India (Source ABP Majha)

The Dada (Elder brother in Bengali) of Indian Cricket, Sourav Ganguly comes at number 10 among batsmen with most centuries in ODIs. The current President of the BCCI has scored 22 centuries in 311 matches. In his ODI career, Dada has scored 11,363 runs with an average of 41.02 and a strike rate of 73.30. Apart from all these records, Ganguly is also considered as one of the most successful captains in modern cricket. 

  • Centuries: 22
  • Matches: 311
  • Average: 41.02
  • Strike Rate: 73.70
  • High Score: 183 vs Sri Lanka (1999)
  • Total ODI runs: 11,363

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Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka)

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The ICC Cricketer of 2012, Kumar Sangakkara is among the best wicketkeeper and batsmen to have played for the Sri Lankan cricket team. The left-handed opener has hit 25 centuries in 404 matches. He is rated as the greatest ODI batsmen to have ever played the game by Cricket Australia in 2016. Sangakkara is also the first and only batsman to hit four consecutive hundreds. 

  • Centuries: 25
  • Matches: 404
  • Average: 41.98
  • Strike Rate: 78.86
  • High Score: 169 vs SA (2013)
  • Total ODI runs: 14,234

Chris Gayle (West Indies)

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Chris Gayle, or famously known as the ‘Universal Boss’ and ‘Gayle Storm’ comes at number 8 among the batsmen with most centuries in ODIs. In his long career, Chris Gayle has hit 25 centuries in 301 matches. Further, he is second on the list of most sixes in ODI with 331, just 20 behind Shahid Afridi. Chris Gayle is also the first player ever to have scored centuries in all three formats of cricket. 

  • Centuries: 25
  • Matches: 301
  • Average: 37.83
  • Strike Rate: 87.19
  • High Score: 215 vs Zimbabwe (2015)
  • Total ODI runs: 10,480

AB de Villiers (South Africa)

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Mr 360 of Cricket, AB De Villers is the next cricketer on our list of most centuries in ODIs. The former South African skipper has scored 25 centuries in 228 matches. ABD, along with Virat Kohli are the only players to win the ICC ODI player of the year three times. He won it in 2010, 2014 and 2015. 

ABD is the only player in our list have a strike rate of over 100. The right-handed batsman also holds the unique record of scoring the fastest 50 (16 balls), 100 (31 balls) and 150 (64 balls) in ODI cricket. 

  • Centuries: 25
  • Matches: 228
  • Average: 53.50
  • Strike Rate: 101.09
  • High Score: 176 vs Bangladesh (2017)
  • Total ODI runs: 9,577

Hashim Amla (South Africa)

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The third and final South African among the batsmen with the most centuries in ODIs! Hashim Amla is widely counted as one of the greatest opening batsmen of all time. His records say so! Amla is the fastest player to reach 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000, 6000, and 7000 runs in ODI cricket.

Hold your breath! There is still more. Amla is the fastest player to reach 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 20th, 25th and 27th centuries in ODI cricket. Amla is also the 4th player to score a century in ODI against all the test-playing nations. 

  • Centuries: 27
  • Matches: 181
  • Average: 49.46
  • Strike Rate: 88.39
  • High Score: 159 vs Ireland (2015)
  • Total ODI runs: 8,113

Rohit Sharma (India)

Sharma scored 111 (61) in this brilliant innings vs West Indies (credits: AP)

Rohit ‘Hitman’ Sharma, the vice-captain of the Indian Cricket Team has scored 27 centuries in 218 matches. However, with the form, he is in, don’t be surprised if Sharma moves further up the list. Rohit also holds various other records in ODI cricket. His 264 against Sri Lanka is the highest by any batsman and is the only player to score three double centuries in ODIs. 

  • Centuries: 29
  • Matches: 218
  • Average: 48.52
  • Strike Rate: 88.57
  • High Score: 264 vs Sri Lanka (2014)
  • Total ODI runs: 8,686

Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka)

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Apart from his brief stint on Jalak Dikhlaja, Sri Lankan all-rounder Sanath Jayasuriya is known for pioneering the modern way of hard-hitting cricket, the way it is played today. The Sri Lankan great has scored 28 centuries in 446 ODI matches. In his 20-year cricket career, Jayasuriya has won 47 Man of the Match awards in ODI’s, with only Tendulkar ahead of him. 

  • Centuries: 28
  • Matches: 445
  • Average: 32.36
  • Strike Rate: 91.20
  • High Score: 189 vs India (2000)
  • Total ODI runs: 13,430

Most centuries in ODI: Ricky Ponting (Australia)

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The Captain of the Australian team during its Golden Era, Ricky Pointing is considered as one of the greatest batsmen of all time. Among a long list of ODI records, Pointing is the holder of the only player with over 250 wins, the most capped Captain in ODI, and the highest ODI runscorer as a captain. For Australia, Pointing has scored 30 centuries in 375 matches. 

  • Centuries: 30
  • Matches: 375
  • Average: 42.03
  • Strike Rate: 80.39
  • High Score: 164 vs SA (2006)
  • Total ODI runs: 13,704

Most centuries in ODI: Virat Kohli (India)

Virat Kohli, or King Kohli, is the fastest cricketer to reach 10,000 ODI runs in just 205 innings (Credits: bcci)

A man on route greatness, Virat Kohli is number two on the list of batsmen with the most centuries in ODI cricket. The Indian team and RCB captain has 43 centuries in just 239 matches. Kohli has been named the ICC ODI Player of the year three times- 2012, 2017, 2018. 

He has been in the ICC ODI Team of the year five times- 2012, 2014, 2016 (captain), 2017 (captain) and 2018 (captain). At the pace he is going, Kohli won’t be behind Sachin Tendulkar for much longer.

  • Centuries: 43
  • Matches: 239
  • Average: 60.31
  • Strike Rate: 93.21
  • High Score: 93.21 vs Pakistan (2012)
  • Total ODI runs: 11,520

Most centuries in ODI: Sachin Tendulkar (India)

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The Little Master, The Master Blaster, and on. There aren’t enough words to describe Sachin’s cricketing talent and his contribution to the Gentleman’s game. In 463 matches, Sachin has hit 49 ODI centuries. Further, he is the highest run-scorer in ODI cricket with 18,426 runs with an average of 44.83 runs per match and a strike rate of 86.23.

  • Centuries: 49
  • Matches: 463
  • Average: 44.83
  • Strike Rate: 86.23
  • High Score: 200* vs South Africa (2010)
  • Total ODI runs: 18,426

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