Historically when the ODI World Cup started, One day cricket was very slow. Most batters were comfortable scoring runs at a slow pace. There were many factors at play, the most important being a lack of competition. Australia, England, and West Indies dominated the games as they have strong batting and bowling line up and years of experience. Only, They tried to hit runs at a fast pace, and some even hit centuries.
But, Batters began to score runs quickly in the early years of the 21st century. They evolved their technique and started playing some unorthodox shots that helped them to score quick runs with the introduction of T20 cricket. Now most of the players could easily score a century, and some succeeded in scoring a double century.
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A few years back, two quick batters also scored double centuries in ODI World Cup history. You will be curious to know who has scored a double-century in ODI World Cup.
Chris Gayle, the West Indian King, and Kiwi hard hitter Martin Guptill are the only batters who have scored double centuries in ODI World Cup—Gayle and Guptill achieved this milestone in ODI World Cup 2015.
Why were they successful in scoring double century in ODI cricket? The reason is simple. They batted aggressively by following modern cricket rules. They hit sixes and fours to please their fans and ended up with a double-century as a result.
In this article, we will have a look at the double century maker in WC history.
Chris Gayle | 215
In 2015 ODI World Cup, Chris Gayle became the first batter to hit a double century in an ODI World Cup. It was 6th Double century in ODI history and first ever in ODI World Cup.
He scored 215 runs on 147 balls with an outstanding strike rate of 146 versus Zimbabwe at Canberra. His innings lasted for 212 minutes which is one of the longest innings in ODI World Cup history.
Martin Guptill | 237
Martin Guptill scored the second double hundred of ODI World Cup history in 2015 WC. He scored 237 runs on 163 balls with 16 sixes and 10 fours.
Due to his innings, New Zealand scored the highest runs in WC history of 393 runs. In reply, West Indies lost the match by 143 runs. Martin Guptill was announced a player of the game for his excellent batting performance for his team.
Any Indian batter did not succeed in scoring a double-century in the ODI world cup. The highest Individual score for India in ODI WC is 185 by Sourav Ganguly.