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Top 10 ODI innings played by Indian batsman

Top 20 Innings of all time for India - upto and including Match No 1805 played on 8 Feb 2002
No Player Runs Points Venue
1 Kapil Dev N 175* 241*.87 India Vs Zimbabwe,1983, Nevill Ground, Tunbridge Wells
2 Ganguly S.C 141* 196.71 India Vs South Africa 2000, Nairobi Gymkhana Club Ground
3 Tendulkar S.R 186* 195.38 India Vs New Zealand, 1999 Lal Bahabur Shastri Stadium, Hyderabad
4 Ganguly S.C 141 194.35 India Vs Pakistan, 2000, Adelaide Oval
5 Ganguly S.C 183 194.07 India Vs Sri Lanka, 1999, County Ground, Taunton
6 Tendulkar S.R 124* 190.14 India Vs Zimbabwe, 1998, Sharjah C.A Stadium
7 Tendulkar S.R 134 188.49 India Vs Australia, 1998, Sharjah C.A Stadium
8 Azharuddin M 108* 183.16 India Vs New Zealand, 1998, Moti Bagh Stadium, Baroda
9 Dravid R 153 180.38 India Vs New Zealand, 1998, Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium, Hyderabad
10 Dravid R 145 178.56 India Vs Sri Lanka, 1999, County Ground, Taunton

1.Kapil Dev's 175 not out against Zimbabwe in World Cup 1983

For many cricket followers this is the best innings ever played on the cricket field. Unfortunately few spectators on a sleepy, but quaint Kent ground watched this. No recording of this is available . India played Zimbabwe in a nearly do-or-die match. Batting first, India had possibly their worst start ever in ODI matches. They were 9 for 4 when Kapil walked in. Soon they slumped to 17 for 5. Kapil played one of the greatest counter attacking innings ever. 3 invaluable partnerships, with Binny, Madan Lal and Kirmani take India to a match-winning 266 for 8. Kapil remained unbeaten on 175,made at better than run-a-ball. The only comparable Indian innings is Laxman's 281 at Kolkata. This Kapil masterpiece is the best Indian innings ever and the fourth best ODI innings ever played.

2.Ganguly's 141 against South Africa in the ICC 2000 Semi Final

This was an outstanding innings played by the Indian skipper. A very important match against a strong bowling attack makes this the second best ODI innings played by Indian batsmen. This was also a run-a-ball innings. He had three good partnerships with Tendulkar, Dravid and Yuvraj Singh. The other significant feature of this innings was that Ganguly remained unbeaten at the end of the innings. This innings is placed in the 21st position in the all time ODI list.

3.Tendulkar's 186 against New Zealand in 1999

This is Tendulkar's tour-de-force against an above average New Zealand attack. Even though this was only a bi-lateral series, the innings has been placed at No.3 because of the size of the innings and the speed of scoring. Tendulkar scored his 186 runs in 151 balls. After losing Ganguly early, Tendulkar participated in a record 331 run stand with Dravid for the second wicket. This innings is placed in the 23rd position in the all time ODI list.

4. Ganguly's 141 against Pakistan in the 1999-00 Carlton & United Series

Another innings of 141 by Ganguly, against a very high quality Pakistani attack consisting of Wasim Akram, Shoaib Akhthar, Razzaq, Saqlain and Azhar Mahmud has been placed at No.4. This innings was almost run-a-ball, requiring only 144 balls. Ganguly had good partnerships with Tendulkar and Dravid. This innings is place in the 24th position in the all time ODI list.

5.Ganguly's 183 against Sri Lanka in the World Cup 1999

This was a huge innings, at a very good rate (Ganguly having taken only 158 balls). Sri Lankan bowling attack was a good one, led by Muralitharan, Vaas and Jayasuriya. Ganguly opened with Ramesh who came to replace Tendulkar (not the right word!!!), lost him early and then added 318 for the second wicket with Dravid. This innings is placed in the 25th position in the all time ODI list.

The ramaining 5 places are summarized below.

6. Tendulkar S R 124* vs. Zimbabwe, 1998

7. Tendulkar S R 134 vs Australia, 1998

8. Azharuddin M 108* vs New Zealand, 1988

9. Dravid R 153 vs New Zealand, 1999

10. Dravid R 145 vs Sri Lanka, 1999

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