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What are the 5 best cricket ODI innings of the decade?

What are the 5 best cricket ODI innings of the decade?

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  • Harrison Sinatra 2020-08-06 14:27:53 rate(0)

    First things first:

    The batting records this decade have been dominated by Indians by a difference of miles, so do expect most answers with atleast 2 Indian innings.

    I can't really rate my list in any order because the ones listed are because of different reasons that would be mentioned by me.

    The list:

    SR Tendulkar- 200* vs South Africa

    An innings that marked the starting of individual 200s in ODIs, what makes this 200 standout from all others is that this came against one of the best bowling attacks of recent times. None of the Rohit's 200 have come against a bowling attack that could be considered good enough.

    Gautam Gambhir- 97 vs Sri Lanka

    This innings has never got the appreciation and applause that it deserved, overshadowed by the biased preference of many Indians. No one in Indian World Cup setup of any time had a comparable impact in World Cup finals like GG had in both types of the World Cups that India won recently.

    David Warner- 173 vs South Africa

    These types of innings are a personal favourite for me. Similar to Sachin's 175 vs Australia at Hyderabad. When all odds are against you and one man decides to stand against these odds fighting like a lone ranger is a treat to watch. Sadly ended up on loosing side but that was a gem of an innings.

    Alex Hales- 171 vs Pakistan

    Came against an excellent pace attack at that time. He was the main anchor in the record breaking innings of 444 & 481.

    Kevin O'Brien- 113 vs England

    With 111–5 at halfway against a deadly bowling lineup of England, who would've guessed that Ireland would cross the 250 mark, let alone winning it with 5 balls remaining? That's what KO Brien did. Literally KO'ed England of that match.

    Special mentions:

    171* by Rohit Sharma against Australia at WACA was his best innings for me, but Steve Smith in that very innings was equally good.

    Virat- 133* vs Sri Lanka

    Every Indian fan knows how good this innings was. Did a commendable task of defusing Lasith Malinga's performances against India from thereafter. The legendary bowler never looked like anything deadly after that match, exceptions excluded.

    Nuwan Kulasekara & Dhammika Prasad made more than 100 runs between them against Australia at GABBA with Brett Lee and JL Pattison who was hitting constant speeds of 145+ in that series, spearheading their attack. The combined effort along with Tharanga nearly took Sri Lanka across the line from 6–144 at 30 overs while chasing 315+.

    Ironically, I too forgot to mention GG, remembered it after seeing the second answer and hence edited the list.

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  • Corey Bieber 2020-08-06 14:24:06 rate(0)

    Gautam Gambhir’s 97 vs Sri Lanka in ICC World Cup 2011 Final

    While Mahendra Singh Dhoni with his unbeaten 91 has become immortal in the cricketing memory of the country, a better cricketing perspective will still hold Gautam Gambhir’s 97 as a more-important knock during the final of ICC World Cup 2011 between India and Sri Lanka.

    Following a disastrous start to India’s chase of 278 which saw them getting reduced to 31/2, it was Gambhir who held the Indian innings with a young Kohli and laid the foundation for Dhoni to come and swing his arms freely.

    The former opener was the common thread in the two defining partnerships (Gambhir/Kohli: 83, Gambhir/Dhoni: 109) which eventually turned the tide in India’s favour. Also, how Gambhir had timed his innings was a testament to the man’s determination for the cause.

    Virat Kohli’s 133 vs Sri Lanka at Hobart in 2012

    Requiring 320 in 40 overs to stay in contention for a spot in the final of a tri-series in Australia, Team India had, for the first time, experienced the run-scoring machine they had at their disposal to the full extent.

    Already 8-ODI-hundred-old Kohli had not only reinvented himself with his old-school techniques and timing but launched himself on the world stage. One of the most feared white-ball bowlers of the time Lasith Malinga was outmanoeuvred with ease by the gifted wrists of the soon-to-be-best-cricketer.

    Also, the Hobart knock came at a time when the hallucinating effect of T20 had put the cricketing world under the impression that theatrical shots were essential in scoring runs. But with Kohli’s advent as an international cricketer, it was re-established that the traditional style of play can and will fetch numbers.

    Rohit Sharma’s 209 vs Australia at Bengaluru in 2013

    Rohit Sharma had been at foray of Indian cricket since 2008 and was often at the receiving end of criticisms during the initial days of his career for the number of chances he received over others in the national team.

    While a chance to open the innings had saved his ODI career, it was the double-hundred, 209 to be precise, against Australia in Bengaluru in 2013 which initiated his quest of becoming one of the best Indian limited-overs batsmen.

    The criticisms and doubts which loomed large over his career were also put to rest by the 209 as the cricketing world geared up to witness the brilliance of a special cricketer, which Rohit Sharma was always destined to become.

    Sachin Tendulkar’s 200* vs South Africa at Gwalior 2010

    Before February 2010, there could have hardly been a soul who fancied a double-hundred in ODI. But with the Master in-charge, no batting record was ever safe and the first individual 200 of white-ball cricket was the reaffirmation of Sachin Tendulkar’s greatness.

    The wicket was not an easy one to bat on as was evident during South Africa’s innings when the Proteas were bundled out for 248 despite them getting the advantage of dew.

    More than the runs he had scored, it was a great display of his physical ability as a batsman as he played his fiery knock of 147 for the length of entire 50 overs.

    Virat Kohli’s 100* and 115* vs Australia at Jaipur and Nagpur in 2013

    If Kohli’s Hobart Hurricane was the dawn of his great international career, the 2013 home series against Australia gave Kohli’s cricket a new dimension and made him an undisputed batting great while chasing.

    With 360 to win, India were in a similar kind of position like that of Hobart a year ago. Kohli played another fiery and unbeaten knock of 100 off just 52 balls and along with Rohit Sharma, took India to a comfortable victory with 9 wickets and more than six overs to spare.

    The next innings in Jaipur was another masterclass in chasing a big total. In the foundation laid by the openers, Kohli batted with the strike rate of 174.24 for his unbeaten 66-ball 115 to snatch victory from the jaws of the Australians.


  • Justin Watson 2020-08-06 14:19:20 rate(0)

    The 5 best ODI knocks for the past decade for me will be

    1. G. Gambhir 97 vs SL 2011 WC. Two wickets for not much on the board while chasing a descent total to win a world cup after 28 years. This was a special knock from the left handed Indian batsmen.

    2. Yuvraj Singh 150 vs Eng. India were reeling for 28/3 in a series decider and out in the middle were the two of India's finest middle order batsmen who were way past their prime. But this knock from Yuvi helped India put up 380+ on board and win the series.

    3. A B deVilliers 149 vs WI 2015 WC. Came to play after 38.3 overs and scoring a hundred itself is a big deal and then there is this man who scored 149 which included 16 sixes in that innings. It was literally a treat for his fans.

    4. Carlos Brathwaite 101 vs NZ 2019 WC. Chasing 292 to win WI were 142/4 when this man came out to bat. At the other end there was universal boss Who was looking to take the game away from NZ. But there was a twist in this match. Gayle was out and it was 152/5 with just injured E. Lewis left as a proper batsmen who was out without contributing much. But this knock from the Brathwaite took WI towards victory but only to loose by 5 runs. One of the best league matches in the WC

    5. M. Stoinis 146 vs NZ. Aus were 54/5 chasing 281 for victory against NZ. Who would have thought that this match will be so interesting. Thanks to a career defining innings from Stoinis this match went from a boring one sided match to a thriller. Stoinis scored over 50% of the team total but fell just short of taking them over the line. But this was one of the best knock played by a lower order batsmen early in his career.

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