Instances of an individual player scoring more runs than the entire opposition batting unit is a rare occurrence in international cricket. But it has been achieved quite a few batsmen over the years and here are three of them.
Another example of this dominance was in 2018 when Pakistan’s Fakhar Zaman made history by becoming the first Pakistani batter to score a double century in an ODI during a tour against Zimbabwe. His 210-run knock led Pakistan to a total of 399 runs, which proved too much for Zimbabwe to handle as they lost the match by 244 runs and fell 55 runs short of Fakhar’s individual score.
In 2014, India’s Rohit Sharma also had an unforgettable innings, where he scored 264 runs off 173 balls, breaking various records including the highest ODI score, held by Virender Sehwag. He also became the first and only player to score over 250 runs in an ODI. His innings helped India reach a total of 405 runs, which proved too much for Sri Lanka as they fell 13 runs short of Sharma’s score.
The Indian cricket team has a history of producing dominant performances in One Day Internationals (ODIs). One such instance was in 2003 when, following a loss in the World Cup finals against Australia, Yuvraj Singh lifted the spirits of Indian fans with his maiden ODI century in a Tri-series match against Bangladesh. Despite his teammates struggling with the bat, Yuvraj’s unbeaten 102-run knock helped India reach a total of 276 runs, which proved to be more than enough to defend as the Indian bowling attack successfully restricted Bangladesh to only 76 runs.