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5 batsmen who can score 200 in ODIs

Sachin Tendulkar scored the first ever ODI 200
Sachin Tendulkar scored the first ever ODI 200

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

Virat Kohli
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.

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Sachin Tendulkar scored the first ever ODI 200
Sachin Tendulkar scored the first ever ODI 200
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

Virat Kohli
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.

#2 AB de Villiers

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers
When AB de Villiers gets going, there is no one as destructive as him. Remember his superhuman knock of 149 off just 44 balls against Windies in 2015 where he struck the fastest international century off just 31 balls. The most astonishing fact of that innings was that he came out to bat in the 39th over and went on to pile on close to 150. Windies suffered another assault from him in the 2015 ODI World Cup where he powered his way to 162 from just 66 balls. Even there, the South African had started batting in the 30th over. The 33-year-old usually bats in the middle-order but just imagine what he can do if he walks out to bat early on a batting-friendly surface, 200 is not the only thing he can surpass but even the highest ODI score of 264 by Rohit Sharma would be in danger as well.

#3 Shikhar Dhawan

Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan
The Indian opener may not have had the best of times in the longest format of the game in his career but there is no denying the fact that he is a formidable batsman in one-day cricket. When Shikhar Dhawan is on song, his strokes are a real treat to watch. The left-hander has notched up 11 ODI hundreds and is certainly capable to go past 200. Although his best score in ODIs is 137 yet not many would know that his highest List A score is 248 that he scored while playing for India A against South Africa A in 2013 in Pretoria. The left-hander somehow loses the sheen after bringing up three figures but if he plays the full 50 overs on a good surface, he can join the club where his opening partner has registered himself twice.

#4 Evin Lewis

Evin Lewis
Evin Lewis
For a long time, Chris Gayle stole the show with his powerful hitting for Windies. But as age slowly takes a toll on the big man, a youngster named Evin Lewis is quickly rising through the ranks. Although he is not as hugely built as someone like Gayle yet he can clear the ropes with the utmost ease. The left-hander has the ability to go after the bowling from the outset and after striking 2 T20I centuries against India, he recently scored 176 off 130 balls in an ODI against England but hurt himself in the 47th over of the innings and unfortunately, had to retire hurt. If he had batted until the 50th over, he was sure to get to 200. The kind of ability the left-hander possesses, an ODI double century shouldn't evade him for long.

#5 Alex Hales

Alex Hales
Alex Hales
England's revival in ODI cricket after the premature exit from the 2015 ODI World Cup has to be credited to players like Alex Hales who score at the rate of knots due to which the side ends up getting scores in excess of 300 more often than not. Hales has been instrumental at the top for the past couple of years and the quickfire knocks give the team a solid platform. His highest score of 171 off 122 balls against Pakistan last year brings him to the list of batsmen who can score a double ton in ODIs. He was dismissed in the 37th over and if he had stayed there for longer, he would have sailed way past 200. Even his List A highest score is 187* which shows that the prestigious mark is just a matter of time for the right-hander.