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Team India has always been known for its batsmen. Be it exquisite timing, artistic wristwork, or reflexive footwork, Indian batsmen have mastered the art of batting and scripted some memorable performances over the years. We take a look at some of such noteworthy performances by Indians in ODIs:
1. Sachin Tendulkar, 200* vs. South Africa, 2010:
It was befitting that the first double hundred in Men’s One Day Internationals came from the bat of one of the greatest batsmen of the modern era, Sachin Tendulkar. By hitting 25 fours, the Master Blaster not only broke Saeed Anwar’s record of the highest individual score in ODIs (194), but also surpassed the Pakistani southpaw’s record for the most number of boundaries in an ODIs (22).
2. Kapil Dev, 175 vs. Zimbabwe, 1983:
India were 17/5 in a must-win game of the 83’ World Cup when the Indian all-rounder came into bat and helped his team post a formidable 266/8. India, later, went on to win the game by 31 runs. With 16 boundaries and 6 sixes, the knock exemplified Kapil’s hitting prowess. The fact that the match wasn’t recorded has deprived fans of one of the best ODI innings of all time. Did you know that going into the tournament, the odds of India winning were 66-1? To check the best World Cup odds, you can always visit cricket world cup betting apps.
3. Virat Kohli, 183* vs. Pakistan, 2012:
An innings that established Virat Kohli as the Chase Master and gave a glimpse of what was to come. Kohli’s knock came off just 148 balls and consisted of 22 fours and a 6. The knock helped India defeat their arch-rivals by 6 wickets and was the first of the many memorable innings the former India captain has played against them.
4. Virender Sehwag, 219 vs. West Indies, 2011:
With this knock, Sehwag followed his idol, Sachin Tendulkar, and registered his name as the second batsman to score a double century. His innings consisted of 25 fours and 7 sixes and helped India post a match-winning total of 418/5. The innings showcased why the Nawab of Najafgarh was one of the most dreaded batsmen of his time.
5. Yuvraj Singh, 139 vs. Australia, 2003:
Yuvraj Singh was at his scintillating best against one of his favourite opponents, Australia in their own backyard. India were struggling at 80/3 when the southpaw walked into bat, and along with fellow-centurion, Laxman helped his team post 296/4. His innings were studded with 16 fours and 2 sixes. The way Yuvi batted that day showcased his maturity as a batsman.
These innings not only showcased the talent these batsmen possessed but also displayed their grit and determination and gave the fans performances that they would cherish for a long time to come.