A decade ago, scoring a double century in ODI cricket was a hurdle that was considered nearly impossible to cross. A few batsmen like Saeed Anwar and Charles Coventry had come close but fell short by narrow margins. Then arrived the out of the world knock from the Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar in 2008 against South Africa in Gwalior.
He played a wonderful knock and for his staggering batting records, fittingly, became the first man in the cricketing fraternity to go past 200 in the shorter format of the game. That was the innings that brought the belief in the batsmen that the improbable was achievable.
Since then, Virender Sehwag, Rohit Sharma, Chris Gayle and Martin Guptill managed to score ODI double hundreds. There are a few batsmen in the modern era who can achieve the same as well. With the game in the present age favoring the batsmen increasingly, 200 in an ODI is not impossible anymore.
Here are the 5 batsmen who can score 200 in ODI cricket:
#1 Virat Kohli
Talk about ODI cricket and Virat Kohli’s name shines at the top. Undoubtedly the best modern-day batsman in the 50-over format is the premier candidate of scoring a double century. The chances of the 28-year-old achieving the milestone are stronger as he bats at No.3 and gets plenty of opportunities to score big. He already has 30 ODI hundreds to his name and the most amongst the active international players.
His highest score in ODIs is 183 that came while chasing which goes to show that if he gets a decent pitch and a handful of overs, he is the premier candidate to score 200. The Indian captain recently played a knock of 131 off 96 balls in Colombo against Sri Lanka and got out in the 30th over. He was looking set to get there but unfortunately lost his wicket. One more of such games and Kohli will certainly join the elite list.