Desmond Haynes, on his debut ODI game in 1978, scoring a brilliant match-saving 148 against Australia, is still the highest individual ODI score made by a debutant cricket in the format.
It is incredibly challenging for a youngster to effect an innings of that calibre on a debut game, which is why the record still stands atop after 45 years.
This article will list the top ten highest scores of debutant cricketers in One-Day Internationals.
Highest ODI Scores on Debut
|PLAYER||SCORE ON DEBUT||INNINGS||VS||VENUE||YEAR|
|Desmond Haynes (WI)||148||1||Australia||St John’s||1978|
|Rahmanullah Gurbaz (AFG)||127||1||Ireland||Abu Dhabi||2021|
|Colin Ingram (SA)||124||1||Zimbabwe||Bloemfontein||2010|
|Mark Chapman (HK)||124*||1||U.A.E.||ICCA Dubai||2015|
|Martin Guptill (NZ)||122*||1||West Indies||Auckland||2009|
|Andy Flower (ZIM)||115*||1||Sri Lanka||New Plymouth||1992|
|Temba Bavuma (SA)||113||1||Ireland||Benoni||2016|
|Phillip Hughes (AUS)||112||1||Sri Lanka||Melbourne||2013|
|Abid Ali (PAK)||112||2||Australia||Dubai (DSC)||2019|
|Rob Nicol (NZ)||108*||2||Zimbabwe||Harare||2011|
Andy Flower’s 115* is the highest individual ODI score on debut in a losing cause as Zimbabwe lost the game against Sri Lanka by 3 wickets.
Abid Ali’s 112, scored in Pakistan’s chase to Australia’s total of 277 in Dubai in 2019, is the highest debutant score while batting second in ODIs. Pakistan lost that game by just 6 runs.
And hence, Rob Nicol’s unbeaten 108 holds the record for the highest debutant score in a successful run chase in ODIs.
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