One of the biggest milestones in cricket on an individual level is reaching a hundred. Centuries, therefore, are tools to gauge one’s patience and ability.
India’s legendary cricketer, Sachin Tendulkar, leads the ODI chart with most number of centuries (49). Will the record stay? Or is it going to be eclipsed soon?
Here, we take a look at five active cricketers who have hit the most ODI tons, and predict how far they would go.
5. David Warner (Australia)
An epitome of aggression and charisma, David Warner hit the ground running ever since he came into the international scene when he faced tough South African bowlers in his very first match for Australia and scored a brilliant 89 off 43 balls in a T20I.
He is also the first Australian cricketer in 132 years to have been selected for the national side in any format without having prior first-class experience.
Any how, the innings was a sign of things to come as Warner showed the world a glimpse into his future and continued the good nick onto ODIs. The former Aussie vice-captain is also famous for hitting a century in his 100th ODI.
Warner has 17 ODI centuries and has 4990 runs from 116 matches, with an average of 45.77 and an exhilarating strike rate of 95.55. He should be able to score 10 more centuries and finish as an Aussie ODI legend.
PS: India’s Shikhar Dhawan has 17 ODI tons as well, but he has taken more matches to get there.
4. Ross Taylor (New Zealand)
The quintessential crisis-man from New Zealand, Ross Taylor, has had a very good ODI career for the Kiwis. He has been gracefully holding the Kiwi middle order with aplomb for over a decade now.
Taylor is a perfect example of grit and determination, and has an innate ability to shift gears from defence to attack. He is a poster boy for ODI cricket in New Zealand, and is responsible for enhancing the popularity of the gentleman’s game there.
While 35 years old he is going strong as ever, and still has enough left in the tank to become an ODI great, if he already isn’t.
His trademark whipped shots on the leg side are a treat to watch for cricket lovers. Ross Taylor has scored 20 ODI centuries and has 8376 runs from 212 innings, with an average of 47.86 and a strike rate of 83.
He is likely to score 10 more tons.
3. Chris Gayle (West Indies)
Chris Gayle is the stormy sensation that cricket dearly wanted when it faced a dearth of excitement to attract crowds. The West Indian southpaw has the ability to singlehandedly destroy opponents and run away with ODI games.
His impressive numbers in ODI cricket throw light on him being a solid opener for the Caribbean side.
The style of play and the force with which he hits the ball is reminiscent to the yesteryear greats of West Indies. His exploits as a batsman are a testament to the fact that he is the only opener to have two triple centuries, one double century and two centuries in Tests, ODIs and T20Is respectively.
Gayle had hinted that the 2019 World Cup would be his last set of ODIs, but ended up playing the ODI series against India, and he still remains an active cricketer for the time being.
The West Indian has 10480 ODI runs from 294 innings at an average of 37.83 and a great strike rate of 87.19. Gayle has scored 25 ODI tons, and would finish with two more before an impending retirement.
2. Rohit Sharma (India)
One of the greatest turnarounds in the history of ODI cricket can be attributed to none other than Rohit Sharma. The Mumbaikar is bestowed upon with one of the sharpest hand-eye coordination techniques, and is a visual delight.
Ever since his much-talked-about promotion to the top order, he has scored three gargantuan double centuries in ODIs with a highest of 264 (highest ODI score ever by anyone).
Rohit has cemented his spot as an opener and also as one of the all-time greats. He recently finished the 2019 World Cup with the highest runs and five centuries.
The ‘Hitman’ has 27 ODI centuries, 8686 runs to go along with it from 211 innings, at an average of 48.52 and a strike rate of 88.57.
He is 32 years old right now, and with at least five more years of cricket left, Rohit should end up with 42 ODI centuries.
1. Virat Kohli (India)
Virat Kohli has had a profound impact on the game of cricket, ever since leading the Indian team to the 2008 U-19 World Cup. He was thrown into the limelight at the tender age of 20 when he made his debut for his country, but he came into his own in the year 2012.
It was the knock of 133* off 86 balls against a formidable Sri Lankan side that saved India from the blushes of being knocked out of the tournament. He has never looked back ever since that knock and is well on his way in beating all improbable records, most of them being Sachin Tendulkar’s.
Arguably the greatest ever ODI batsman, Kohli is the Indian captain in all formats, but he has not let captaincy affect his form whatsoever. He has been going from strength to strength and finishing ODI matches for India left, right and centre.
Kohli has 43 ODI centuries from merely 230 innings, and has amassed 11520 runs at a jaw-dropping average of 60.31 and a magnificent strike rate of 93.21.
With at least seven more years of cricket left in him, the 30-year old legend should score at least 20 more ODI centuries and end up with close to 65 ODI tons.