Cricket is one of the most-watched sports in the world. Quite interestingly, it is the only sport that is being played in various formats such as Tests, One-Day Internationals and the Twenty20 Internationals. Talking specifically about the ODI format, there were days when the format was played 60 overs a side.
However, the ICC decided to trim the format by 10 overs and thus, the 50-over format came into the picture. Ever since its launch, we have witnessed a roller coaster ride of emotions, nail-biters and thrilling encounters. In this article, let’s take a glimpse at the five cricketers who registered the highest individual score in an ODI run-chase.
1. Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell scripted history by becoming the first cricketer to score a double century in the run-chase. He achieved the feat against Afghanistan where he scored 201* off 128 balls. Maxwell struck 21 fours and 10 hits over the fence. Batting first, Afghanistan set up a target of 292 for the Men in Yellow. Despite being reeling at 91/7, Maxwell and Cummins added a 202-run match-winning partnership, which helped Australia seal the deal.
2. Fakhar Zaman
Fakhar Zaman shot into prominence during the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy, where he played a quintessential role in helping Pakistan clinch the competition. He essayed a match-winning century in the final against India. Meanwhile, Zaman comes second on the list as he registered the second-highest individual score of 193 against South Africa in Johannesburg in 2011. His knock came in a losing cause as South Africa won the game by 17 runs.
3. Shane Watson
Former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson who has delivered the goods with both bat and ball for the national cricket team during the heydays of his cricketing career registered the third-highest score in an ODI run-chase. He scored an unbeaten 185* in which he scored 15 fours and 15 sixes. Watson’s knock came in a winning cause as the Australian cricket team won the game by nine wickets in Mirpur in 2011.
4. MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni was one of the important pillars of Indian cricket history. He played a crucial role as a batsman, captain and wicketkeeper in which he ticked the boxes in all three areas. MS Dhoni scored an unbeaten 183* off 145 balls against Sri Lanka in an ODI run-chase in Jaipur in 2006. It is also Dhoni’s personal best score in the 50-over format. His special knock came in a winning cause as India won the game by six wickets.
5. Virat Kohli
Former Indian captain Virat Kohli is undoubtedly the best batsman across all three formats of the game in the present era. The right-handed batsman scored 183 off 148 balls against Pakistan in Mirpur in Asia Cup 2012. Kohli smacked 22 fours and a six. His surreal knock came in a winning cause as India won the game by 3 wickets.