Debate : who holds the record of fourth highest ODI score? Coventry was not out on 194 but Saeed Anwar took 10 balls fewer to make equal number of runs, a dozen years earlier!
Even today, I agree, making 200 runs in a single 50 over match innings is a difficult ask, but like Tendulkar, Sehwag and Sharma, modern day batsmen/bats have shown glimpses of this miracle happening, someday again soon. Today when over 400 runs can be made and also chased down (SA beat Aus chasing 434), why can't a batsman, preferably an opener or number 3, put his head down to the task, gets a little lucky and a little greedy to do what's only thrice done?
Fact : ICC has set 70 yards as minimum boundary length on either side of a cricket field, but several grounds around the world are shortening their edges cause spectators appreciate fours and sixes more than ones & towes. if Tendulkar can do it in late thirties, someone in twenties can certainly reclaim the top position in following list.
Here are the batsman who have come close to it in the years gone by.
Note : Only scores of over 160 are in the list below. There have been 25 other batsman with a 150+ score in ODI cricket but they need to do more to enter following elite list!
|Highest individual scores by a batsman in one day matches (ODI).|
|Rohit Sharma (India)||264||173||33||9||Sri Lanka||13 Nov 2014|
|Virender Sehwag (India)||219||149||25||7||West Indies||8 Dec 2011|
|Rohit Sharma (India)||209||158||12||16||Australia||2 Nov 2013|
|Sachin Tendulkar (India)||200*||147||25||3||South Africa||24 Feb 2010|
|Saeed Anwar (Pakistan)||194||146||22||5||India||21 May 1997|
|Charls Coventry (Zimbabwe)||194*||156||16||7||Bangladesh||16 Aug 2009|
|Martin Guptill (New Zealand)||189*||155||19||2||England||2 Jun 2013|
|Vivian Richards (West Indies)||189*||170||21||5||England||31 May 1984|
|Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka)||189||170||21||5||India||29 Oct 2000|
|Gary Kirsten (South Africa)||188*||159||23||4||UAE||16 Feb 1996|
|Sachin Tendulkar (India)||186*||150||20||3||New Zealand||8 Nov 1999|
|Shane Watson (Australia)||185*||96||15||15||Bangladesh||11 Apr 2011|
|MS Dhoni (India)||183*||145||15||10||Sri Lanka||31 Oct 2005|
|Virat Kohli (India)||183||148||22||1||Pakistan||18 Mar 2012|
|Sourav Ganguly (India)||183||158||17||7||Sri Lanka||26 May 1999|
|Vivian Richards (West Indies)||181||125||16||7||Sri Lanka||13 Oct 1987|
|Mathew Hayden (Australia)||181*||166||11||10||New Zealand||20 Feb 2007|
|Hamilton Masakadza (Zimbabwe)||178*||167||17||4||Kenya||18 Oct 2009|
|Paul Stirling (Ireland)||177||134||21||5||Canada||7 Sep 2010|
|Kapil Dev (India)||175*||138||16||6||Zimbabwe||18 Jun 1983|
|Herschelle Gibbs (South Africa)||175||111||21||7||Australia||12 Mar 2006|
|Sachin Tendulkar (India)||175||141||19||4||Australia||5 Nov 2009|
|Virendra Sehwag (India)||175||140||14||5||Bangladesh||19 Feb 2011|
|Calum MacLeod (Scotland)||175||141||14||5||Canada||23 Jan 2014|
|Upul Tharanga (Sri Lanka)||174*||159||19||3||India||2 Jul 2013|
|Mark Waugh (Australia)||173||148||16||3||West Indies||9 Feb 2001|
|Craig Wishart (Zimbabwe)||172*||151||18||3||Namibia||10 Feb 2003|
|Adam Gilchrist (Australia)||172||126||13||3||Zimbabwe||16 Jan 2004|
|Lou Vincent (New Zealand)||172||120||16||9||Zimbabwe||24 Aug 2005|
|Glenn Turner (New Zeland)||171*||201||16||2||East Africa||7 Jun 1975|
|Dave Callaghan (South Africa)||169*||143||19||4||New Zealand||11 Dec 1994|
|Denesh Ramdin (West Indies)||169||121||8||11||Bangladesh||25 Aug 2014|
|Brian Lara (West Indies)||169||129||15||4||Sri Lanka||16 Oct 1995|
|Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka)||169||137||18||6||South Africa||20 Jul 2013|
|Robin Smith (England)||167*||163||17||3||Australia||21 May 1993|
|Brendon McCullum (New Zealand)||166||135||12||10||Ireland||1 Jul 2008|
|Ricky Ponting (Australia)||164||105||13||9||South Africa||12 Mar 2006|
|Sachin Tendulkar (India)||163*||133||16||5||New Zealand||8 Mar 2009|
|David Warner (Australia)||163||157||13||2||Sri Lanka||4 Mar 2012|
|Shane Watson (Australia)||161*||150||12||4||England||16 Jan 2011|
|Andrew Hudson (South Africa)||161||132||13||4||Netherlands||5 Mar 1996|
|James Marshall (New Zealand)||161||141||11||4||Ireland||1 Jul 2008|
|Tillakaratne Dilshan (Sri Lanka)||160*||165||11||3||India||28 Feb 2012|
|Imran Nazir (Pakistan)||160||121||14||8||Zimbabwe||21 Mar 2007|
|Tillakaratne Dilshan (Sri Lanka)||160||124||20||3||India||15 Dec 2009|
|Dinesh Mongia (India)||159||147||17||1||Zimbabwe||19 Mar 2002|
Virender Sehwag now has broken Sachin Tendulkar's record who was first batsman ever to score a one day double century but who are the other batsman who held it before Sehwag & Tendulkar? Saeed Anwar was leader between 1997 to 2009 until Charls Coventry equaled him. John Edrich's 82 was the highest score in the first ever ODI, which was then broken by DL Amiss who made first hundred in 50 over cricket = 103 in 1972. Roy Fredericks broke that record inside a year with his 105, which was then broken by English David Lloyd's 116 not out against Pakistan another year later in 1974.
Glenn Turner of New Zealand owned the record with his 171* against East Africa for 8 year, since 1975 to 1983 when Kapil Dev made 175* against Zimbabwe. Vivian Richards then held the record for 12 years, from 31 May 1984 to 21 May 1997 when Saeed Anwar hit 194 against Indians at Chennai as you seen in the above list.