One-day International (ODI), Cricket has been a popular sport for centuries. However, some of the greatest moments in the game have broken many records. There are ten double centuries of ODI cricket (men’s and women’s), and three of them came from Rohit Sharma in India.
Sachin Tendulkar, an Indian prodigy, was the first to score a double-hundred in men’s ODI cricket. Belinda Clark, the former Australian women’s cricket team captain, was the first to score a double 100 in international white-ball cricket. Let’s take a look at what the rest of this list has to say.
1. Rohit Sharma – (264 173)
Rohit Sharma, the current Indian skipper, and Rohit Sharma, the opener are clearly at the top of the table with their blistering performance of 264 runs from 173 deliveries against Sri Lanka. Sharma scored his second double hundred in this format, and it was rolled up at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens.
With 33 boundaries and nine sixes, the 27-year old then literally decimated the Sri Lankan bowling line-up at a strike rate 152.60. Sharma was out by Nuwan Kulasekara’s last ball.
It was also the fourth ODI in the Sri Lankan tour of India 2014, and Virat Kohli’s India won the toss. India was able to score 405 runs, batting first. Sri Lanka, on the other hand was limited to 251 runs for all. India won the match by 153 runs thanks to Dhawal Kulkarni’s 4 for 34 spell.
2. Martin Guptill – 237* (163)
Martin Guptill, a Kiwi white-ball specialist, was in his prime against West Indies (WI) during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2014. Right-hand opener batsman Martin Guptill scored 237 runs in 163 balls. He was not out. His brilliant knock included 24 fours, 11 sixes, and a total of 237 runs. He then took the bat and smashed WI bowlers with a strike rate at 145.39.
It was also the fourth quarter-finale of the ICC CWC 2014.15, in Wellington. Guptill served the New Zealand team. They set a target of 394 runs but won the game by 143 runs. WI couldn’t manage 250 runs.
3. Amelia Kerr – (232*) (145
With her stunning performance against Ireland women in 2018, the young White Fern talent lit up cricketing. Amelia Kerr, then just 18 years old, scored a double century and picked up five wickets in the match. She was the batsman and scored 232 runs from 145 deliveries, at a rate of 160.
This is the highest individual score in women’s ODIs, and it’s also the third-highest overall. The right-arm leggie bowled five wickets and scored 17 runs while bowling. Kerr, who was an all-rounder, also forged a huge partnership of 295 runs and Leigh Kasperek from New Zealand, for the second wicket.
It was also the third ODI of New Zealand’s women’s tour to Ireland and England 2018. In Dublin, New Zealand women scored a staggering total of 440 runs for three wickets. Ireland fell at 135, with the target being too high. NZ won the match with 305 runs
4. Belinda Clark – 229* (155)
Belinda Clark is the former Australian women’s cricket team captain and the first to reach a double century in ODI cricket. Clark accomplished this feat against Denmark women during the Hero Honda Women’s World Cup 1997 at MIG Ground in Mumbai.
As a captain, Clark scored 229 runs in just 155 deliveries at a strike rate 147.74. Clark scored 22 boundaries in her innings and also carried the bat. Australia scored 412 runs thanks to Clark’s contribution.
Although Denmark won the game by 49 runs, their vintage Aussie bowling team couldn’t sustain them. Australia won the game by a huge margin of 363 runs. Clark was also the captain of the Australian women’s cricket team, and he won the WC.
5. Virender Sehwag – 219 (149)
Veteran Indian opener Virender Singh Sehwag recorded his best ODI performance against West Indies in the 2011 West Indies tour. This was the fourth game in the ODI series. India won the toss and chose to bat at Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore.
He was 33 years old when he showed his peak, scoring 219 runs from 149 balls at a strike rate 146.97. He scored 25 fours and seven sixes in his amazing innings. Sehwag also set India a target for 419 runs, which proved too high for WI. India won the match by 153 runs.
6. Chris Gayle – 215
Chris Gayle, undoubtedly a legend of the game, scored his first-ever double 100 in ODI cricket against Zimbabwe. It was the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, and West Indies (WI), were facing Zimbabwe at Manuka Oval in Canberra.
Gayle scored 215 runs over 147 deliveries at a strike rate 146.25 with ten boundaries, and 16 sixes. The 36-year old took two wickets and scored 35 runs. WI posted a huge total of 372 runs for 2, which Zimbabwe was unable to chase. WI won the game by just 73 runs (DLS).
7. Fakhar Zaman – 210* (156)
Fakhar Zaman, who scored 1000 runs in only 18 innings, was the first to score a double hundred against Zimbabwe in the fourth ODI during the Pakistan tour. It took place at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo.
Zaman scored 210 runs from 156 balls at a strike rate 134.61. The 29-year old then, hit 24 boundaries and five sixes during his innings. Pakistan batted first and put up a staggering total of 399 runs for only one wicket. However, Shadab Khan’s 4 for 28 spell was enough to win the match for Pakistan.
8. Rohit Sharma – 209 (158)
Rohit Sharma was the Indian opener. He scored his first double 100 against the top Australian bowling team. It was the seventh ODI match in the Australia tour to India 2013. The match took place at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. India’s MS Dhoni batted first, as Australia won the toss. India chose to field first.
Sharma returned from injury and showed his best, scoring 209 runs in just 158 balls at a strike rate 132.27. Through the entire innings, he hit 12 boundaries and 16 sixes!
India scored a total of 383 runs for six wickets. India was able to limit the Aussies to 326 runs with a stellar performance by the Indian bowling team.
9. Rohit Sharma – (208*) (153)
Rohit Sharma, as skipper, set a new record for the third consecutive double century in ODI format. This was the second ODI in the Sri Lanka tour to India. India had lost the previous one. Sri Lanka won the toss, and was elected to field first.
Rohit, who opened the Indian innings, scored 208 runs in 153 deliveries at a strike rate 135.94. The Indian team’s massive victory inning featured 13 boundaries and 12 sixes. India scored a huge total of 392 runs for four, and the Islanders were only able to score 251 runs for eight. India won the game by just 141 runs.
10. Sachin Tendulkar – 200* (147)
Sachin Tendulkar, the batting genius, is the first man to score a double century in men’s international cricket. Tendulkar won this feat in the second ODI against South Africa during the South Africa tour to India in 2010. It was held at Gwalior Cricket Stadium.
India’s MS Dhoni won the toss. Tendulkar opened the batting, scoring 200 runs in 147 balls at a strike rate 136.05. The 38-year old then crushed the South African premier bowling attack, scoring 25 fours and three sixes.
India posted a record total of 401 runs for three thanks to his contributions. South Africa managed 248 runs but the Indian bowling team was too strong. India won the derby with 153 runs.