In cricket, if a player scores 200 individual runs in a single inning, it’s called a “Double Century”. Scoring a double century in cricket is one of the most significant milestones of any player’s career. But doing it in the One Day International (ODI) format where the overs are limited, is a monumental thing to achieve. So, let’s celebrate this iconic milestone and look back at some of the most historic double centuries in ODI cricket.
List of Batsmen Who Scored Double Century In ODI
Very few batters have managed to write their names in the history books by scoring unforgettable double-centuries in ODI cricket. Here is a list of batsmen who scored some of the most remarkable double centuries in ODI cricket:
|1||SR Tendulkar||200*||136.05||v South Africa||24 Feb 2010|
|2||V Sehwag||219||146.97||v West Indies||08 Dec 2011|
|3||RG Sharma||209||132.27||v Australia||02 Nov 2013|
|4||RG Sharma||264||152.6||v Sri Lanka||13 Nov 2014|
|5||CH Gayle||215||146.25||v Zimbabwe||24 Feb 2015|
|6||MJ Guptill||237*||145.39||v West Indies||21 Mar 2015|
|7||RG Sharma||208*||135.94||v Sri Lanka||13 Dec 2017|
|8||Fakhar Zaman||210*||134.61||v Zimbabwe||20 Jul 2018|
|9||Ishan Kishan||210||160.3||v Bangladesh||10 Dec 2022|
|10||Shubman Gill||208||139.59||v New Zealand||18 Jan 2023|
|11||GJ Maxwell||201*||157.03||v Afghanistan||07 Nov 2023|
The Fabulous Nine: Batsmen with Double Centuries In ODI
These legendary names have not only broken records but have also raised the bar for future generations. Their innings serve as inspiration for young cricketers to dream big and work hard to achieve their goals. They’ve showcased the limitless potential of what can be achieved in the ODI format. So let’s look at their incredible records and contributions to understand how they’ve achieved the impossible.
1. Rohit Sharma’s Dominance in Recent Times
When we talk about double centuries in ODI cricket, the first name that comes to mind is the amazingly talented Rohit Sharma. With his elegance, consistency, and sheer dominance, he became the only batsman in history to score three double centuries in the ODI format. Apart from his greatness, Rohit Sharma has set the gold standard for opening batsmen in the modern era of the game. And considering his excellent run-scoring form in recent matches, he doesn’t seem to stop anytime soon.
Rohit Sharma’s Double Century Odyssey
Rohit Sharma has become one of the most prolific ODI openers and a master of double centuries thanks to his extraordinary batting charisma. What sets him apart from other batters is his dedication, transformation, and consistency which led him to not one, not two but three double-century accolades in ODI cricket. He started his international career as a talented but inconsistent middle-order batsman. However, a strategic decision to promote him to the opening position in a limited format proved to be the turning point in his career. He used this opportunity to utilize his stroke play, timing, and adaptability to transform himself into a formidable force at the top of the order.
Rewriting the Record Books
Because of his sheer skill and adaptability, Rohit Sharma shined at the top order and quickly became a household name in Indian cricket. Throughout his career, he has scored numerous centuries in ODI format and led his team to victory. Among them, three of them were double centuries which put his name in the recordbook.
Rohit’s 209 at Chinnaswamy Against Australia
On November 2, 2013, Rohit Sharma displayed his batting masterclass against the mighty Australians at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. He scored a fabulous double century (209 runs) which led team India to cross the 350-run mark in the first innings. He hit a total of 12 fours and 16 sixes in this monumental innings. Australians had to score 384 to win the match but it was too big of a task for them. India won the match by 57 runs but the spotlight was on Rohit Sharma as his 209 runs from 158 balls made history that day.
|India Total: 383/6 (50 overs)||Australia Total: 326/10 (45.1 overs)|
|Rohit Sharma 209 (158)||James Faulkner 116 (73)|
|Xavier Doherty 2/74 (10)||Glenn Maxwell 60 (22)|
|James Faulkner 1/75 (10)||Mohammed Shami 3/52 (8.1)|
|Haris Rauf 3/83||Ravindra Jadeja 3/73 (10)|
Rohit’s 264 at Eden Gardens Against Sri Lanka
A year later, Rohit again showed how good he was with the bat against the Lankan Lions at the famous Eden Gardens stadium. He scored a whopping 264 runs from 173 deliveries which remains the highest individual score in ODI history. Sri Lanka had to chase a target of 405 runs but they were all out for 251 runs in the second innings.
|India Total: 404/5 (50 Overs)||Sri Lanka Total: 251/10 (43.1 Overs)|
|Rohit Sharma 264 (173)||Angelo Mathews 75 (68)|
|Virat Kohli 66 (64)||Lahiru Thirimanne 59 (69)|
|Angelo Mathews 2/44 (8)||Dhawal Kulkarni 4/34 (10)|
|Shaminda Eranga 1/77 (10)||Umesh Yadav 2/38 (8)|
Rohit’s 208 at Mohali Against Sri Lanka
On December 13, 2017, Rohit Sharma scored his 3rd ODI double-century at Mohali Stadium. The opponent was Sri Lanka yet again and he remained unbeaten with 208 runs from 153 balls. With 12 sixes and 13 fours, Rohit played an aggressive innings as usual and team India had gathered 392 in the first innings. Sri Lanka fought hard but was bowled out for 251 runs.
|India Total: 392/4 (50 Overs)||Sri Lanka Total: 251/8 (50 Overs)|
|Rohit Sharma 208* (153)||Angelo Mathews 111* (132)|
|Shreyas Iyer 88 (70)||Asela Gunaratne 34 (30)|
|Thisara Perera 3/80 (8)||Yuzvendra Chahal 3/60 (10)|
|Sachith Pathirana 1/63 (9)||Jasprit Bumrah 2/43 (10)|
2. Sachin Tendulkar’s Unbeaten Double Century
Sachin Tendulkar is undoubtedly one of the greatest cricketers in the history of this game. Among his long list of records, he also has a double-century milestone in limited-over cricket. Sachin Tendulkar’s ODI double century was a pioneering moment that set the stage for future batting excellence.
Sachin’s Unbeaten 200 Against South Africa
The legend Sachin Tendulkar carved his name in cricketing history by becoming the first-ever batsman to score a double century in the history of ODI cricket. On February 24, 2010, he scored an unbeaten 200 runs at Gwalior’s Captain Roop Singh Stadium against the South Africans. With 3 sixes and 25 scores, he completed his double century from 147 balls and team India scored 401 runs. Later on, India went on to win the match by 153 runs.
|India Total: 401/3(50 Overs)||South Africa Total: 248/10(42.5 Overs)|
|Sachin Tendulkar 200* (147)||AB de Villiers 114* (101)|
|Dinesh Karthik 79 (85)||Hashim Amla 34 (22)|
|Wayne Parnell 2/95 (10)||Sreesanth 3/49 (7)|
Roelof van der Merwe 1/62 (10)
|Yusuf Pathan 2/37 (9)|
3. Virender Sehwag’s Career-Defining Knock
In ODI cricket, Virender Sehwag’s name shines brightly for his audacious and explosive style of play. He is considered one of the batting gems of Indian cricket history. Sehwag’s double century in an ODI was a testament to his fearless approach to batting and his technical ability at the top of the order. Plus, he also has a triple century in test cricket which is an incredible achievement as well.
Sehwag’s 219 in Indore Against the West Indies
On December 8, 2011, Virender Sehwag played a spectacular innings that showcased his unique approach to batting. He scored an exhilarating 219 runs against the West Indies, setting a new standard for attacking openers in ODIs. Batting first, he completed his double century with a total of 7 sixes and 25 fours. India gathered a total of 418 runs in the first innings and won the match by 153 runs.
|India Total: 418/5 (50 Overs)||West Indies Total: 265/10(49.2 Overs)|
|Virender Sehwag 219 (149)||Denesh Ramdin 96 (96)|
|Gautam Gambhir 67 (67)||Lendl Simmons 36 (35)|
|Kemar Roach 1/88 (10)||Ravindra Jadeja 3/34 (10)|
|Andre Russell 1/63 (7)||Rahul Sharma 3/43 (10)|
4. Chris Gayle’s Explosive Innings
Chris Gayle is an iconic name in the world of limited-over cricket because of his ability to hit the ball out of the ground. When it comes to raw power-hitting and a penchant for dismantling bowlers, there’s no one quite like Chris Gayle. He showcased his batting prowess by scoring a double century in the ODI format and his innings were nothing short of a destructive batting display.
Chris Gayle’s 219 in Canberra Against Zimbabwe in ICC World Cup 2015
In the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, Chris Gayle electrified the cricketing world by scoring a breathtaking 215 against Zimbabwe. In short, it was a demolition job of historic proportions. He scored 16 sixes and 10 fours and muscled the ball to all corners of the ground.
|West Indies Total: 372/2(50 Overs)||Zimbabwe Total: 289/10(44.3 Overs)|
|Chris Gayle 215 (147)||Sean Williams 76 (61)|
|Marlon Samuels 133* (156)||Craig Ervine 52 (41)|
|Hamilton Masakadza 1/39 (6.2)||Jerome Taylor 3/38 (10)|
|Tinashe Panyangara 1/82 (9)||Jason Holder 3/48 (7)|
5. Martin Guptill Delivering at the Biggest Stage
New Zealand’s Martin Guptill has always delivered at the biggest stages with his powerful stroke play and batting ability. His double century at the ICC event is still one of the most memorable moments of this tournament.
Martin Guptill’s 227 in Wellington Against the West Indies in ICC World Cup 2015
In the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 quarter-final, Martin Guptill unleashed a breathtaking innings against West Indies at Westpac Stadium in Wellington. He scored a colossal 237 not out, setting a new record for the highest individual score in a World Cup match. With 24 fours and 11 sixes, he helped New Zealand secure 393 runs and move on to the semi-final of the tournament.
|New Zealand Total: 393/6(50 Overs)||West Indies Total: 250/10(30.3 Overs)|
|Martin Guptill 237* (163)||Chris Gayle 61 (33)|
|Ross Taylor 42 (61)||Jason Holder 42 (26)|
|Jerome Taylor 3/71 (7)||Trent Boult 4/44 (10)|
|Andre Russell 2/96 (10)||Daniel Vettori 2/58 (6.3)|
6. Fakhar Zaman’s Unexpected Entry into the Club
Fakhar Zaman is fairly a new name in the world of cricket, but he has made headlines by scoring a mammoth double-century in the limited-over format. Fakhar Zaman’s name has been gaining prominence, particularly for his aggressive batting and ability to take on bowlers with flair. His double century in an ODI was a historic moment for Pakistan cricket as well.
Fakhar Zaman’s 210* Against Zimbabwe
On July 20, 2018, at Queen’s Sports Club in Bulawayo, Fakhar Zaman scored a brilliant knock of 210 against Zimbabwe. His unbeaten innings were truly inspiring because he was the first Pakistani batsman to score a double century in an ODI. With 24 fours and 5 sixes, he made the innings entertaining to watch.
|Pakistan Total: 399/1(50 Overs)||Zimbabwe Total: 155/10(42.4 Overs)|
|Fakhar Zaman 210* (156)||Donald Tiripano 44 (71)|
|Imam-ul-Haq 113 (122)||Elton Chigumbura 37 (69)|
|Wellington Masakadza 1/78 (10)||Shadab Khan 4/28 (8.4)|
|Tendai Chisoro 0/56 (10)||Faheem Ashraf 2/16 (7)|
7. Ishan Kishan: A Young Sensation on the Rise
Ishan Kishan, a new face in cricket is making waves with his brilliant batting displays against world-class opponents. With an ODI double century under his belt, he is set to make a statement with his marvelous batting skills.
Ishan Kishan’s 210 in Chattogram Against Bangladesh
On December 10, 2022, Ishan Kishan played a scintillating innings of 210 against Bangladesh. With 24 fours and 10 sixes, he helped Team India get 409 runs in the first innings. Later on, they won the match by a huge margin of 227 runs, and Ishan Kishan became the player of the match. For his incredible talent and consistency, he is currently one of India’s most valuable players at the moment.
|India Total: 409/8(50 Overs)||Bangladesh Total: 182/10(34 Overs)|
|Ishan Kishan 210 (131)||Shakib Al Hasan 43 (50)|
|Virat Kohli 113 (91)||Litton Das 29 (26)|
|Shakib Al Hasan 2/68 (10)||Shardul Thakur 3/30 (5)|
|Ebadot Hossain 2/80 (9)||Axar Patel 2/22 (5)|
8. Shubman Gill: The Youngest Ever to Do It
Shubman Gill is one of the most talented youngsters in world cricket at the moment and he has already broken some big records. This young batter has become the youngest player to score a double century in ODI cricket. He also became the fastest Indian ever to cross 1,000 runs mark in ODIs.
Shubman Gill’s 208 in Hyderabad Against New Zealand
On January 18, 2023, Shubman Gill made his mark in world cricket by scoring an amazing knock of 208 runs against New Zealand in Hyderabad. He scored 9 sixes and 19 fours in that innings against top-notch bowling attacks. With his contribution, India had a total of 349 in the first innings and later won by 12 runs.
|India Total: 349/8(50 Overs)||New Zealand Total: 337/10(49.2 Overs)|
|Shubman Gill 208 (149)||Michael Bracewell 140 (78)|
|Rohit Sharma 34 (38)||Mitchell Santner 57 (45)|
|Daryl Mitchell 2/30 (5)||Mohammed Siraj 4/46 (10)|
|Henry Shipley 2/74 (9)||Kuldeep Yadav 2/43 (8)|
9. Glenn Maxwell: How He Dominated Afghanistan in World Cup 2023
Glenn Maxwell’s incredible 201* in Wankhede Against Afghanistan in ICC World Cup 2023
Setting the Stage for the Ultimate Feat
A double century in an ODI match doesn’t happen only by chance. It requires careful planning, conditioning, and understanding of the game. The batsman has to assess the pitch, the bowlers, and the conditions first. They need to pace their innings, finding the right moments to accelerate and seize control of the match. These double-century innings are marked by incredible stamina, a keen understanding of field placements, and the ability to adapt. It’s a true test of a batsman’s character, resilience, and skill.
The Thrill of Scoring Double Centuries
A double century is a display of the batting capability of a cricketer. By scoring a double century, a batsman can truly show their batting skills at the top level. But scoring a double century in the ODI format is extremely difficult because of the limited number of overs. The pressure, excitement, and expectations that surround such an innings are indescribable. It’s the ultimate test for a batsman because they have to combine their skills, concentration, and aggression with patience. But when a player makes a double century in ODI cricket, it becomes a breathtaking spectacle for cricket fans in general.
Scoring a double century in ODI cricket is the ultimate showcase of a cricketer’s batting prowess. It’s a formidable task, given the constraints of limited overs and the unparalleled pressure and expectations it entails. When a player achieves a double century in ODI cricket, it transforms into a breathtaking spectacle that captivates cricket fans worldwide. It’s a testament to the unparalleled dedication and unique magic of the sport, leaving an indelible mark in the hearts of enthusiasts.