To make an entry into the international record books as a double centurion in ODIs is the lifetime dream of every cricketer of this world. Perhaps it is not everyone’s cup of tea to achieve this feat as it demands a huge amount of patience and courage. Every cricketer who played the ODI format in the current times in their career must have wished to register his name in the 200 run record book.
There are various cricketers who have already reached the 200 run milestone in their ODI career making it as the most prestigious moment. Total 8 players have already reached the grand score of 200 in ODIs out of which 2 are women. Among the women, Belinda Clark and Amelia Kerr have reached this milestone while representing their country.
Rohit Sharma is the name which first comes to everyone’s mouth when we talk about double century. Nicknamed as Hitman, Rohit Sharma has so far scored 3 double centuries in his ODI career and is the only player to do so. The record of the highest individual score in an ODI is also held by Rohit Sharma when he played a mind-boggling innings of 264 runs innings against the Sri Lankan team.
Apart from Rohit, few other cricketers have also conquered this record once in their lifetime. Such 6 cricketers who have scored a double century in ODIs are:
#1 Sachin Tendulkar (India vs South Africa, 2010)
Regarded as the God of Cricket, Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar holds the record of being the first ever double centurion in the history of ODI cricket.
Sachin achieved this feat during an ODI match against South Africa that was played at the Captain Roop Singh Stadium of Gwalior. While batting first, India posted a huge score of 401 runs on the board with the help of Sachin’s double century which came in just 147 balls.
Nicknamed as Master Blaster, Sachin was awarded the man of the match award in that match for his perfectly carved innings of 200 runs, which also created history in the ODI cricket.
#2 Virender Sehwag (India vs West Indies, 2011)
Virender Sehwag was always known for his aggressive nature of batting with the capability of smashing right from the first ball. His signature move of beginning an innings with a boundary became very popular in the cricketing world. With the aggressive nature of batting, to score a double century for Sehwag was not that much difficult.
Nicknamed Viru, Sehwag became the 2nd cricketer in the world to score a double century in ODIs after the legendary Sachin Tendulkar. Viru achieved this milestone against the might, West Indian side during the year 2011. Opening the innings for team India, Sehwag battered the opposition to score 219 runs in just 149 balls with the sparkling strike rate of 146.97.
At that time, it was the highest ever individual score in ODIs which was later broken by Rohit Sharma when he smashed 264 runs against Sri Lanka.
#3 Rohit Sharma (India vs Australia, 2013)
The name of Rohit Sharma has been frequently used when there is a mention of a double century in ODIs. So far, Rohit has been regarded as a revolutionist of ODI cricket because of his 3 double centuries in this format of the game. Among these 3 double centuries, he even holds the record of the highest run scorer in ODIs which includes his innings of 264 runs against Sri Lanka.
Nicknamed as Hitman, Rohit scored his first ever double century against Australia on 2 November 2013 at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Banglore. His innings of 209 runs included 12 fours and 16 sixes which was a record in itself.
After this innings, he continued his form and scored 2 more double centuries in this format making him as the first player to hit multiple 200s.
#4 Chris Gayle (West Indies vs Zimbabwe, 2015)
To score a double century in the most prestigious event of cricket is a lifetime achievement for any cricketer. Chris Gayle has been lucky to have accomplished this dream during the 2015 ICC World Cup.
Chris Gayle became a nightmare for the bowlers of Zimbabwe in that match. Regarded as the Universe Boss, Gayle scored played an unbelievable innings of 215 runs which included 10 fours and 16 sixes. Unfortunately, he got out on the last ball of the innings but had done the work for his nation till then.
#5 Martin Guptill (New Zealand vs West Indies, 2015)
New Zealand has been lucky to have a player of top class caliber like Martin Guptill in their side. While opening the innings, Guptill has made some noteworthy contributions for his nation. Martin Guptill holds the record of being the first ever cricketer from New Zealand to score a double century in 50 overs cricket.
Martin Guptill was very lucky to achieve the 200 run mark during the World Cup. Guptill achieved this feat during the match between New Zealand and West Indies in the most prestigious event of cricket. Martin’s 237 runs innings completely outwitted the West Indian bowlers.
With this innings, he became the first New Zealander and the 5th cricketer in the world to score a double century in ODI cricket.
#6 Fakhar Zaman (Pakistan vs Zimbabwe, 2018)
The level of Pakistan in cricket has been gradually rising after the Champions Trophy 2017. After claiming the title of Champions trophy in the year 2017, the confidence of Pakistani cricketers has raised to another level.
Pakistani cricket reached newer heights when Fakhar Zaman became the first ever Pakistani cricketer to score a double century in ODIs. Fakhar achieved this record in the year 2018 when he scored 210 runs against Zimbabwe. Fakhar’s innings was perfectly balanced with both patience and aggressiveness.