Isn’t it a pity that in today’s T20-rich world of cricket, fours aren’t given as much credit as the supposed “big hits”?
Any sensible batsman would know the importance of hitting fours. Not only are they safer to hit than sixes, but they also keep the scoreboard ticking at a very health rate.
Today, we will look at 5 batsmen who hit the most number of fours in a single ODI innings.
5. Martin Guptill – 24 fours
He is ballistic when he gets going, Martin Guptill. When New Zealand was the hot favourite heading into the World Cup quarter-final vs West Indies, Guptill put his team into the driving seat after destroying the Caribbean bowlers.
The opening batsman smashed 237 runs in just 163 balls in an innings which included 11 sixes and 24 fours. His unbeaten knock helped the Kiwis post a massive total of 393 on the board. West Indies tried to chase the total but their efforts were too little too late in the end.
4. Sanath Jayasuriya – 24 fours
One has to wonder how he could possible miss out from this team. Dont wonder, he’s our no. 4 today. The legendary Sanath Jayasuriya smashed 157 in just 104 balls against Netherlands which helped Sri Lanka beat World Record of the highest score in ODIs by scoring 443. The left-hander was in exquisite touch, hitting a whopping 24 fours and 1 msix in his innings.
3. Virender Sehwag – 25 fours
Regarded as one of India’s greatest ever openers, Virender Sehwag stunning innings in the 4th ODI of a 2011 series against West Indies is still remembered by many. The aggressive opener won the toss and elected to bat first and then went on to break the world record of most runs in an ODI inning by scoring 219 runs which featured 25 fours and 7 huge sixes.
2. Sachin Tendulkar – 25 fours
He’s in every list, isn’t he. The Little Master set and broke nearly every record imaginable in cricket’s illustrious history and here’s another one of his memorable achievements.
The legendary Master Blaster smashed his maiden double century against South Africa (200 off 147 balls), featuring 25 fours and 3 sixes.
1. Rohit Sharma – 33 fours
Sometimes it seems as if Rohit Sharma is on another planet. When in top-notch form, the stylish Indian batsman is literally unbeatable.
Famously known as the “Hitman” Rohit smashed the highest ever ODI score (264) against Sri Lanka in 2014. The Lankan bowlers tried just about everything in their Arsenal that day, but that didn’t stop Rohit from hitting a staggering 33 fours in his innings.