In cricket, there are two categories of batsmen, one of which involves those who score runs on an inconsistent basis and manage to maintain their spot only after shining in the do-or-die situation. While the other category involves those who score runs for fun and there is no break in the rhythm or pattern in which they go about. Opposition or the conditions seldom matter to them, and it is their self-belief and impeccable batsmanship which helps them in staying afloat.
As a result of all these factors, these great ambassadors of the game have managed to pile on runs over the course of a series and their career as a whole. Even upcoming cricketers consider them as their idol and view their achievements as the benchmark they would like to scale at some point in their career. It is unlikely that they might completely emulate what these legends have done but even if they manage to get anywhere closer to what they have accomplished, it is no lesser than procuring worldly happiness. This article is a tribute to these greats of the game and talks about their milestones pertaining to a particular series. In the below piece, we look at 5 such batsmen who scored the most number of runs in an ODI series:
1. Greg Chappell
This extraordinary Australian batsman of the yesteryears attains the top spot in this coveted list of players. Chappell achieved the landmark during the Benson and Hedges World Series Cup in 1980/81.
The classical batsman accumulated 686 runs from 14 games at an average of 68.60 and a strike rate of 77.86. His highest score came against New Zealand during the 2nd game at Sydney.
Owing to Chappell’s 138, Australia posted 289-3 which proved way enough as the Kiwis were bundled out for 195 and handed their neighbours a victory by 94 runs.
2. Sachin Tendulkar
The Little Master ranks second on this list having scored heaps of runs at the reputed ICC World Cup, 2003 in South Africa. The legendary batsman smashed 673 runs from 11 games at an average of 61.18 and a strike rate of 89.25.
His best score came against Namibia during the 25th game of the mega event. Batting first, India posted a mammoth 311-2 on the board, predominantly owing to Tendulkar’s 152 which as expected was too hot to handle for their feeble opposition as they were dismissed for just 130. Yuvraj Singh was the star with the ball with figures of 4-6, playing a crucial role in the gigantic 181 runs victory.
3. Matthew Hayden
This aggressive opening batsman from Australia accomplished the landmark during the ICC World Cup of 2007 in the West Indies. The flamboyant southpaw struck 659 runs from 11 games at an average of 73.22 and an impressive strike rate of 101.07.
His stellar innings of 158 came against the host nation during the 25th game of the tournament. Owing to Hayden’s whirlwind knock, Australia managed a challenging 322-6 on the board.
In reply, the Windies were bowled out for 219, bestowing their opposition a win by 103 runs. This impeccable show from the then defending champs persisted as they went onto lift the trophy for the 3rd consecutive time, showcasing their power in world cricket.
4. Sir Vivian Richards
Sir Richards’s made his way into this auspicious list after stroking plenty of runs during the Benson and Hedges World Series Cup in 1984-85 in Australia. The great Windies batsman plundered 651 runs from 13 games at an average of 65.10 and a strike rate of 84.10.
His highest score was chronicled against Australia during the 6th game of the series. The hosts while batting first managed just 200-5 in their allotted 50 overs where Wessels top-scored with a steady 63 off 133 balls.
The target as expected proved too insignificant in front of the Windies batting might as they chased it down with ease by 5 wickets and 39 balls to spare on the back of a gritty 103 off 122 balls by Sir Richards.
5. Rohit Sharma
The present-day white-ball great, Sharma wrote his name in this elite list after blasting a truckload of runs during the ICC World Cup of 2019 in England. The stylish right-hander smashed 648 runs from 9 games at an average of 81 and a great strike rate of 98.33 to go with his record 5 centuries.
His best knock was mustered against arch-rivals Pakistan during the 22nd game of the tournament. India, who batted first, posted a hefty 336-5 on the board, owing to a belligerent innings of 140 off 113 balls by Sharma. In what turned out to be a rain-affected encounter, India won the game by 89 runs (D/L method) after restricting Pakistan to 212-6 in 40 overs.