India’s 400+ Milestones
There have been more than 4200 ODIs so far in the history of cricket. However, only 20 times have teams been able to score in excess of 400 in an ODI innings. It was in 2006 the first time a 400+ score was posted in an ODI which was 434 by Australia in Johannesburg. The second time was brought up in the very next innings as South Africa chased that total down in what was a nail-biting thriller and they made 438.
South Africa have been the team with the highest number of 400+ totals – six. Meanwhile, India are second in terms of totals in excess of 400 in ODI cricket. They have played more than 980 ODIs and have scored more than 350 runs on 29 instances but have gone past 400 on five occasions.
Here are those five instances when India have scored more than 400 in ODI cricket.
Against Bermuda – Port of Spain (2007)
It was exactly a year after the first-ever 400+ total was posted in ODI cricket that India made their first-ever 400 in white-ball cricket. It was the 2007 World Cup and they had already lost their opening game against Bangladesh. Hence, this was an important game.
Bermuda wasn’t the strongest of oppositions but India made full use of the opportunity after being put in to bat first. They lost Robin Uthappa early to one of the most famous World Cup catches by Dwayne Leverock. However, after that, it was all India as the batsmen made merry. Sourav Ganguly made 89 from 114 balls and anchored the innings. But the others around him went hammer and tongs.
Virender Sehwag smashed a fine 114 off just 87 balls which included 17 fours and three sixes. He added 202 with Ganguly for the second wicket. MS Dhoni walked in at No. 4 and played a quick cameo before Yuvraj Singh and Sachin Tendulkar went berserk in the latter half of the innings. Yuvraj scored a 46-ball 83 (three fours and seven sixes) while Tendulkar hit 57 in just 29 balls (two fours and four sixes). They shared a 122-run stand and that came in just 62 balls. India brought up the 400 on the first ball of the 50th over and eventually ended up 413/5. Bermuda failed to put up a fight as they were bundled out for 156, giving India a massive win.
Against Sri Lanka – Rajkot (2009)
Rajkot is known to produce belters and it produced one of the most thrilling ODI games in the history of Indian cricket. Sri Lanka won the toss in the first ODI of the five-match series and elected to field first.
Each of the top Indian eight made it to double figures and the Sri Lankan bowlers faced the wrath of the Indian batsmen. Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar gave India a flying start. The star opening duo put on 153 in 19.3 overs before Tendulkar was dismissed. However, Sehwag continued on his merry way and added another 159 in no time (16 overs) with MS Dhoni who walked into bat at No. 3.
Sehwag scored a fine 146 off just 102 balls which included 17 fours and six sixes. Dhoni made 73 in 53 balls as India were in a great position – 311/3 in the 37th over when Dhoni was dismissed. The ‘Men in Blue’ lost a slew of wickets before Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja played useful cameos towards the end to propel India to 414/7 which became their highest-ever ODI total. It was the first time a total of 400 or more was scored on Indian soil.
Sri Lanka gave India a massive scare as they almost chased down this huge score. TM Dilshan and Upul Tharanga replicated the start India got as they added 188 for the opening wicket before Kumar Sangakkara smashed a 43-ball 90 to keep Sri Lanka on par with the asking rate. Dilshan scored 160 as well. However, some excellent death bowling from Zaheer Khan and Ashish Nehra (defending 15 runs in the last two overs) helped India eke out a thrilling three-run win.
Against South Africa – Gwalior (2010)
This was another historic ODI. It may not have been a thriller but it was yet another first-ever. Sachin Tendulkar became the first-ever man on the planet to score an ODI double century and India scored yet another 400+.
India opted to bat first and lost Virender Sehwag as early as the fourth over. However, that had little effect on Tendulkar as he was on the attack right from the get-go. India reached the 100-run mark in the 15th over and Dinesh Karthik was complementing the master blaster really well. The duo added 194 for the second wicket before Karthik was dismissed in the 34th over. Tendulkar had gone past 100 by that time and Yusuf Pathan came in and played a breezy cameo of 36. Dhoni walked in at No. 5 in the 41st over and Tendulkar was batting on 168.
But the Indian captain blasted out from ball one and the Mumbai master slowed down a tad as well. But Dhoni kept the tempo of the innings as Tendulkar approached the coveted double ton and was on 199 when the 49th over began. The Indian master got strike on the 3rd ball of the last over and got to the double ton immediately. Dhoni scored two boundaries to finish off the innings and India breached the 400-mark for the third time.
AB de Villiers scored 114 in the chase but South Africa were never in the chase. They eventually lost by 153 runs as they were all out for 248.
Against West Indies – Indore (2011)
2011 was the third successive year when India got 400 or more in an ODI and this was the second consecutive year when an Indian player scored a double ton as well. West Indies were in India for a full-fledged tour and MS Dhoni was rested.
Virender Sehwag led the team and he led from the front. On a belter of a track in Indore, India opted to bat first and Gautam Gambhir along with Sehwag gave India a flying start. Gambhir scored a run-a-ball 67 as the ‘Men in Blue’ scored 176 in 22.5 overs before the left-hander was dismissed. But Sehwag continued to dominate the West Indian attack and eventually scored a massive 219.
The likes of Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli made small and useful contributions to help India go past the 400-mark and score 418 which is still the highest ever total India have ever got in an ODI. West Indies were no match to India as they could score just 265.
Against Sri Lanka – Kolkata (2014)
Another double ton by an Indian player and another 400+ score. It was Sri Lanka’s turn to witness a double ton and the second time India scored more than 400 against the same opposition (Sri Lanka).
India won the toss and opted to bat first at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Rohit Sharma was returning from injury and got an early life. And he made full use of it and that drop turned out to be one of the costliest drops in ODI cricket. Rohit not only scored his second double ton in ODI cricket but also plundered the highest ever ODI score and became the first man in the history of ODI cricket to notch up more than 250. Rohit scored 264 which is the highest individual ODI score and tormented Sri Lanka single-handedly.
Sri Lanka couldn’t even match Rohit’s score of 264 as they were bowled out for 251. That was the last time India scored more than 400 in an ODI.