A solid start to the innings is critical for a team in One Day International (ODI) cricket, and a noteworthy individual performance by a player in the first innings can set the tone for the entire match. Throughout the history of ODI cricket, many players have scored amazing first-innings scores. In this article, we shall look at the highest individual scores in an ODI match’s first innings of all time. It will highlight the outstanding performances of players who have accomplished this accomplishment and will provide insight into the significance of a strong start in the game of cricket. It will be a fascinating read for both cricket fans and analysts.

Highest Individual Score in ODI in the First Innings

Rohit Sharma of India made 264 runs in the first inning of an ODI against Sri Lanka at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on November 13, 2014, setting the record for the highest individual score. Rohit Sharma’s 264 runs off 173 balls, including nine sixes and 33 boundaries, during the fourth One-Day International of the Sri Lanka Tour of India 2014–15 series helped India set a target of 405 runs for Sri Lanka.

Highest Individual Score in ODI in the First Innings

The undefeated 237 runs made by New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill in the quarterfinal match of the ICC World Cup 2014/15 against the West Indies at Wellington on March 21, 2015, is the second-highest individual score in the first inning of a One Day International. Martin Guptill contributed to New Zealand setting a target of 394 for the West Indies with a remarkable inning of undefeated 237 from 163 balls with eleven sixes and twenty-four fours.

At Holkar Stadium in Indore, India, on December 8, 2011, Indian batsman Virendra Sehwag added 219 runs, which is the third-highest total by any player in the first inning of an ODI. The Indian team scored a huge total of 418 runs, which is the best total by an Indian team in an ODI, thanks to Virendra Sehwag’s 219 runs with partners Gautam Gambhir and Suresh Raina. India won the match by 153 runs.

Rohit Sharma’s 264 runs against Sri Lanka are India’s top individual score in an ODI first inning. The second one is the 219 runs that Virendra Sehwag scored at Indore against the West Indies. Rohit Sharma once more earned the third-highest individual score with 209 runs against Australia in Bangalore. For the first time in the history of the One Day International, Sachin Tendulkar scored 200 runs in the first inning.

Highest Individual Score in ODI in the First innings

Batsmen (Team) Runs Against Venue Date
Rohit Sharma (India) 264 SL Kolkata 13th November 2014
Martin Guptill (New Zealand) 237* WI Wellington 21st March 2015
Virender Sehwag (India) 219 WI Indore 8th December 2011
Chris Gayle (West Indies) 215 ZIM Canberra 24th February 2015
Fakhar Zaman (Pakistan) 210* ZIM Bulawayo 20 Jul 2018
Rohit Sharma (India) 209 AUS Bangalore 2nd November 2013
Rohit sharma (India) 208* SL Mohali 13 Dec 2017
Sachin Tendulkar (India) 200* SA Gwalior 24th February 2010
Charles Coventry (Zimbabwe) 194 BAN Bulawayo 16 August 2009
Saeed Anwar (Pakistan) 194 India Chennai 21 May 1997
Sir Viv Richards (West Indies) 189* ENG Manchester 31 May 1984
Sanath Jayasuriya 189 India Sharjah 29 October 2000
Martin Guptill 189* ENG Southampton 2nd June 2013
Gary Kirsten 188* UAE Rawalpindi 16 February 1996
Sachin Tendulkar 186* NZ Hyderabad, Deccan 8 November 1999


What is the highest score on the ODI debut?

Desmond Haynes of the West Indies, who scored 148 runs against Australia in 1978, topped his total. This continues to be the greatest individual score by a debutant in ODIs as of 2019.

Who scored 100 in ODI and Test debut?

A century (100 runs or more) on one’s Test debut is regarded as a noteworthy accomplishment in cricket, and as of November 2021, 110 players had done it 112 times. In their first game, Lawrence Rowe and Yasir Hameed, two of those players, both scored hundreds.

Who scored the most balls to score 1?

In 2013, Stuart Broad batted for 103 minutes against New Zealand before putting one more run on the board on the 63rd pitch he faced. John Murray, a fellow countryman of Broad, holds the record for having faced the most dot balls (79) before a Test innings’ first run.

Who scored the fastest 100 in ODI?

The South African batsman AB De Villiers holds the record for the quickest century in One Day International (ODI) cricket. De Villiers’ century against the West Indies in the second ODI in Johannesburg on January 18, 2015, came off just 31 balls. 8 fours and 16 sixes were included in De Villiers’ hundred.

Who has scored the most runs in a single first-class inning?

First-class cricket’s greatest individual score is 501*, which Brian Lara for Warwickshire in 1994.

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