ODI Cricket: India is one of the strongest cricket playing nations in the world. The country has produced some of the greatest players who have played the game of cricket.
Undoubtedly, Indian batsmen are amongst the best batsmen in the world. India has won the World Cup twice and Champions Trophy once. They have managed to make a name for themselves in the cricketing world.
ODI cricket is the ideal format used for playing World Cup and Champions Trophy. There are many Indian batsmen who have dominated the format and have proved to be nightmare for bowlers.
Today we will look at the 5 most destructive batsmen from India who have nailed the ODI format and are known for explosive hitting.
ODI Cricket: 5 Destructive Indian Batsmen in ODI Format of Cricket
5. Yuvraj Singh
Yuvraj Singh is one of the most destructive batters to play the game of cricket. He was named as the Man of the Tournament in the 2011 Cricket World Cup and played a very important role in guiding India to victory in that tournament. His ODI debut came on 3 October 2000 against Kenya. He has played a total of 304 ODI matches and has scored 8701 runs with having a high score of 150 runs.
Apart from being an excellent batsman, he was also a good bowler and has taken 111 ODI Wickets with having best figures of 5/31. Furthermore, he has received Man of the Series award for 7 times in ODI cricket.
4. Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma is the current captain of the Indian team. Known by the name of Hitman, Sharma opens the innings for India and is known to attack the bowlers from start. His ability of smashing big sixes is unquestionable.
Rohit Sharma’s ODI debut came on 23 June 2007 against Ireland. Sharma has been one of the finest opening batters in the history of India. He has consistently scored runs for India. None can forget his three double centuries. Sharma has played a total of 231 ODI matches and has scored 9,357 runs. He has a high score of 264 runs and has scored 29 centuries throughout his career.
3. Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli is considered as one of the greatest batters to play the game across any format. He has been an important part of the Indian team since time immemorial. In fact, he was a key player in India’s victory in 2011 World Cup and 2013 Champions Trophy. Kohli made his ODI debut on 18 August 2008 against Sri Lanka. He has played 262 ODI matches for India and has scored 12,344 runs in these matches. Moreover, he has scored 43 ODI centuries and has a high score of 183 runs.
2. Sachin Tendulkar
Also known as Master Blaster, Sachin Tendulkar is one of the greatest cricketers to be born on this planet. He has scored 100 international centuries and was a nightmare for bowlers. Tendulkar made his ODI debut on 18 December 1989 against Pakistan. He has played 463 ODI matches and has scored 18,426 runs in his career. He has scored 49 centuries and has a high score of 200 runs.
1. Virender Sehwag
Without a doubt, Virender Sehwag has been amongst one of the most aggressive opening batters of India. He made his ODI debut on 1 April 1999 against Pakistan. He has played 251 ODI matches and has scored 8,273 runs in his ODI career. Sehwag has smashed 15 centuries and has a high score of 219 runs.