Ever since the great Sir Vivian Richards scored 189* in only the 264th ODI ever played, the double century in limited overs cricket has been up for grabs for anyone skilled enough to achieve it.
Since Viv’s 189* in 1984, many came agonizingly close but only eight cricketers have been able to achieve this honour to date. In light of the eight and latest entry to this list who is none other than Pakistan’s very own Fakhar Zaman, I thought it apt to take some time out to briefly relive each double century made in ODI history.
TOP 8 PLAYER ODI DOUBLE CENTURY SCORERS OF ALL TIME
Briefly relive each double century made in ODI history.
1. ROHIT SHARMA (264 – INDIA)
On 13th November 2014, Rohit Sharma played probably the greatest ODI innings of all time at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata against Sri Lanka. Not only is his 264 the current record for the highest individual score in ODI’s of all time, but the manner in which he achieved it is the stuff of legends all on its own too. He scored his 100 of exactly 100 balls. What followed was an outright massacre as his next 73 balls fetched him another 164 runs, establishing a record that has continued to be impossible to surpass.
2. MARTIN GUPTILL (237 – NEW ZEALAND)
On 21st March 2015, Martin Guptill scored a double century a mere month after Chris Gayle and shattered Gayle’s record. His 237* is regarded by many as being even better than Sharma’s 267. On a pitch where only one other batsman crossed 42, Guptill completely wrecked the Windies assault in the quarter final of WC 2015, in which New Zealand eventually ended up as runners-up to the Aussies. Guptill carried his bat through the innings, scoring 35 boundaries along the way.
3. VERINDER SEHWAG (219 – INDIA)
On 8th December 2011, Verinder Sehwag became the second double centurion in cricketing history. Sehwag’s motives were clear right from the start in his match against the Windies at Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore. He clipped his second ball away past midwicket and opened his maximums account through an upper-cut on his eighth ball. Taking full advantage of the small boundaries at Indore, he raced to 200 of only 140 balls against the worn out Windies’ attack. His time eventually came to a close in the 46th over for 219, but the match had already become a formality by then.
4. CHRIS GAYLE (215 – WES INDIES)
The first non-Indian to reach the landmark, Chris Gayle’s double century didn’t come as a shock to many. When Gayle smashed Sean Williams for a six over cow corner on 24th February 2015 at Manuka Oval in Canberra, he overtook Gary Kirsten’s record of 188* as the highest individual scorer at the ODI World Cup. Gayle ended up doing one better as he finished at 215, caught off the last ball of the innings as he attempted a 17th six which would’ve sealed the deal for the record for him.
5. FAKHAR ZAMAN (210 – PAKISTAN)
The most recent instance of a batsman breaching the 200 mark – and what inspired this article – is that of Fakhar Zaman against a second-string Zimbabwean attack on 20th July 2018 at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo. Fakhar played innings of 210 of just 156 balls. During the course of the innings, Fakhar and his opening partner, Imam-ul-Haq, broke the record of the highest partnership in ODI cricket of all time, amassing 304 for the first wicket. Pakistan eventually reached 399-1, the highest score for the loss on one wicket or lesser in ODI cricket. Fakhar, scoring his first double century in only his 17th innings became the fastest cricketer to do so in terms of matches played.
6. ROHIT SHARMA (209 – INDIA)
On 2nd November 2013 at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, Rohit Sharma became the third batsmen to reach the 200 mark as he smashed 209 against Australia. Rohit’s 209 of 158 balls included 16 sixes, which is still the joint record for most sixes in an innings. Little did we know that he would be reaching the landmark not once, but twice more.
7. ROHIT SHARMA (208 – INDIA)
Again, on 13th December 2017 at the PCA IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali, Rohit Sharma, for the 3rd time, scored a double ton while no other batsmen has yet managed to cross the mark more than once. Facing an inexperienced Sri Lankan bowling attack, Sharma breezed through to a century and then really went in for the kill. In the space of seven overs, he went from 116 of 126 balls to 208* of 153 balls and an astounding 92 runs of 27 balls, which included 4 sixes of 4 balls in the 43th over.
8. SACHIN TENDULKAR (200 – INDIA)
Last but undoubtedly not the least comes Sachin Tendulkar who, on 24th February2010 at the Captain Roop Singh Stadium in Gwalior against South Africa, became the first ever cricketer in history to score a double century. He skillfully steered a half volley from Langeveldt to point, running the single which gifted him another batting record. The elusive double ton had been breached at last, and fittingly, had been done so by the one who was most worthy of the honour and opened the doors of possibility for others to learn from him and do so as well.