Top 6 Most Runs By Indians In ODI Innings (By Running)
Virat Kohli- The Chase Master (X.COM)
Indian Cricket Team has produced some remarkable batting talent over the years, and their ability to accumulate runs through running between the wickets is a testament to their fitness, game awareness, skill, and strategic understanding.
Indian cricketers have consistently displayed their proficiency in rotating the strike and converting singles into doubles, maximizing their scoring opportunities during One Day International (ODI) matches. This emphasis on running between the wickets has been a hallmark of Indian batting, contributing significantly to their success in the limited-overs format.
Let's have a look at the top 6 most runs by Indians in ODI Innings (by running).
1. Virat Kohli (160* v SA)
Virat Kohli in South Africa (X.COM)
In the ODI series in 2018 against South Africa in Cape Town Virat Kohli showcased an exceptional display of batting prowess scoring a remarkable 160* in the third ODI setting numerous records in the process. Kohli became the only Indian to score a century by running a total of 100 runs in singles, doubles and triples between the wickets. Kohli’s remarkable performance left South Africa bewildered as he accumulated a staggering 558 runs across six ODIs, boasting an incredible average of 186 and a striking rate of 99.46.
Additionally, Kohli made history by becoming the first Indian captain to lead his team to a bilateral ODI series victory against South Africa in their own backyard. Notably, Virat Kohli became the only Indian cricketer to score a century solely by running between the wickets during that series, showcasing his exceptional fitness, skill, and understanding of the game.
2. Sourav Ganguly (130* v SL)
On March 22, 1999, during the Pepsi Cup cricket tournament's second match held in Nagpur, India, Sourav Ganguly scored 130 runs against Sri Lanka in 160 balls at a strike rate of 81.25. Sourav Ganguly score a century solely by running between the wickets during that match, showcasing his fitness, and skill. Sourav Ganguly not only showcased his batting skills but also scalped four wickets. India won that match by 80 runs and Sourav Ganguly was awarded the Player of the match.
His ability to score a century solely through running 98 runs in singles, doubles and triples between the wickets demonstrates not only his physical fitness but also his tactical awareness and cricketing skill.
3. Gautam Gambhir (150* vs SL)
Gautam Gambhir's innings of 150* against Sri Lanka in the 4th ODI at Eden Gardens in 2009 was not just about big hits and boundaries, it also highlighted his exceptional ability to rotate the strike and convert ones into twos and twos into threes. His innings exemplified the importance of running between the wickets in cricket and showcased his fitness, calculated awareness, and cricketing ability.
Scoring 94 runs through singles, doubles, and triples reflects Gambhir's astuteness in exploiting gaps, placing the ball intelligently, and running hard between the wickets. Such ability requires not only physical fitness but also a deep understanding of the game situation, field placements, and the opposition's strengths and weaknesses.
4. Sachin Tendulkar (138 vs SL)
Sachin Tendulkar (X.COM)
Sachin Tendulkar's innings of 138 runs against Sri Lanka in the Final of the Compaq Cup at Colombo (RPS) on September 14, 2009, was indeed a masterclass in batting and running between the wickets. Tendulkar's ability to score a century primarily through singles, doubles, and triples highlighted his exceptional fitness, technique, and cricketing intelligence.
In that innings, Tendulkar showcased his prowess in maneuvering the field, finding gaps, and capitalizing on every opportunity to rotate the strike. His ability to convert ones into twos and twos into threes not only kept the scoreboard ticking but also put pressure on the Sri Lankan fielders and bowlers. Scoring 92 runs through running between the wickets requires not only physical fitness but also acute awareness of the game situation, the conditions, and the opposition's strategies.
5. Mohammad Azharuddin (111* v SL)
In the 1st ODI at Colombo (RPS) on August 17, 1997, during India's tour of Sri Lanka Mohammad Azharuddin scored 111* in 117 balls at a strike rate of 94.87.
Accumulating 91 runs through running between the wickets demonstrates Azharuddin's mental sharpness, game awareness, and adaptability to the match conditions. Azharuddin's innings exemplified his deep understanding of the game and his ability to adjust his batting according to the demands of the situation.
6. Virat Kohli (183* vs Pakistan)
Virat Kohli 183* knock against PAK (X.COM)
In the 5th match of the Asia Cup, played in Mirpur, 2012, Virat Kohli played an exceptional knock of 183* against Pakistan. In this outstanding batting display Virat Kohli accumulated a significant number of runs through boundaries and big hits, his ability to also gather 89 runs through running between the wickets underscores his cricketing intelligence, awareness, and adaptability to the match conditions.
Scoring a century through running between the wickets exemplifies Kohli's sharpness of mind, his understanding of the game situation, and his ability to adjust his batting approach according to the demands of the match.