The Best of One Day International Cricket

Sebastian Holder By Sebastian Holder, 2nd Mar 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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he one day Cricket is around since 1971 as the most watched format of Cricket. Here we will look at the best players ever who played one day internationals, and and the best team ever, containing the best XI to play the format.


The journey of one day cricket started when the first ever one day international match was played between the biggest cricket rivals Australia and England at Melbourne cricket ground on the 5th of january, 1971. The host were victorious, and since then the format has enjoyed great success, and produced a huge number of great players who featured in this format.

The number of games played increased with time and so was the number of great players who played the game. Initially Dennis Lillee, Imran Khan, Zaheer Abbas, Sunil Gavaskar and others were the names who made an instant impact in this format, and then later players like Javed Miandad, Vivian Richards, Kapil Dev Greg Chappell cashed in to make this format a must watched version of the game.

In 1975, The inaugural World cup was played, the biggest tournament in cricket up to date; The West Indies team emerged victorious beating Australia in the final. Joel Garner became the first know terror in ODI cricket, his line and length was spot on, and he rarely gave anything away. Zaheer Abbas and Vivian Richards established themselves as the most destructive batsmen, while Imran Khan, Michael Holding, and Dennis Lillee became the terror in the fast bowling department

1980’s marked the rise of some of the greatest players in Gordon Greenidge, Malcolm Marshall, Kapil Dev, Richard Hadlee, Steve Waugh, Courtney Walsh, Curtly Ambrose and Wasim Akram

1990’s was a start of an era as so many great names in Cricket emerged in the form of Waqar Younis, who made the most dangerous bowling pair with Wasim Akram; Legendary batsmen Brian Lara and Sachin Tendulkar, Inzamam, Saeed Anwar, the brilliant Jacques Kallis, the spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan, the leg spin great Shane Warne, One day wonder Michael Bevan, and the best spinner in limited over cricket, Saqlain Mushtaq

In the 21st century, the game went through some changes in rules and regulations and the emergence of the the shortest format of the game T20 cricket. Players like Chris Gayle, Kevin Pietersen, Virat Kohli, Saeed Ajmal, Adam Gilchrist, Sanath Jayasuriya, Mahela Jayawardene, Mohendra Singh Dhoni made one day cricket the must watch game.

There have been so many greats, so picking the best ODI XI so far is certainly not easy. However I would pick the players who were consistent throughout and were genuine match winners, who could win the match alone for their respective teams. The best XI includes:

1 Adam Gilchrist

The most explosive and reliable one day wicket keeper opening batsman.He can destroy any bowling attack and can keep the momentum going.

2 Sachin Tendulkar

Absolutely brilliant, a world class opening batsman, and the greatest run machine in one day cricket.

3 Vivian Richards

The most dangerous ODI batsman ever. He could bat with a tail ender and can still add another 100 runs to the scorecard

4 Zaheer Abbas

The best ODI batsman for me, he put to sword many a great bowlers and can certainly win matches for you single-handedly

5 Brian Lara

Too good is the word best used to describe Brian Charles Lara, a great batsman and a certain match winner.

6 Michael Bevan

Labelled “The one day wonder” he could win you the match from the most uncertain situation and as long as he is on the crease, anything can happen

7 Imran Khan

Regarded as the best captain ever by many, he was a great all rounder, he could win you matches with both bat and ball.

8 Wasim Akram

Without any doubt the finest bowler in one day cricket. He had so much variety that he could bowl six different balls in an over

9 Waqar Younis

He modified the art of reverse swing and bowled as fast as anyone, ripped apart the stumps and bails. Waqar was the most devastating ODI bowler and the quickest to 400 ODI wickets

10 Saqlain Mushtaq

The best spinner in ODI cricket, even better than Muralitharan and Shane Warne. He bowled during the death overs of the game and still won many games for Pakistan. The fastest to reach 200 ODI wickets and the spinner with the best bowling strike rate

11 Bret Lee

The fast and furious, Lee had everything to terrorize the opposing batsmen. He was the quickest to 350 wickets and a genuine match winner


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I am an Accountant by profession. I love writing and can write on any topic. My areas of knowledge are sports, business and wildlife

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author avatar Markthespark
22nd Jan 2015 (#)

nice story ... this might interest you

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