Virender Sehwag broke the record for the highest individual ODI innings score when he scored 219 against the West Indies at Indore in 2011 © Getty Images
Virender Sehwag broke the record for the highest individual ODI innings score when he scored 219 against the West Indies at Indore in 2011 © Getty Images

The India vs West Indies one-day series will commence on October 8. Over the years both sides have produced some of the best batsmen in the world. Indrajit Dutta lists the top five batting performances between the two sides in one-day cricket.

1) Virender Sehwag ( India): 219 (149) 25×4, 7×6, at Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore, 2011:

The highest score in One-Day International (ODI) cricket bludgeoned by the dashing opener at Indore in the fourth game of the five-match series. India went into this game after a loss in the previous encounter. At this point they were leading the series 2 to 1. West Indies were beginning to show signs of creeping back into the series. Virender Sehwag, however hammered their hopes out of the window with a once-in-a lifetime knock.  The opener with this stupendous knock pushed India to a humungous score of 418 and ensured the game was out of West Indies’ reach.

He went after the bowling right from the word go and ripped the West Indies attack to shreds. Such was the whirlwind nature of his batting that he reached his double hundred in the 44th over. Sehwag’s knock contained 25 fours and seven sixes. He emulated his hero and fellow countryman Sachin Tendulkar when he reached only the second double-hundred in one-day cricket.

He got to the landmark figure with a huge six over extra cover, which symbolized his dominance over the bowlers.  As expected, India won the match and clinched the series in the process. It has been three years since the monumental innings, and the record is expected to stay for quite some time in the near future.

2) Viv Richards ( West Indies):149 (99) 20×4, 3×6, at Keenan Stadium, Jamshedpur, 1983:

King Viv simply came and conquered on this day. He was at his most dominating form as he blew the bowling attack  away with a sublime 149. With the exception of skipper Kapil Dev, everybody suffered, especially Ravi Shastri, who went for 77 runs in seven overs.

Richards’ innings contained no less than 20 fours and three sixes. He along with Gordon Greenidge, who made a terrific 115, propelled the West Indies to a huge 333 in 45 overs. India replied with 229 for the five wickets in their allotted 45 overs. Right from the start of India’s chase against the famed West Indian bowling line-up the score seemed out of reach. The West Indies had not forgotten their World Cup final loss a few months back as they hammered India in yet another match in this series— King Viv had led the way.

3) Ricardo Powell ( West Indies):124 (93) 9×4, 8×6, Kallang Ground, Singapore, 1999:

West Indies were chasing a stiff score of 255 in the final of the Coca Cola Singapore Challenge and they were not in a good position at 67 for four in the 17th over. Star batsman Brian Lara and old hand Jimmy Adams were in the pavilion. India were on top. In walked Powell with Shivnarine Chanderpaul at the other hand. Chanderpaul soon got with West Indies at 124 for five.

It was here that Powell proceeded to hammer the Indian bowlers into oblivion and win the tournament for his side. The manner in which he dominated the bowling was a sight to savour and would have pleased Sir Isaac Vivian Richards.  The fact that his innings was studded with no less than eight sixes reflects his dominance. A few of the sixes even cleared the ground. It seemed as if a new star was born for West Indies as he  his team to an unlikely victory with 124 off only 93 deliveries. Unfortunately Powell could never live up to his early promise.

4) Chris Gayle (West Indies) : 140 (127) 12×4, 5×6, Motera, Ahmedebad, 2002:

It was at this stage that cricket was beginning to witness the flamboyant West Indies opener’s enourmous talent. This knock of 140 in the 4th ODI of a seven-match series  showed why bowlers all over often wish they had bowled to Gayle. The Indian attack on a featherbed of a track at Ahmedabad was hammered all over the park on this day. He continued his good form in the tournament with this his second century in the tournament.

His knock contained five massive sixes and twelve boundaries.  Right from the outset, Gayle signaled his aggressive intentions as the West Indies score was moving along like an express train with their score at 80 in the eight over, ultimately finishing at a score of 325 after 50 overs.

India, however, for the second time in a span of four months after the famous chase at Lords, pulled off another unlikely win. Rahul Dravid anchored the chase with his composed 107 not out as Sanjay Bangar with a quick fire 57 assisted him.

Gayle would have been a disappointed man in the end but the world had seen one of the many stupendous knocks by him.

5) Kieron Pollard ( West Indies) 119 (110) 4×4, 10×6, Chepauk,Chennai, 2011:

When the well-built right-hander walked in West Indies were reeling at 36 for four. They were chasing 268. Soon they were 78 for five. If they needed to get to the score something extraordinary was needed. Pollard sure did produce something extraordinary as he made 119 off 110 balls. His penchant for clearing the ground with ease had been talked about a lot, here he gave a display of that. He clouted 10 sixes in his fearsome knock.

In the end he only received support from Andre Russell who made 53 but he was on his own for most of the innings. Pollard tried his best to get the West Indies over the line but they ended 34 runs short as India won the series 4-1. This particular knock clearly showed that why Pollard is such a dangerous customer.  At one point he was hitting sixes at will, ironically he got out trying to hit his eleventh six.

While the West Indies lost the match and the series the cricketing fraternity witnessed some pure and sustained power-hitting.

(Indrajit Dutta is a reporter with CricketCountry. He is also a published poet and author. His Twitter handle is @duttaindro)