One Day International cricket, commonly known as ODI, is generally played between the international teams that are affiliated by the International Cricket Council (ICC), the global governing body for cricket. From the start of ODI cricket, it has produced lots of magnificent matches with unimaginable scores, that were always thought to be impossible to achieve.
The first ODI match was in history was played between England and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in January 1971. Since then, there had been about 4000 ODI matches played in the world. Though previously ODI matches were limited to 55 or 60 overs, today the limit is 50 overs.
In recent times, the power of the international cricket teams has shown a different level. Scoring a mere 350 in the limited-overs cricket has become very common. Shorter boundaries, the powerplay rules, and improvement in the quality of the bats have tilted the game towards the batsmen to some extent.
Individual Highest Score in ODI
The individual highest score in ODI cricket is held by Rohit Sharma from the Indian Cricket team. Sharma has scored a whopping 264 runs from 173 balls against Sri Lanka in the year 2014 at the Eden Gardens.
Rohit is closely followed by M J Guptil who has a score of 237 runs and is second in the list of the individual highest score in ODI. Guptil is from New Zealand. While Virender Shewag holds the third position with 219 runs, Sachin Tendulkar has a score of 200 at the 8th position.
Highest Score in ODI by a team
Let’s have a look at the highest score in ODI by a team. This list has been made by tallying the matches that were registered over the last 14 years.
Highest Scoring Teams:
|England||Australia||Nottingham||19th June 2018||481/6||50||England|
|England||Pakistan||Nottingham||30th August 2016||444/3||50||England|
|Sri Lanka||Netherlands||Amstelveen||4th July 2006||443/9||50||Sri Lanka|
|South Africa||West Indies||Johannesburg||18th July 2015||439/2||50||South Africa|
|South Africa||Australia||Johannesburg||12th March 2006||438/9||49.5||South Africa|
|South Africa||India||South Africa||25th Oct 2015||438/4||50||South Africa|
England vs Australia, 2018: 481/6
Following the suspension of their two top players, Steve Smith and David Warner, the Australian cricket team was going through a rough phase in 2018 when Australia’s tour of England was scheduled. Along with it, their top quality bowlers including Mitchell Starc were injured causing a depletion within the team. The weak Australian team toured England for a limited-overs series and the English team was just ruthless.
England made the Aussies pay for every game of the 5-match series of the ODI making the score 5-0. The biggest take from the series occurred in the third match when England completely crushed down the Australian team’s morale by scoring a 481-6– the highest score in ODI by a team ever.
Tim Paine, the captain of the Australian team won the toss and chose to bowl fast. Along with breaking the morale of the opponent team, England broke their previous highest record of 443 against Pakistan, which took place two years ago in the same venue in Nottingham.
The batting order of England comprised of Jason Roy (82), Johnny Bairstow (139) and Alex Hales (147). They crushed the bowler’s confidence with every strike. Hales looked unstoppable in the match and had a strike rate over 160. Hales scored a century off 62 balls and was declared the man of the match.
While Johnny Bairstow scored his sixth ODI hundred in the match, Hales’s 147 off 92 balls stole the show. Eoin Morgan successfully scored the fastest-ever England one-day half-century.
Australia undoubtedly showed a weak fielding in the match. Tim Paine used 8 bowlers in the match but all of them were cleaned by the powerful English batsmen, making their bowling performance even worse. While they chased an impossible target of 482, Australia was bowled out for 239.
England’s 481 run in the third match is the highest score in ODI by a team to date.
England vs Pakistan, 2016: 444/3
The second highest score in ODI by team also belongs to England. The venue, Trent Bridge in Nottingham has consistently been the paradise for the England team and a graveyard for the bowlers. In 2016, August Pakistan toured England along with Ireland to play a four-match Test series and five-match ODI series.
During the third ODI, the Pakistani bowlers faced tremendous wrath of the English batsmen. The entire batting order of the England team exploded with boundaries, smashing long fours and sixes. Alex Hales scored his highest score in ODI, 171 off 122 balls and build up the perfect platform for the triumph.
Joe Root scored 85 and lead the team beautifully in the middle over. Jos Buttler and the skipper Eoin Morgan scored 90 off 51 balls and 57 off 27 balls and made sure that the team scores a giant total.
Alex Hales made the highest total for an England cricketer in ODIs while Joss Buttler scored the fastest 50 in ODIs for England batsman. Azhar Ali, the skipper and captain of the Pakistan cricket team used seven bowlers for the match but not a single managed to break the juggernaut caused by the England batsmen.
Wahab Riaz’s bowling scorecard of 0/110 is still the second-worst in ODIs and the worst by any Pakistani bowler. England obviously won the match by a huge 169 run margin and scored their now second-highest ODI score by team.
Sri Lanka vs Netherlands, 2006: 443/9
Back in the year 2006, Sri Lanka held the highest score in ODI by team against the and held to the record for 9 years. The Sri Lankans played against a weak team of Netherlands and made sure the team pay a huge price for this.
Netherlands’ bowling was average and the Lankan batsmen cleaned them out. Sanath Jayasuriya scored 157 off 104 balls and Tillakaratne Dilshan scored 117 off 78 balls and were the chief architects of the victory. The total score was 443 for 9 wickets and it brought down the Netherlands team down by their knees.
This helped Sri Lanka achieve 34 extra runs owing to their lack of discipline that helped the team score a mammoth target. Though the Netherlands showed a bit of resistance initially, they gave up on 248 and lost the match by 195 runs.
South Africa vs West Indies, 2015: 439/2
In the year 2015, South Africa’s Pink ODI is worth remembering every time the highest score in ODI is talked about. AB de Villiers, the star player from South Africa rained fire on the West Indies team with his army.
South Africa batted first and massacred the West Indies team by scoring a massive 439/2 which made it the worst day for the Windies cricket team. De Villers created magic by making the fastest ODI century in the match and finished off with a 149 off just 44 balls, in mere 59 minutes!
The openers, Hashim Amla scored 153 off 142 balls and Rilee Rossouw scored 128 off 115 balls, playing unforgettable shots.
The Windies team was demoralised and fell on their chin to the shots of the South African batsmen. The Protea batsmen were unstoppable and AB de Villers stole the show with his magnificent performance. West Indies touched 291/7 and surrendered.
South Africa vs Australia, 2006: 438/9
On March 12, 2006, the cricket fans witnessed the greatest heists that made their jaws drop. South Africa vs Australia match proved that any mammoth score can be chased down if played with the right intentions and in the right way.
The Wanderer Stadium witnessed the record-breaking efforts from both the teams. With the battle against South Africa, Australia made a score of 435 in the 50-overs. The target was thought to be impossible to achieve by the commentators as well as the fans.
While Ricky Ponting scored 164 off 105 balls, Herschelle Gibbs scored 175 along with 90 from Graeme Smith and 50 from Mark Boucher, who also hit the winning boundary. The match was a spectacular battle of the bat and ball.
In the second innings, South Africa scored 438/9 and made the fifth highest ODI score by a team. The rare second innings score that it featured in the match makes it worth remembering.
In spite of so many highest scores, some records seem to be impossible to break like Rohit Sharma’s 264 off 173 balls or England’s 481/6 in a single inning of 50-overs cricket. ODI is rightly called the ‘Mother of Cricket’ given its charisma and unique excitement. With the resumption of cricket after 4 months, it is expected by fans that the new highest score in ODI will be made and the previous ones be broken.