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Top 10: Highest Scores by Captains in ODI Cricket

Leading from the front is one of the essential parts of captaincy. A captain should lead from the front and show the path to his teammates. One Day Internationals (ODIs) have witnessed several great captains who have led from the front with the bat.

This article looks at the top 10 highest individual scores in ODIs while playing as captains. Virat Kohli, AB De Villiers, Ricky Ponting, and MS Dhoni are some legendary names who were one of the bests with the bat playing as the captain.

Highest Score by a Captain in ODI

PlayerHighest Score as CaptainAgainstVenueDate
Virender Sehwag (IND)219West IndiesIndore08 Dec 2011
Rohit Sharma (IND)208* Sri Lanka Mohali13 Dec 2017
Sanath Jayasuriya (SL)189IndiaSharjah29 Oct 2000
Sachin Tendulkar (IND)186* New ZealandHyderabad08 Nov 1999
Viv Richards (WI)181Sri LankaKarachi13 Oct 1987
Kapil Dev (IND)175* ZimbabweTunbridge Wells18 Jun 1983
Sean Williams (ZIM)174U.S.A.Harare26 Jun 2023
Glenn Turner (NZ)171* East AfricaBirmingham07 Jun 1975
Ricky Ponting (AUS)164South AfricaJohannesburg12 Mar 2006
Steven Smith (AUS)164New ZealandSydney04 Dec 2016

Stats Insights

Virender Sehwag has the prestigious record of scoring the highest individual score as ODI captain. He scored a double century against West Indies as ODI captain in 2011. Sehwag smashed 219 runs in 149 balls against the Caribbean bowling lineup at Indore. Sehwag was only the second batsman to score a double century in ODI cricket then. Check the list of ODI double centurions here.

Rohit Sharma has the record of smashing most double centuries in the history of ODI cricket. Rohit smashed 208 runs off 153 balls against Sri Lanka in 2017. Mohali was the witness to this firepower knock from the Indian captain. Rohit smashed 13 fours and 12 sixes in this knock.

Among the top 10 innings on this list, the knock of AB De Villiers has the highest strike rate. He scored 162 runs in 66 balls (one of the fastest in the format) against West Indies in an ODI World Cup match in 2015.

Interestingly, the top two names on the list were not the full-time ODI captains at that time. Rohit has a great chance to top the list as he has now become the Indian cricket team captain.

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Ricky Ponting has scored the most runs as ODI captain. Virat Kohli has the highest batting average as ODI captain in the history of International cricket.

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