The scores in ODI cricket have changed over the years. In the year 1975, where the batsmen did not wear helmets and the bowlers had an aggressive attitude. During the first world cup, the England cricket team scored 334 for 4 against India which was scored in 60 overs. England team scored at the rate of 5.5 runs per over which was considered big during that time. The previous best in that tournament was 266. The score was too much for the Indian team.

In the 1980s, during the 1983 World Cup held in England, the Pakistan team scored 338 for 5 in 60 overs against Sri Lanka. The style of play changed a lot with Imran Khan having the ability to play aggressive cricket. Sri Lanka made 288 during the chase. In 1987 World Cup the ODI cricket format was played in 50 over format. West Indies scored 360 for 4 in 50 overs against Sri Lanka at Karachi with the likes of Vivan Richards.

From 1992 World Cup, the coloured clothing came into frame. England scored 363 for 7 in 50 overs against Pakistan at Trent Bridge. During that match, England scored a run rate of 7.26. The average score during that time was 200.

But with aggressive players , in the 1996 World Cup Sri Lanka scored 398 for 5 in 50 overs against Kenya. This shows that the mindsets of the batsmen were slowly changing.

In 2006, Australia scored 434 for 4 with Ricky Pointing, Adam Gilchrist scoring big runs. But South Africa chased down this target due to contributions from Gibbs, Smith.

In the same year, Sri Lanka scored the highest ODI total. They scored 443 for 9 in 50 overs. Sri Lanka scored at 8.86 runs per over.

But 10 years down the line, with big bats and short boundaries, the England Cricket team scored 444 for 3 against Pakistan. The pitches all over the world are helping the batsmen.

Since January 2011, because of rules and regulations was there in 2015. The batsmen are playing innovative strokes and mishits are going for sixes. South Africa has scored 400 twice, England, India, and Australia scoring 400 once. The teams with good batsmen are scoring at the run rate of more than 8 runs per over.

The T20 format has affected the batsmen in 50 over format. During the modern day cricket, Rohit Sharma has scored double centuries twice, Chris Gayle once, Martin Guptill once and Sachin Tendulkar once which shows the dominance of the batsmen.


Decade Highest ODI score Overs RR For Opponent Venue Date
1970”s 334/4 60 5.56 England India Lords 7.6.1975
1980’s 360/4 50 7.20 West Indies Sri Lanka Karachi 13.10.1987
1990’s 398/5 50 7.96 Sri Lanka Kenya Kandy 6.3.1996
2000’s 443/9 50 8.86 Sri Lanka Netherlands Amstelveen 4.7.2006
2010’s 444/3 50 8.88 England Pakistan Nottingham 30.8.2016




    I am pavan Suresh. I have done my schooling from LPS. I am big fan of sports especially cricket and want to become a sports journalist. I want to write cricket articles.

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