New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill slammed an unbeaten 189 off 155 balls in the second ODI against England at The Rose Bowl, Southampton. The Kiwi opener’s destructive knock featured 19 fours and two sixes, and he ended with a strike rate of 121. Thanks to Guptill’s scintillating innings, New Zealand not only won the match handsomely, but also clinched the series handsomely, which means they will go into the Champions Trophy, also to be held in England, on a high. At the same time, Guptill also entered the uniqueleague of batsmen who feature in the list of Top Ten highest scores by batsmen in one-dayers. Guptill makes an entry at number six. A look at the elite band Guptill has joined.
10. Shane Watson:The Aussie opener blasted 185 not out off 96 balls against Bangladesh at Mirpur in April 2011. Chasing a small target of 230, Watson slammed the Bangladesh bowlers all around the ground in an innings that featured a record-breaking 15 sixes and as many fours.
9. Sachin Tendulkar: Way backin November 1999, the little master, as skipper, smashed an unbeaten 186 off 150 balls as India, batting first, piled up 376 for 2 against New Zealand at Hyderabad. Tendulkar’s knock featured 20 fours and three sixes as India eased to victory by 174 runs.
8. Gary Kirsten: During a group match in the 1996 World Cup against minnows UAE at Rawalpindi, the South African opener batted right through the innings to remain unbeaten on 188. Kirsten hit 13 fours and four sixes in his 159 ball knock as, batting first, the Proteas made 321 for 2. Victory was a mere formality. For the record, South Africa won by 169 runs.
7. Sanath Jayasuriya: Against India in the Sharjah Cup final of 2000, the Lankan left-hander thrashed India on his way to 189 from 161 balls. Jayasuriya smashed as many as 21 fours and four sixes in the knock as Lanka set India a tough target of 300. India managed only 54.
5. Sir Vivian Richards: Way backin May 1984at Manchester, Richards shredded the English attack to all parts of the ground en route to his magnificent 189 not out. Coming off 170 balls with 21 fours and five sixes, Richards single-handedly took West Indies to 272 for 9, batting first. England lost the game by 104 runs.
4. Saeed Anwar: In May 1997, the elegant left-hander took India to the cleaners at Chepauk. Pakistan batted first and Anwar graced his way to 194 from 146 balls with the aid of 22 fours and five sixes. Pakistan made 327 for 5 and won by 35 runs.
3. Charles Coventry: Obviously the mostunheralded of all knocks since it was scored by a minnow batsman against a minnow team. Coventry made an unbeaten 194 off 156 balls inclusive of 16 fours and seven sixes at Bulawayo. Bangladesh however replied brilliantly, and won by four wickets.
2. Sachin Tendulkar: Against South Africa in February 2010 in Gwalior, Tendulkar became the first batsman to reach 200. He remained unbeaten on 200 having faced 147 balls and hit 25 fours and three sixes. India made 401 for 3 and won by 153 runs.
1. Virender Sehwag: Less than two years after Tendulkar created a record, Sehwag broke it, against West Indies at Indore. Sehwag smashed 219 off 149 balls with 25 fours and seven sixes as India raked up 418 for 5 batting first. India triumphed by 153 runs.
--By A Cricket Analyst