Viv Richards‘s 181 to explosive Kiwi opener
Martin Guptill‘s 237* in the last edition.
Ahead of the 2019 ICC World Cup, TimesofIndia.com sports recaps the top five highest individual scores which will remain glittering highlights of cricket’s biggest carnival.
Martin Guptill – 237* vs West Indies (2015)
New Zealand opener Martin Guptill carried his bat through the innings to post an unbeaten 237 – the second-highest individual score in ODI history – against the West Indies in the quarterfinal of the ICC World Cup 2015 in Wellington. He faced 163 balls in his record-breaking knock that saw him smash 24 fours and 11 sixes. Incredibly no other batsmen scored even a fifty in New Zealand’s mind boggling 393/6. Guptill grabbed his second life with both hands, after being given a life in the first over of the innings when Marlon Samuels dropped him at square leg off Jerome Taylor. In reply, West Indies could manage 250 in 30.3 overs.
Chris Gayle – 215 vs Zimbabwe (2015)
The 2015 World Cup witnessed two double hundreds. The first was scored by Windies big hitter Chris Gayle – who also became the first batsman to score a World Cup double century with this knock. After losing Dwayne Smith for 0 in the very first over, Gayle forged a 372-run partnership with Marlon Samuels for the second wicket. That was the total which the West Indies posted against Zimbabwe in the Pool B match in Canberra. Gayle smacked 10 fours and 16 sixes during his 147-ball stay at the crease and was dismissed off the final delivery of the Windies innings. Gayle completed his century in 105 balls and then he fired on all cylinders, reaching his next hundred off just 33 deliveries. That also made him the first non-Indian batsman to score a double century in ODIs at that time (before Guptill scored his double century). Chasing a huge 373-run target, Zimbabwe were bowled out for 289.
Gary Kirsten – 188* vs UAE (1996)
For the third highest score on this list we have to go back to the 1996 edition. South African opener Gary Kirsten (who later became India coach) held the record of the highest-individual score in the World Cup for almost 20 years (before Gayle broke it in 2015). Kirsten scored a mammoth 188 not out against UAE in Rawalpindi, struck 13 fours and four sixes in his 159-ball innings, as South Africa made 321/2 in 50 overs. It was also the then second highest individual ODI score after West Indian great Viv Richards’ 189 not out against England in 1984. South Africa then limited UAE to a paltry 152/8 to win the match by 169 runs.
Sourav Ganguly – 183 vs Sri Lanka (1999)
Sourav Ganguly probably played the best limited overs knock of his life in the 1999 World Cup against the defending champions Sri Lanka in Taunton. The Sri Lankan bowlers were taken to the cleaners by Ganguly and Rahul Dravid during the course of their record 318 run partnership (at that time an all-time record in ODIs for any wicket). After reaching his century off 119 balls, Ganguly changed the momentum scoring the next 83 runs off just 39 balls. Ganguly clobbered 17 fours and seven sixes in his 158-ball memorable innings before being dismissed off the penultimate delivery. Dravid meanwhile chipped in with 145 off 129 balls, with 17 fours and a six as the Men in Blue posted a mammoth 373/6. India then produced a good bowling effort to bowl out Sri Lanka for 216 in 42.3 overs, to wrap up a 157 run win.
Viv Richards – 181 vs Sri Lanka (1987)
West Indies found themselves in a spot of bother at 45/2, but Viv Richards bailed his team out with a destructive innings of 181 which was scored off just 125 balls against Sri Lanka in Karachi in the 1987 edition. In the process, he also put on a 182-run stand for the third wicket with Desmond Haynes. Richards hit 16 fours and seven sixes to help the Windies post 360/4 in their 50 overs. The West Indian legend also overtook Kapil Dev’s 175* to record the highest-ever individual score at the World Cup at that time. The West Indies went on to register a huge 191 run win, by restricting Sri Lanka to just 169/4.