Highest score in one day International cricket is 194 by Saeed Anwar. made against India at Chennai. a 146 ball innings and Anwar was out good 6 overs before the 50th over..
Now, following is a careful list of batsman (playing today) with capability to go past Saeed Anwar and score that elusive first double century of One dayers!
Requirement : You have the wrist power to hit/time anything for a six.
The inspiration for the article also comes from so many T20 Internationals being played these days. If Chris Gayle can score a 100 in 20 over innings (against South Africa) - why can't Gayle smash a 200 in 50 over Innings? He's an opener for West Indies, which also allows him maximum number of overs to bat.
So, Candidate 1 = Christopher Gayle (WI)
His highest score until now is 153*. he played 160 balls that day and surprisingly scored slower than run a ball. Chris Gayle has another 152 against Kenya.
There are International teams like South Africa whose bowling is one-dimensional (only pace no spin) and there are batsman like Yuvraj Singh who can hit any ball for six, provided its bowled with some pace and not with spin! Even Sir Garfield Sobers is proud of the powerful wrists that munda (boy) from punjab has. Its just a matter of Yuvi waking up from his sleep, forgets captainship for the while and aspires to become highest run maker in a calender year..
Candidate 2 : Yuvraj Singh (India)
His highest ODI score is 139, against Australia at Sydney. Yuvraj played 122 balls that day, but came into bat after 15.2 overs. He was batting until 49.3th over, means 15.5 overs that Yuvi wasn't at crease could have fetched his double century.
How can we not include the man who has the record of most sixes in an ODI innings (11 in all). The left hander has hit 245 sixes in career (more than anyone else).. so what if his name is Sanath Jayasuriya and he's nearly 39 years old.
Candidate 3 : Sanath Jayasuriya (SL)
Highest score is 189, made off 161 balls vs India. Jayasuriya had 1.5 overs more remaining in the innings before he got out.
New Zealand plays least amount of International cricket. BUT - they play few ODIs in Australia every year. Pitches down under is very conducive for strokeplay and Jacob Oram is one big man. His Heavy bat & long follow-through can smash 20 odd sixes in an innings to go past double century some day.
Candidate number 4 : Jacob Oram (NZ)
Highest score is 101*, made off 72 balls. That day, at Perth,Oram came into bat when Kiwis were chasing 343 against arch-rivals Australia and 27.2 overs were already bowled.
Best batting position is number 3. You get to play plenty of overs in every match, yet you don't face the new ball. And thus - Australian run machine Ricky Ponting is another batsman capable of 200. Ricky smashes everything to covers and pulls good length balls to midwicket with ease once he's past 60-70 & Aussies are batting first!
Candidate 5 : Ricky Ponting (Aus)
Highest score is 164 in that 434 greatest ODI vs South Africa. Ponting came into bat after 15.2 overs and was out off 47.4th ball.
Being an Indian supporter, another I'll suggest to International cricket fans is Robin Uthappa. Right hander has ability to pick line of ball very early and strength in his arms is less than no cricketer playing today. Uthappa goes across the line (hitting to mid-wicket) rather than targeting straight, which might be a trouble. Andrew Symonds of Australia also revolved around my mind all throughout this article, but may be Andrew gets very few chances in his golden-green outfit of Australia, to do this miracle.
More young double century capables
MS Dhoni (captainship effects batting),Imran Nazir (in & out of the team), Ross Taylor (Kiwis play too few ODIs), Shahid Afridi (lacks technique), Andrew Flintoff (bowling has killed freddie-the batsman), Justin Kemp (very inconsistant), Herschelle Gibbs (careless at times), Kevin Pietersen (seems satisfied in life).
Few 200 Capable Oldies
like Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, Mathew Hayden, might just surprise us someday, but 200 means 100 more singles (for himself and partner at other end) which seems very unlikely!