Well, before the advent of the Twenty20 format, the day-long happened to be the most cherished format. Owing to the flurry of boundaries, the batters have dictated the terms in the white-ball cricket. Also, the Windies burly Chris Gayle is listed on the list of batsmen with most fours in ODI cricket.
The one-day International format has always brought some desired results apart from the Test circuit. Over the years, the 50-over format has witnessed youngsters producing rollicking performances for their respective teams.
Let’s have a look at the top-ten list of batsmen with most fours in ODI cricket:
- Sachin Tendulkar- 2016 Fours:
Apart from rotating the strike, legendary Indian National Cricket Team batsman Sachin Tendulkar had played delightful strokes at the top. He is topping the charts of players with most fours in ODI circuit.
The right-handed batsman Tendulkar represented India in 463 ODIs. In 452 innings, Tendulkar registered 2016 fours to his name to lead the chart of batsmen with most fours in ODI cricket.
Moreover, Tendulkar struck 195 sixes during his entire 50-over career. He scored 18426 ODI runs at an average of 44.53.
While donning the national colours, Tendulkar’s ODI career spanned over 23 years.
- Sanath Jayasuriya- 1500 Fours:
An explosive opener of his time, Sanath Jayasuriya was more known for playing big shots at the top. The Sri Lankan southpaw scored runs at a brisk pace which eventually added advantage to the team.
In 445 ODIs, Jayasuriya amassed 13430 runs at an average of 32.36. Among the batsmen with most fours in ODI cricket, Jayasuriya is ahead of his former teammate Kumar Sangakkara.
However, he registered 1500 fours in 433 ODI innings.
Between 1989 and 2011, Jayasuriya smashed 28 hundreds and 68 fifties.
- Kumar Sangakkara- 1385 Fours:
Wicketkeeper-batsman Kumar Sangakkara walked out as the finest One-day player. He represented Sri Lanka between 2000 and 2015 to deliver big in the top-flight cricket.
The stylish southpaw played 404 ODIs for the Island Nation. Known for his resistance to fighting against all overwhelming odds, Sangakkara has had many points to prove. He amassed 14234 runs at an average of 41.98 in 380 ODI innings.
In addition to, Sangakkara struck 1385 fours and 88 sixes during his ODI stint. He further registered 25 hundreds and 93 half-centuries to his name. Sangakkara is third on the list of batsmen with most fours in ODI cricket
- Ricky Ponting- 1231 Fours:
While donning the national colours, Ponting played 375 ODIs. Moreover, he scored 13704 runs at an average of 42.03.
Furthermore, Ponting has 1231 fours to his name in 365 ODI innings. Ponting bagged the fourth spot among the batsmen with most fours in ODI cricket settled with 30 tons and 82 fifties before bowing out in the 50-over format in 2012.
- Adam Gilchrist- 1162 Fours:
Swashbuckling left-handed batsman Adam Gilchrist delivered goods with the bat for Australia. While representing his team in 287 ODIs, Gilchrist amassed 9619 runs at an average of 35.89.
Having his trademark pull shot, Gilchrist further succeeded in striking 1162 fours and 149 sixes during his ODI leg. He is only Australian to break into the top ten list of batsmen with most fours in ODI cricket.
Gilchrist, who made the mockery of bowlers, further registered 16 hundreds and 55 fifties.
The veteran cricketer Gilchrist has inspired many with his power hitting.
- Virender Sehwag- 1132 Fours:
Virender Sehwag is the household name among cricketing circles. Many a time he started off his innings on a blazing note. Imperative in his approach, Sehwag made things easier for his partner in the white-ball cricket.
The Delhi-based cricket Sehwag, who’s also known as Nawab of Najafgarh represented India for over 14 years in the fifty-over format. He featured in 251 ODI to amass 7929 runs at an average of 35.05.
Above all, Sehwag smashed 1132 fours and 136 maximums before he hung his boots in 2013.
- Sourav Ganguly- 1122 Fours:
India’s former skipper Sourav Ganguly was also known for changing gears. The southpaw led his team from the front. Eventually, he took his team out of any precarious situation with the bat in hand.
The prominent figure in the world cricket represented India in 311 ODIs. At the average of 41.02, Ganguly scored 11363 runs.
To further talk about the numbers, Ganguly registered 1122 fours and 190 sixes under his belt in 300 ODI innings.
- Mahela Jayawardene- 1119 Fours:
Mahela Jayawardene, who led Sri Lanka National Cricket Team had done wonders with the bat as well. Jayawardene might not be considered among the batters who had a likening to play big shots but the way he pierced gaps, has in itself been a story to narrate.
The star right-handed batsman Jayawardene went on to play 448 ODIs for the Island Nation. He scored 12650 at an average of 33.37.
In 418 innings, Jayawardene garnered 1119 fours and 76 sixes.
- Tillakaratne Dilshan- 1111 Fours:
Tillakaratne Dilshan was the man to watch out for in the limited-overs cricket. Often than not, Dilshan entertained the spectators while going downtown. Quintessential in his approach, Dilshan had played a significant role for Sri Lanka during his heydays.
Moreover, Dilshan played 330 ODIs in between 1999 and 2016 to score 10290 runs at an average of 39.27. He further amassed 22 hundred and 47 half-centuries.
In 303 ODI innings, Dilshan further smashed 1111 fours and 55 sixes.
- Chris Gayle- 1073 Fours:
The brute force with the bat Chris Gayle has left an impact over the years. The Windies stalwart had further appeared in distinct domestic professional leagues to set the platform on fire.
While representing the Caribbean team, Gayle played 284 ODIs which saw him scoring 9727 runs at an average of 37.12.
Moreover, in 279 ODI innings, Gayle has 1073 fours and 275 sixes to his name.
Apart from the quickfire innings, Gayle attributed his ODI career with 23 hundreds and 49 fifties.
Here’s the table of batsmen with most fours in ODI cricket.
|Serial No.||Player Name||ODIs||Innings||Fours|
|1||SR Tendulkar (INDIA)||463||452||2016|
|2||ST Jayasuriya (Asia/SL)||445||433||1500|
|3||KC Sangakkara (Asia/ICC/SL)||404||380||1385|
|4||RT Ponting (AUS/ICC)||375||365||1231|
|5||AC Gilchrist (AUS/ICC)||287||279||1162|
|6||V Sehwag (Asia/ICC/INDIA)||251||245||1132|
|7||SC Ganguly (Asia/INDIA)||311||300||1122|
|8||DPMD Jayawardene (Asia/SL)||448||418||1119|
|9||TM Dilshan (SL)||330||303||1111|
|10||CH Gayle (ICC/WI)||284||279||1073|
|11||BC Lara (ICC/WI)||299||289||1035+|
|13||V Kohli (INDIA)||216||208||962|
|14||R Dravid (Asia/ICC/INDIA)||344||318||950|
|15||Saeed Anwar (PAK)||247||244||938|
|16||HH Gibbs (SA)||248||240||930|
|17||JH Kallis (Afr/ICC/SA)||328||314||911|
|18||Yuvraj Singh (Asia/INDIA)||304||278||908|
|19||AB de Villiers (Afr/SA)||228||218||840|
|20||SP Fleming (ICC/NZ)||280||269||823|
|21||WU Tharanga (Asia/SL)||232||220||795|
|22||GC Smith (Afr/SA)||197||194||788|
|23||HM Amla (SA)||169||166||785|
|24||Mohammad Yousuf (Asia/PAK)||288||273||785|
|25||MS Dhoni (Asia/INDIA)||332||281||784|
|26||DL Haynes (WI)||238||237||768+|
|27||MS Atapattu (SL)||268||259||734|
|28||Shahid Afridi (Asia/ICC/PAK)||398||369||730|
|29||S Chanderpaul (WI)||268||251||722|
|30||NJ Astle (NZ)||223||217||720|
|31||PA de Silva (SL)||308||296||712+|
|32||Tamim Iqbal (BDESH)||186||184||704|
|33||MJ Clarke (AUS)||245||223||665|
|34||G Kirsten (SA)||185||185||659|
|35||RG Sharma (INDIA)||193||187||655|
|36||ME Waugh (AUS)||244||236||651|
|37||ML Hayden (AUS/ICC)||161||155||636|
|38||Mohammad Hafeez (PAK)||203||202||624|
|39||M Azharuddin (INDIA)||334||308||622+|
|40||S Dhawan (INDIA)||115||114||614|
|41||LRPL Taylor (NZ)||207||192||614|
|42||MJ Guptill (NZ)||159||156||613|
|43||IVA Richards (WI)||187||167||600+|
|44||Shoaib Malik (PAK)||274||246||588|
|45||Younis Khan (PAK)||265||255||578|
|46||H Masakadza (ZIM)||204||203||577|
|47||BB McCullum (NZ)||260||228||577|
|48||SR Watson (AUS)||190||169||570|
|49||G Gambhir (INDIA)||147||143||561|
|50||GW Flower (ZIM)||221||214||557+|
|51||EJG Morgan (ENG/IRE)||212||199||555|
|52||RB Richardson (WI)||224||217||541+|
|53||BRM Taylor (ZIM)||188||187||537|
|54||A Flower (ZIM)||213||208||532+|
|55||Ijaz Ahmed (PAK)||250||232||531+|
|56||SR Waugh (AUS)||325||288||530|
|57||ME Trescothick (ENG)||123||122||528|
|58||MN Samuels (WI)||207||196||526|
|59||IR Bell (ENG)||161||157||525|
|60||A Ranatunga (SL)||269||255||523+|
|61||Saleem Malik (PAK)||283||256||514+|
|62||Shakib Al Hasan (BDESH)||195||183||504|
|63||AR Border (AUS)||273||252||500|
*The stats (batsmen with most fours in ODI cricket) were updated on December 24, 2018.