Cricketing trivia

If you’re a cricket fan, you can waste hours on the stats section of Cricinfo, finding out increasingly obscure, but interesting, information. Today, after looking to see where Shane Watson’s 161 came in the all-time list – 28th – I took a look at the progression of the highest individual score in one-day cricket. If you want to see how the one-day game has evolved over the years, it shows some interesting data.

Back in 1972, Dennis Amiss scored the first century in an ODI – 103 for England against Australia in the second-ever ODI. Nearly thirty-eight years and three thousand matches later, Sachin Tendulkar became the first batsman to score a double century in an ODI, when he managed the feat against South Africa. What’s interesting is that Amiss took 134 balls (more than an entire side gets in a Twenty20 game) to score his 103, while it took Tendulkar just 13 balls more to score his 200.

I’m not going to be foolish and declare that Tendulkar’s record will never be broken, but just what is the upper limit for an ODI innings? Are we going to reach an era where balls that don’t result in a boundary are the exception and the record starts edging towards 300, or are bowlers going to learn more tactics of control to keep it down around 200? Or will the ODI die out and be replaced entirely by Twenty20, in which an international double century is surely impossible?

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  1. Looking it up the highest 20/20 score is 158, off 72 or 73 deliveries, with 10 4s and 13 6s (which makes 118). If that was scaled up to 200, it would have taken 92 deliveries out of 120 (plus no balls). So I guess a double century is not outside of the realms of possibility, but in national 20/20 the highest scores apparently ar 117,116,1010,100,98,98,96,96,94,90,89 which does suggest it pracrtically isn’t going to happen (although it’s quite a new sport I suppose)

  2. Obviously that’s 101, not 1010. 1010 would be remarkable.

  3. And apparently Flintoff hit 234 in a school 20/20.