Top 10 ODI innings by Indian batsmen
Virat Kohli proved against Sri Lanka that when the chips are down and the stakes high, it takes a champion to take his team through. Here is a look at the top 10 ODI knocks by Indian batsmen.
When the chips are down and the stakes high, it takes a champion to take his team through. India's batsmen have often left the world in awe with their magnificent strokeplay. Here is a look at the best 10 ODI knocks by Indian batsmen.
<b>Virat Kohli 133 vs Sri Lanka at Hobart, Feb 28, 2012</b><br><br>Virat Kohli blasted an unbeaten 133 off just 86 balls as India's stunning seven-wicket bonus point victory over Sri Lanka kept them alive in the one-day tri-series in Hobart. (Text: Mid-Day.com)
<b>Rahul Dravid 145 vs Sri Lanka at Taunton, May 26, 1999</b><br><br>Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly (183) rewrote history books as they put on 318-run partnership, annihilating the Sri Lankan bowlers. Dravid, usually slow to start, was surprisingly off the blocks in an aggressive fashion despite India losing a wicket in the first over itself. He reached his half-century and ton in just 43 and 102 balls respectively. (Text: Mid-Day.com)
<b>Virender Sehwag 219 vs WI at Indore, Dec 8, 2011</b><br><br>The Delhi dasher ensured Tendulkar's 200 not out wasn't a once-in-a-lifetime innings as expected by many experts. Sehwag, who came into the fourth ODI of the series against West Indies with scores of 22, 26 and 0 in the three previous games, needed 140 deliveries to reach the landmark. Coincidentally, Sehwag's idol Tendulkar reached the unimaginable mark in the same state; Madhya Pradesh. (Text: Mid-Day.com)
<b>Sachin Tendulkar 200* vs SA at Gwalior, Feb 24, 2010</b><br><br>The legend created history after becoming the first batsman to slam a double century in one-day internationals as India thrashed South Africa by 153 runs in Gwalior. He hit 25 fours and three sixes in an unbeaten 200 off 147 balls to help India pocket the series. (Text: Mid-Day.com)
<b>MS Dhoni 183* vs Sri Lanka at Jaipur, Oct 31, 2005</b><br><br>Mahendra Singh Dhoni made a mockery of Sri Lanka's 299-run target, as the Jharkhand lad plundered a record 10 sixes in his unbeaten 183 to register the highest score by a wicketkeeper. Fittingly, the winning hit, from the first ball of the 47th over, was also a Dhoni six - launched over mid-wicket off Tillakaratne Dilshan. (Text: Mid-Day.com)
<b>Kapil Dev 175* vs Zimbabwe at Tunbridge Wells, Jun 18, 1983</b><br><br>The Indian skipper's century had a major impact in winning the first World Cup for the country. Having been reduced to 17 for five, Kapil batted with the tailenders to bail India out. Together with Syed Kirmani (22 runs), Kapil put on an unbeaten 126 runs for the ninth wicket -- a world record that stood unbroken for 27 years. Unfortunately, the match was not covered by any channel due to a BBC strike. (Text: Mid-Day.com)
<b>Sachin Tendulkar 134 vs Australia at Sharjah, Apr 24, 1998</b><br><br>The batting maestro was in a different league altogether as he single-handedly helped India win the Coca-Cola Cup final at the Sharjah Stadium. By the time he was out in the 45th over, he left India only 25 more to get. Shane Warne was so devastated that he confessed Tendulkar hits him for sixes in his nightmares. (Text: Mid-Day.com)
<b>Sachin Tendulkar 143 vs Australia at Sharjah, Apr 22, 1998</b><br><br>Just when making it to the final looked difficult, Tendulkar not only took them beyond the target, but for a brief while even flirts with a win. He decimated the Australian attack all over the park to make their way into the final on net run-rate in spite of losing the match. Some also dubbed Tendulkar greater than Sir Don Bradman after that knock. (Text: Mid-Day.com)
<b>Sourav Ganguly 141 vs South Africa at Nairobi, Oct 13, 2000</b><br><br>Ganguly tactically countered the Proteas before unleashing his powerful lofted shots to help India reach 295-6 in the semi-final of the ICC knockout tournament. It was also the highest individual score in an ODI between the two countries. Dada's knock also features in Wisden's Top 100 innings of all time in its 2002 edition. (Text: Mid-Day.com)
<b>Sourav Ganguly 124 vs Pakistan at Dhaka, Jan 18, 1998</b><br><br>Sachin Tendulkar got India off to a flyer before Ganguly and Robin Singh (82) took over. With 10 runs to win in the last over, Hrishikesh Kanitkar became an overnight star, sweeping Saqlain Mushtaq to the fence to seal the three-wicket win with a ball to spare to lift the Independence Cup. (Text: Mid-Day.com)