- December 14, 2022
Most Double Century in One-Day International Cricket
Double Century in ODI List
A double century in ODI was a distant dream, so much so that it took 26 years for the first one to be hit since the format made its debut in 1971.
Belinda Clark of Australia ended 1997 in style by scoring the first 200 in a one-day cricket match on December 16. It was not only the first double hundred in women’s cricket, but in cricket overall.
This monumental mark has been breached ten more times, bringing the tally to 11.
Amelia Kerr of New Zealand also marked her name in the list by scoring a double ton. Rohit Sharma of India has scored double centuries in ODI (3), in fact, the only player to score more than once in 50-over cricket.
India’s master blaster Sachin Tendulkar was the first male cricketer to achieve this feat when he hit 200* against South Africa in Gwalior in 2010.
The introduction of T20 cricket was game-changing and its effect today can be felt in One-Day Internationals, too. Batters must adapt to changing match situations and strike from ball one if the situation demands it.
Conversely, batting first on a favorable wicket is a great opportunity for batters to reach this milestone.
Ishan Kishan did that recently against Bangladesh when he scored 210 after India were sent in to bat.
The list of players with the most double centuries in men’s ODIs is as follows
- Rohit Sharma – (3)
- Martin Guptill (1)
- Virender Sehwag (1)
- Chris Gayle (1)
- Fakhar Zaman (1)
- Ishan Kishan (1)
- Sachin Tendulkar (1)
The list of players with most centuries in women’s ODIs is as follows
- Belinda Clark (1)
- Amelia Kerr (1)
Here we relive moments from the games – men’s and women’s – by looking through the double century in ODI list:
1. Shubman Gill 208* (IND) vs New Zealand 2022
Another history got made at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, by Shubman Gill after defeating New Zealand in the first ODI. At the age of 23 years and 132 days in an ODI, he became the youngest and fastest Indian cricketer to achieve 1000 runs in the format.
India defeated its opponent by a score of 12 runs. He hit a strike rate of 139.60 and scored 208 runs off 149 balls, including 19 fours, nine sixes, 58 ones, and 10 twos.
He performed superbly, winning everyone’s hearts in the process. He achieved an ODI double century, becoming the fifth Indian cricketer to do so. He overtakes Ishan Kishan as the youngest cricketer from India.
The dressing room erupted in cheers when he finally reached 208 runs. Just outside the pavilion, he was hailed by Virat Kohli, Ishan Kishan, and Hardik Pandya. Batting coach Vikram Rathore also offered his congratulations.
2. Rohit Sharma 264* (IND) vs Sri Lanka, 2014
The stage was set for India. In this 5-match ODI series against neighbors, they were up 3-0 and given licence to test the waters at the Eden Gardens Stadium in Kolkata.
Shikhar Dhawan had opened the innings in the first three games with Ajinkya Rahane, but was replaced by Sharma after the home team got an unassailable lead in the series.
India won the toss and elected to bat. Rohit Sharma’s first 50 runs took a while to come, as he took 72 balls; the next 50 runs came in 28 deliveries.
From there on, it was pure carnage, as the Sri Lankan bowlers were dispatched to all parts of the ground.
The rapturous Kolkata crowd rallied behind the Mumbai lad as he careened past the previous best scores registered by different batters. Sharma’s 150 came off 125 balls and he showed no signs of stopping.
His 200 & 250 came off 151 & 166 balls, respectively. This was his second double hundred. Previously, he had scored 209 against Australia, falling short of Virender Sehwag’s then record of 219 by 10 runs.
But there was no stopping him on that day. This Rohit Sharma double century is unbroken to this day.
3. Rohit Sharma 209 (IND) vs Australia, 2013
Bangaluru witnessed one of the most scintillating batting displays of the modern era when Rohit Sharma smashed his first double century in ODIs.
India had got off to a flier with Sharma and Dhawan building a century stand, but 4 wickets fell at regular intervals with India now staring at a moderate total instead of a staggering one.
It was time to up the ante and that’s what the batters did. Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni went on a rampage with the latter scoring a 38-ball 62.
Rohit Sharma, on the other end, hit a flurry of boundaries to bring his 150 in quicker time and there on, went on to score a much-deserved 200. His innings comprised 12 fours and 16 sixes before departing for a 158-ball 209.
Australia lost the match, falling short by 57 runs, with a century coming from the unlikely James Faulkner batting at No. 7. Rohit Sharma was adjudged the player of the match and the player of the series for his efforts.
4. Rohit Sharma 208* (IND) vs Sri Lanka, 2017
Sri Lanka was again on the receiving end of a battering at the hands of Rohit Sharma in 2017 in Mohali. Another unbeaten knock saw the Indian opener score 208 runs in 153 deliveries containing 13 fours and 12 sixes.
This knock made Rohit the only batter to have three double centuries to their name. By this time, he had already registered 209 against Australia and 264* against the current opponents.
Captaining the Indian team in Virat Kohli’s absence, Rohit Sharma had all the right motivation to show his skills with the bat yet again.
Thanks to Sharma’s century and handy contributions from other batters, India reached a 300+ total for the 100th time in ODI cricket.
Like in every previous double hundred, the Mumbai right-hander started off cautiously, bringing his half-century in 65 balls and his 16th century in 115 deliveries.
His next hundred runs, however, came off just 36 balls. In one of these overs, he sent Sri Lankan bowler, Suranga Lakmal, for four sixes. India won the match by a mammoth 141 runs.
Read – Rohit Sharma’s Hundred in International Cricket
5. Martin Guptill 237* (NZ) vs West Indies, 2015
Martin Guptill is the only male New Zealand cricketer to score a double century in ODIs. And he achieved this feat during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup. It was the fourth quarter-final and inarguably one of the best innings played by a cricketer in the sport’s history.
Guptill slammed an unbeaten 237 runs off just 163 deliveries, which, at present, is the highest individual score in the history of World Cup.
It was not the ideal batting display by a team, but rather a one-man run machine that won New Zealand the all-important game on that day.
Though Chris Gayle got the West Indies off to a good start, his team folded for 250, losing the match by 143 runs.
Guptill’s whirlwind knock comprised 24 fours and 11 sixes powering the Kiwis to 393. The 237* by the stylish New Zealander is the second-highest ODI personal best score only behind Rohit Sharma’s 264*.
6. Virender Sehwag (IND) 219 vs West Indies, 2011
Virender Sehwag’s exploits in the world of cricket is well-known and the fans weren’t really surprised to see him achieve the 200-run landmark.
In the era in which he played cricket, the achievement was just around the corner. On that fateful day in 2011, Sehwag became the only second male cricketer to score a double hundred in One-Day internationals.
Batting at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore against the West Indies, the swashbuckling Indian opener smashed 25 fours and 7 sixes. This innings propelled India’s total to 418.
West Indies, in reply, could only manage 265 runs on the board, losing the match by 153 runs. Virender Sehwag is also the only Indian batter to have scored two triple centuries in Tests.
7. Chris Gayle (WI) 215 vs Zimbabwe, 2015
Chris Gayle was the first double centurion in the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, the second being martin Guptill. Gayle’s 215 came during one of the group stage matches against Zimbabwe.
It established him as the first player to register a 200-run score in the World Cup. Incidentally, this milestone came on the same date of Sachin Tendulkar scoring the first double hundred in men’s cricket, but just five years apart.
By achieving this feat, Gayle became the first non-Indian cricketer to score a double century in the 50-over format. Tendulkar, Sehwag and Sharma had achieved this record, with Rohit having done it twice.
The West Indies batsman also eclipsed Gary Kirsten’s World Cup record of 188 runs, which came against the UAE in 1996.
Though the West Indies got off to a poor start in the match, Chris Gayle’s individual score and his 372-run partnership with Marlon Samuels set the stage for them.
Gayle would go on to lose his record to Martin Guptill, who would ironically score his best score against the same West Indies side.
8. Fakhar Zaman (PAK) 210* vs Zimbabwe, 2018
Before Fakhar Zaman, it was Saeed Anwar of Pakistan, who held the record for the highest ODI score by a Pakistani cricketer. Anwar had scored 194 in 1997 against India and was the record-holder for 21 years.
Zaman’s 210 made him the first cricketer from his nation to achieve this unique feat. In the fourth ODI of a 5-match series against Zimbabwe, the left-handed opener broke multiple records en route to his double hundred.
Zaman hit 24 fours and 5 sixes in his innings, which is also a record in its own, as no Pakistani batter has hit that many boundaries in a single limited-over innings.
He also forged a record opening stand of 304 runs with Imam-ul-Haq in that match. Pakistan would register their highest ODI score of 399 runs and bundle out Zimbabwe for 155 runs, winning the match by a staggering 244 runs.
9. Ishan Kishan (IND) 210 vs Bangladesh, 2022
Ishan Kishan is the most recent double centurion in ODI cricket and the fourth Indian batter. He joined Sachin Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma and Virender Sehwag by slamming 210 against Bangladesh in Chattogram.
It was not any ordinary double hundred, but the fastest double century in ODI and it came in just 126 balls. India still had 15 overs left to play when Kishan got out.
The left-handed opener had replaced an injured Rohit Sharma; one could call this the perfect way to grab an opportunity with both hands.
In the course of his blitzkrieg performance, Ishan Kishan broke several records. His fastest double century eclipsed Chris Gayle’s record of scoring 200 in 138 deliveries.
He also became the youngest men’s player to reach a double ton, which came in 9 innings and at age 24 and 145 days.
Ishan is also the holder of the most runs scored by any batter against Bangladesh, a record previously held by Virender Sehwag (175).
10. Sachin Tendulkar 200* vs South Africa, 2010
Arguably the most memorable innings played in an India vs South Africa match is that of Sachin Tendulkar’s double hundred in ODI in Gwalior. At this point in time, Belinda Clark was the only cricketer to achieve this unique feat in this sport.
Tendulkar’s innings comprised 25 fours and 3 sixes with the milestone score coming in just 147 balls.
The Sachin double century meant that the master blaster overtook Saeed Anwar and Charles Coventry’s scores of 194 & 194*, respectively.
“The first man on the planet to reach 200 and it’s the superman from India – Sachin Tendulkar 200 from 147. Take a bow master, ” were the words millions worldwide heard as Ravi Shastri commended Sachin’s landmark effort.
Sachin would go on to dedicate the century to his countrymen, who continued to back him through thick and thin.
11. Belinda Clark 229* (AUS) vs Denmark, 1997
A personal milestone of 200 was an unprecedented achievement in 1997 when Belinda Clark scored the first double century in ODI.
Opening the innings for Australia, the then Australia Women’s captain scored her quota of runs in just 155 deliveries. Her team also posted 400+ total which was a landmark in itself.
She dominated not just the strike, but also the bowlers, smashing 22 fours on course to her double ton.
The Aussie bowlers would then bundle out Denmark Women for a measly 49 winnings the match by a gargantuan 363-run margin.
Men’s cricket was yet to breach the 400+ runs barrier in ODIs, which would happen in 2006. Clark also led the Australian Women’s team to winning two World Cups and one final.
12. Amelia Kerr (NZ) 232* vs Ireland, 2018
17 years old at the time, Amelia Kerr burst into the international scene in style hitting 232* against the Ireland Women’s team.
Her tally of runs came in just 145 balls comprising 31 fours and 2 sixes.
The 418 runs scored by New Zealand batters is the third-highest total in women’s cricket. Coincidentally, the White Ferns hold the record for the highest and the second-highest totals, too.
Not only did Kerr hit the highest individual score in women’s ODI in that match, but also claimed five wickets, becoming the only cricketer to accomplish this feat.
She and Leigh Kasperek were involved in a partnership of 295 runs, which is the second-highest in women’s cricket.