One day international (ODI) is all about limited overs cricket which is normally played between two teams who have international status with each team facing a fixed number of overs which is normally fixed at 50. This is a late twentieth century inventory in the cricket game. The first ODI was played in 1971 between England and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground where Australia won the game by 5 wickets. They were normally played in white kits with red balls.
Kerry Packer introduced World Cricket series in the 1970s, which developed into the present ODI where colored uniforms were introduced, with matches being played under flood lights at night with dark sight screens and white balls.
An ODI is contested between two teams consisting of 11 players where the captain of the winning side decides whether to bat or bowl first and each bowler is limited to bowling a maximum of 10 overs meaning each team must at least comprise of 5 competent bowlers.
Here are the top 10 batsmen who made their teams proud
10. CL Cairns
This great New Zealand batsman was active between 1991- 2006. He has 153 sixes to his account, which he gathered in 193 innings and 215 matches. He managed 345 fours, 4950 runs, at a strike rate of 84.26 and an average of 29.46.
9. RT Ponting
Now retired, Ricky Ponting slammed 162 sixes in 375 matches and 365 inns. He was active between 1995-2012 with 1231 fours during his entire career with a strike rate of 80.39, an average of 42.03 and 13704 runs.
8. AB de Villiers
Between 2005 – 2016, he has played 200 matches, 192 inns, 8621 runs, with a strike rate of 100.18 and an average of 54.56. He has 184 sixes to his credit.
7. SC Ganguly
Between 1992 – 2007, he has 190 sixes to his credit in 311 matches and 300 inns with 11363 runs. Has a high score of 183 and has hit 1122 fours with a strike rate of 73.70 and at an average of 41.02.
6. MS Dhoni
Current ODI and T20 Indian skipper who has a cool appearance. Between 2004 – 2016, he has played 275 matches with 241 inns, 8918 runs, an average of 51.25, strike rate of 89.27, 691 fours and 192 sixes.
5. SR Tendulkar
This is an Indian Legend. Between 1989 – 2012 he 195 sixes to his credit in 452 innings and 463 matches. He has hit over 2000 fours making him to be currently the only batman internationally to have hit that high. He has 2016 fours, with a strike rate of 86.23 and an average of 44.83.
4. BB McCullum
This is a New Zealand’s skipper who is equally good in his field. Between 2002 – 2016, he has 200 sixes to his credit, played 260 matches, 228 inns, 6083 runs, 166 high scores, an average of 30.41, strike rate of 96.37, and 577 fours.
3. CH Gayle
This is a Jamaican Cricketer but plays international cricket for West Indies. Between 1999 – 2015, has 238 sixes to his credit, played 269 matches, with 264 innings, 9221 runs, 215 high scores, an average of 37.33, strike rate of 85.11, and 1038 fours.
2. ST Jayasuriya
He is a former Lankan great cricketer who was active between 1989 – 2011. Played 445 matches which he had 433 innings, 13430 runs, 189 high scores, an average of 32.36, strike rate of 91.20, 1500 fours and 270 sixes.
1. Shahid Afridi
Best known as Boom Boom, he is a great man who is currently considered as the world’s number one cricketer. Between 1996 and 2015, he played 398 matches in which he had 369 innings with 8064 runs with a high score of 124, an average of 23.57, a strike rate of 117.00 and has 351 sixes to his credit.
During an ODI game, there are some restrictions which are to be adhered to where in the first 10 overs of an innings, the fielding team may field at most two field players outside the 30 yard circle and between 11-40 overs, only four fielders are allowed outside the 30 yard circle and in the final 10 overs, only five fielders are allowed to field outside the 30 yards circle. Normally, this is a great game to watch.