Most ODI runs at each batting position
Some legendary bowlers in the list apart from the batting maestros.
Updated - Mar 28, 2021 3:27 pm
There’s absolutely no doubt that the ODI format is a kind of a fitting arrangement that not only binds the fan base of the two other extreme formats of the game but also has long been the cash cow for the game’s commercial aspect. Over the years to make the format much more peppy and interesting there have been significant changes done into the rulebook of power plays whose ultimate agenda has always been to make the format much more batsman-friendly.
Speaking about the ODIs and the batsmanship, it was often believed that the best-limited overs batters must surely bat at the top. But with the constant evolution of the format, someone like MS Dhoni with his prosperous ODI career has proved to the world that the middle or lower middle order batting equally is now as significant as scoring a pyramid of runs like a top-order player.
Even the scoring templates in the ODIs have received some constant disruptions. Prior to the 1996 World Cup, the initial overs of the format were always played and approached with the lens of Test match batting. But with the pairing of Sanath Jayasuriya and Romesh Kaluwitharana as pinch hitters at the top did massively help Sri Lanka to fetch its biggest glory. Brendon McCullum’s New Zealand in 2015 and then in today’s times the new England have both been the other pioneers who have constantly further explored and embraced the scoring templates of this format.
Here’s a list that shows most ODI runs being scored at each batting position:
1. Openers (1-2) : Sachin Tendulkar
Being the legend of the game who has played more than 450 matches and has scored more than 18,000 runs, it was first in 1994 when Sachin Tendulkar was seen opening the batting for India in the ODIs. Along with his Test debut, Sachin had made his ODI debut against Pakistan in 1989 but merely played as a handy middle-order batsman for few years.
However, it was during the 1994 tour of New Zealand that the little master was seen getting an upgrade just because the established opener Navjot Singh Sidhu had to opt-out from opening because of his stiff neck. Opening in ODIs came naturally to Sachin as his gameplay at that time was highly attacking and therefore in his debut match as an opener, the little master played a sublime knock of 82 from 49 balls eventually making India win that game.
Tendulkar, since his inaugural opening inning, has then been a seamless run machine in ODI cricket and has amassed a total of 15,310 runs at an average of 48.30 at the top. The cricketer because of his attacking gameplay was arguably the best batsman along with Brain Lara in the decades of the 1990s. Also at the latter end of his career as an opener, Sachin became the first batsman in history to score an unbeaten double hundred in the format.
His world-renowned paring with Sourav Ganguly and Virender Sehwag is very highly ranked in the list of all-time top opening pairs in ODI cricket. Overall, with a realm of some 18,426 runs scored by him in ODIs, Sachin’s legacy in this format will surely last as long as the game exists.