We have seen many batsmen score “big runs” in ODI, the One day format of the beautiful game. Batsmen have defied all odds and turned into absolute monsters to wreak havoc on the bowlers and pile runs for themselves and also for their team. In the process of destroying the bowlers, some of the batsmen have gone onto score some of the highest runs by an individual player, and today we will look at those batsmen who hold the record for the highest individual runs in the ODI format. Grab your popcorn or chips, because this is going to get very interesting.


Rohit Sharma- 264 vs Sri Lanka:

I don’t think this one needs a lot of explanation. I am certain all of us, even if you are not a cricket fan, will very much know about this record. The “Hitman” went all out against the Sri Lankan bowling lineup, and at some point, even the bowlers looked confused because Rohit wasn’t even playing a single bad shot. We got to see a vintage Rohit Sharma show and did not disappoint. He reached this massive score in just 173 balls, and he hit an insane 33 fours and 9 sixes. Rohit had a strike rate of 152, and he just seemed to be in a totally different zone. That inning was absolutely something else, and I do not think there will be anyone who can match that. Thanks to Rohit’s escapades, India posted a fearsome 404, which Sri Lanka could not chase down. This knock is meant to be in the history books.

Martin Guptil- 237 vs West Indies:

Next on the list, we have the New Zealand “Hitman”, Martin Guptil. Martin achieved this insane score against the West Indies, during the 2015 cricket world cup.  Guptil is not known for his big-hitting abilities, but when it matters the most, he managed to deliver. Guptil’s double-century made him the first player from New Zealand to achieve this feat, and he also holds the record for the highest individual score in Cricket World Cup, in fact, these are just some of the records this man’s double-century broke, there are many more records that he broke. Guptil took just 163 balls to achieve this and he hit 25 fours and 11 sixes. None of the West Indies players could match Guptil’s insanity, ad thus they were kicked out of the tournament. Guptil’s double-century, similar to Rohit Sharma’s will forever be remembered by cricket as well as non-cricket fans (maybe not the West Indies fans)

Virender Sehwag- 219 vs West Indies:

Again against the West Indies, but this time it was Virender Sehwag. If all the young cricket fans are amused by Rohit Sharma’s and Virat Kohli’s hitting ability, back in the day, it was this man who used to give us that joy. Virender Sehwag is known to be a destructive batsman and he has very truly lived up to that hype. Apart from this insane record, Sehwag also holds the record for the highest score made by an Indian in test cricket. He has also scored the faster triple century and that too in test cricket, so now you know what I am saying. Sehwag reached this score in just 149 balls and he smashed 25 fours and 7 sixes. Very interestingly, Rohit Sharma was there to witness this insanity, and maybe that is how he got inspired. In response, West Indes was not able to chase down this mammoth target, and India won the game.

Chris Gayle- 215 vs Zimbabwe:

Would this record be real or true if Chris Gayle wasn’t a part of it? Gayle or “Mr. Universal boss” didn’t hold back during this match against Zimbabwe, in the 2015 cricket world cup. Gayle absolutely demolished the Zimbabwe bowlers and reached his double-century in just 147 balls. It won’t be a Chirs Gayle innings if he hit more fours than sixes, so he stayed true to himself and hit 16 sixes and 10 fours. The Zimbabwe batsmen did put up a good fight, but in the end, they were outmatched by the legend and his team. Gayle holds many records like this, and fans will remember him most for his 175 not out against Rising Pune Super Giants in the IPL.

Fakhar Zaman- 210 vs Pakistan:

The last person on this insane list is Pakistan’s, Fakhar Zaman. Fakhar too achieved this feat against Zimbabwe. The big-hitter took just 156 balls to reach this massive score, he showcased brilliant batting skills to reach this landmark. This feat made him the first Pakistani player to score a double century and also the fastest batsman to score 1000 runs. Similar to all the other batsmen on this list, Fakhar too has many records. He is yet to showcase his true potential but from what we have seen so far, he can be a legend of the game.

These are the 5 players, who broke the physics of the game and also the opposition fans’ hearts. In my opinion, I don’t think there will be another player who will ever break Rohit’s record, but we never know, lets hope someone does.