Chasing a target in the 50-over format is an art that has been mastered by the new age batsmen. Modern cricketing legends like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Steve Smith and Ben Stokes are some of the best examples in showcasing the art of chasing. Following a target in the allotted overs and taking the team over the finishing line itself is an orthodox process that varies from player to player according to their mindset. Without delaying any further, let’s have a look at the top three highest individual scores by a batsman in ODI cricket while chasing:
- Fakhar Zaman (193 vs South Africa)
South African set up a mammoth target of 342 for Pakistan in their allotted 50 overs. Fakhar Zaman anchored the chase, the southpaw kept playing throughout the middle overs like a lone warrior and shifted gears at the back end of the innings. Zaman went on to score 193 off 155 balls with 18 fours and 10 maximums. The opener was just seven runs shy of his second ODI double century. Zaman’s tremendous effort went into vain as Pakistan fell short of 17 runs in the run chase.
- Shane Watson (185* vs Bangladesh)
Australia was chasing a below-par target of 230 against Bangladesh in the group stage fixture of World Cup 2011. Shane Watson took Banglesh’s bowling line up apart and gave a flyer start to Australia in the run chase. Watson smashed unbeaten 185 off 96 balls with 15 fours and sixes each. The Aussies chased the target with 144 balls to spare.
- Mahendra Singh Dhoni (183* vs Sri Lanka)
India was chasing a competitive total of 299 against Sri Lanka at Jaipur. After an early wicket, Mahendra Singh Dhoni walked into bat at number three. The early departure of Sachin Tendulkar didn’t bother the young wicket-keeper batsman as he started smashing the Sri Lanka bowlers. Dhoni registered his highest ODI score of 183 off 145 balls with 15 fours and 10 sixes. India won the match comprehensively by sixes with 23 balls to spare.