ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli Claims Which Team Can Score First 500 Runs In An ODI Innings
Ahead of the pre-World Cup warm-up matches, Indian captain, Virat Kohli has opened up his belief about the 500+ total in an ODI innings.
In the almost 50-year-old ODI cricket history, the highest innings total is 481/6. On 18th June 2018, England scored 481/6 (50 overs) against Australia at Nottingham. Almost two years back of that innings, England also managed the previous highest ODI total. Breaking Sri Lanka’s 10-year-old record of 443/9 (50 overs), England scored 444/3 (50 overs) against Pakistan at Nottingham.
Meanwhile, the highest List A total is 496/4 (50 overs) by Surrey against Gloucestershire at The Oval on 29th April 2007.
In the official professional one-day cricket history, no team has reached the 500 total mark yet. However, the present ODI cricket standard allows for fulfilling this dream. Many experts believe that soon any team will score the 500 runs in an ODI innings. Many also believe that the 500+ target is chasable in the present standard of ODI cricket.
The 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup will begin on 30th May. England and Wales will host this tournament till 14th July. A total of ten teams will participate in this competition. Ahead of this tournament, all the World Cup participating teams will play two warm-up matches between 24 and 28 May.
Ahead of these warm-up games, Indian captain Virat Kohli revealed his feeling about the 500+ ODI total. He believes that the present no.1-ranked ODI team England can be the first team to reach that mark.
Kohli said, “I was just going to say it really depends on these guys (England). They seem to be obsessed with getting to 500 before anyone else.”
It is going to be a high scoring tournament – Virat Kohli’s prediction about the upcoming Cricket World Cup
The no.1-ranked Test and ODI batsman Virat Kohli believes that the forthcoming Cricket World Cup will be a high-scoring tournament. However, he also feels that the later stages may not see many high-scoring games.
He said, “It is going to be a high scoring tournament but back home too I said 260-270 will also be as tough to get in a World Cup as chasing 370-380. I don’t see many high scoring games in the latter stages of the tournament, initially some teams might get on a roll but later on, you will see 250 defended as well. That is the kind of pressure World Cup brings.”
Kohli feels that many teams will start more cautiously in the later stage of the tournament. So, there will be a lesser opportunity to see the high-scoring game.
He added, “The fact that you are going to be close to a knock out berth will get you under pressure in the latter stages and all teams recognize that. Then you will not see many teams going gung-ho from ball one. Generally, both teams would like to start in a balanced way and look to capitalize on the moments.”
India will begin their World Cup journey on 5th June when they will face South Africa at Southampton.
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