Top 5 Best Double Centuries in ODI Cricket

Double Centuries in ODI
Double Centuries in ODI
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Best Double Centuries in ODI Cricket – Once upon a time, double centuries were only seen in test cricket. But as the game became faster thanks to the advent of T20s, double centuries are not so rare in ODIs too. Of course, we all predict there will be a time when double centuries will be seen in T20s too (the record of the highest individual score in T20s at the time of writing is by Chris Gayle, 175*). 

At the time of writing, Rohit Sharma, the famous Indian opener holds the record for the most number of double centuries in ODI cricket. He also has the record for the most number of individual runs in an ODI inning so far, where he made 264 against Sri Lanka in 2014. Here’s the list of some of the famous double centuries in ODI cricket so far. 

List of Top 5 Best Double Centuries in ODI Cricket History

Rohit Sharma264

Rohit Sharma 264
Rohit Sharma 264

This is the highest individual score in ODI innings so far, and when Rohit Sharma reached this ton, it was already his second double hundred. It is amazing to think that there was a time when 264 used to be the score made by a team in a single inning of an ODI. Even today, it is considered a competitive total by any team playing in most of the kinds of pitches. But Rohit Sharma made all the runs on his own. 

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More surprisingly, Rohit Sharma started the innings steadily by mainly focusing on scoring singles. His first fifty came off 72 balls. Then he accelerated and never stopped! The next fifties came more quickly, and the last one came off just 15 balls! The phenomenal knock boosted India’s chances in the match and eventually took them to victory. 

Sachin Tendulkar200*

Sachin Tendulkar 200
Sachin Tendulkar 200

Before this innings, Sachin Tendulkar had reached 163 while playing at Christchurch, New Zealand in 2009. After that innings, it was predicted that the Little Master would score a double century soon, and he did, one year later. This was in India’s home series against South Africa, and they had a quality bowling attack at that time. India had already won their first game in the series and was looking forward to another victory in the three-match series.

Sachin Tendulkar had a brisk start to the innings and reached his first 50 in 37 balls. He then slowed down to build a long partnership with the batter present then. His second 50 came off 53 balls. But once he reached his century, he accelerated rapidly. He attacked South Africa’s best bowler at the time, Dale Steyn who ended up giving 89 in his quota of 10 overs without taking any wicket. 

Tendulkar’s double century came off 147 balls and it included 25 fours and 3 sixes. This inning was one of the most complete innings one could see because it included all kinds of shots a batsman can hit. For all the budding cricketers out there, do not miss out on watching this innings once again. 

Martin Guptill237*

Martin Guptill 237
Martin Guptill 237

The score by the experienced Kiwi opener is the second-highest individual score in ODI cricket at the time of writing. It is also the highest individual score by any player in ODI World Cups, and this ton was scored during the 2015 Cricket World Cup played in Australia and New Zealand. The world cup eventually saw Australia becoming the champions. 

Martin Guptill’s innings were phenomenal against the solid West Indies bowling attack who had earlier dismissed Pakistan for just 160. From the first ball, it was clear that Guptill intended to attack the bowlers, the first ball being smacked for four. But he had his slice of luck when he survived an out-chance during the third delivery he faced. 

Post this, he became a little cautious and walked towards his first 50 in 64 balls. The next fifty came off just 37 balls. He took complete advantage of the powerplay restrictions in the death overs, where he contributed 137 runs. Given that this inning was played in a high-pressure World Cup match, it is undoubtedly one of the best ODI innings ever in history by any individual. 

Virender Sehwag219

Virender Sehwag 219
Virender Sehwag 219

When Virender Sehwag made this ton in 2011, it was just the second ODI double hundred in cricket history. The match was played at Indore and Sehwag just went after the West Indies attack from ball number one. His double-century came off just 140 balls and included 6 sixes and 23 fours. His final innings scorecard read – 219 scored off 149 balls. 

2011 was a golden year for Indian Cricket when they lifted the world cup trophy after 28 years. This series in particular though was also historic for India due to this double century. At the time of this match, India led West Indies 2-1 in the four-match series. Sehwag was also the stand-in captain for the game as the then captain MS Dhoni was resting for the upcoming tour to Australia. Sehwag and Gambhir who were the openers at that time went after the bowling from the start. India had reached 170-0 after just 22 overs. 

Rohit Sharma208*

Rohit Sharma 208
Rohit Sharma 208

Again, he played this knock against Sri Lanka and this was his third double century in ODI cricket. What is surprising is that it is against the same opponent against which he had smashed 264 runs, three years before this innings. This knock came off just 153 balls and consisted of 13 fours and 12 sixes. The second hundred in this innings was scored off just 36 balls. Again, like the previous innings of 264, he started the innings slowly and made his first fifty in 65 balls. 

Then he slowly started accelerating, and the second fifty came off just 50 balls. In the death overs of the game, Rohit Shamra himself contributed more than 100 runs into the team innings. One of the bowlers who faced his brutality severely was Nuwan Pradeep who was hit for 33 runs off his two overs. 

Conclusion – Top Double Centuries in ODI Cricket 

chris gayle 200 in odi
chris gayle 200 in odi

These are some of the best double centuries ever made in ODI cricket. But the list is non-exhaustive and there have been other double centuries made as well. And in time, we can expect more players to break these records because the game has just become faster, and nowadays even an innings total of 400 in ODIs is normal. 

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