Top 10: India’s Highest Run Chase in ODI

Over the years, the Indian cricket team has broken numerous records and established itself as one of the sport’s powerhouses. Mohammed Azharuddin led Team India to start winning bilateral series abroad, and Sourav Ganguly carried on the tradition.

However, MS Dhoni’s reign revolutionised Indian cricket. He was the first and only skipper to win all of Team India’s ICC trophies, including the 50-over Cricket World Cup, which India finally won after 28 years in 2011.

Dhoni’s reign ended in 2016, and Virat Kohli took over as captain, something he was well aware of given that he had already been captaining the Indian Test side following Dhoni’s unexpected departure from Test cricket in 2014.

Winning series abroad became a thing for Indian cricket under Virat, and despite failing to win an ICC trophy, Virat’s squad got brave on the international scene. India has always been a batting powerhouse, and when it comes to chasing, no one does it better than Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni.

We’ve compiled a list of Team India’s top 10 highest ODI run chases. Look at this:

India’s Highest Run Chase in ODI

362/143.3AustraliaJaipur16 Oct 2013
356/748.1EnglandPune15 Jan 2017
351/449.3AustraliaNagpur30 Oct 2013
331/449.4AustraliaSydney23 Jan 2016
330/447.5PakistanMirpur18 Mar 2012
326/242.1West IndiesGuwahati21 Oct 2018
326/849.3EnglandLord’s13 Jul 2002
325/547.4West IndiesAhmedabad15 Nov 2002
321/336.4Sri LankaHobart28 Feb 2012
321/548.5New ZealandBengaluru7 Dec 2010

Key Insights

362: India’s highest ODI run chase dates back to October 16, 2013, when the Men in Blue struck 362/1 in response to Australia’s 359/5. The Indian cricket team, then headed by MS Dhoni, produced one of the finest batting displays during the second ODI of Australia’s visit to India. 

After winning the toss and deciding to bat, Australia scored 359/5 thanks to half-centuries from Aaron Finch, Phillip Hughes, Shane Watson, George Bailey, and Glenn Maxwell. India responded admirably, reaching the mark with nine wickets and 39 balls to spare. 

2: The most important catalyst was a confident Rohit Sharma, who scored an undefeated 123-ball 141. Rohit shared two 170+ partnerships in this match.

The current captain shared a 176-run opening wicket stand with Shikhar Dhawan, who was caught out five runs short of his century. Then the arrival of Virat Kohli only made matters worse for the Australians.

The top-order batsman teamed up with Rohit to knock 100 runs off only 52 balls. Virat accelerated his innings at a staggering strike rate of 192.30, which included eight fours and seven sixes. Rohit and Kohli’s 186-run partnership in just 104 deliveries cannot be overlooked.

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356: India’s second-highest ODI run chase came four years after Rohit and Kohli’s epic combination. Middle-order batter Kedar Jadhav scored his finest ODI innings during England’s 2017 tour of India, striking 120 runs off 76 deliveries to help India chase England’s 350/7.

What’s more special is that this innings came at Jadhav’s home ground in Pune. After 48 overs, the scores were locked at 350 until Ravichandran Ashwin smashed a six off Moeen Ali’s over to take India home.

200: Virat Kohli, then captain of India, and Kedar Jadhav put up India’s second-highest 5th wicket partnership. Both batters stitched together a match-winning partnership of 200 runs.

Also Read | Stats: Most 200 Partnerships in ODI

3: India has successfully chased 350-plus runs three times in total. India chased 351/6 with three balls remaining during the 2013 series against Australia.

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