Luke Ronchi was in destructive mood leaving the Sri Lankan bowlers clueless © Getty Images
Luke Ronchi was in destructive mood leaving the Sri Lankan bowlers clueless © Getty Images

New Zealand were in tatters at 93 for five in 20 overs when Luke Ronchi joined Grant Elliott at the centre. What followed was carnage: Elliott, to his credit, scored an unbeaten 104 from 96 balls, but he seemed pale in comparison with a belligerent Ronchi, who beefed his way to an outrageous 170 not out from a mere 99 balls.

Ronchi (with some help from Elliott) broke several records on his way to what can easily be written down as his finest day in international cricket. For example, he has registered the highest score by a No. 7 batsman in the history of One-Day Internationals (ODIs), overhauling MS Dhoni’s 139 not out for Asia XI. The highest for anyone representing an international side was Jos Buttler’s 121 last summer.

Highest ODI scores by No. 7 batsmen

 

Score

Against

Venue

Season

Luke Ronchi

170*

Sri Lanka

Dunedin

2014-15

MS Dhoni

139*

Africa XI

Chepauk

2007

Shaun Pollock

130

Asia XI

Chinnaswamy

2007

Jos Buttler

121

Sri Lanka

Lord’s

2014

James Faulkner

116

India

Chinnaswamy

2013-14

Though Ronchi went past one of Dhoni’s records, he could not quite break another one — for the highest ODI score by a wicketkeeper. In fact, he finished third — after Dhoni and Adam Gilchrist. It must be remembered that while Ronchi batted at No. 7, Gilchrist had opened batting and Dhoni batted at No. 3.

Highest ODI scores by wicketkeepers

 

Score

Against

Venue

Season

MS Dhoni

183*

Sri Lanka

Jaipur

2005-06

Adam Gilchrist

172

Zimbabwe

Bellerive

2003-04

Luke Ronchi

170*

Sri Lanka

Dunedin

2014-15

Kumar Sangakkara

169

South Africa

Premadasa

2013

Denesh Ramdin

169

Bangladesh

Basseterre

2014

Though Ronchi did not quite score the highest score by a New Zealand batsman (Martin Guptill’s 189 not out remains the record) or the highest score on New Zealand soil (181 not out by Matthew Hayden), he did register the highest score by a New Zealand batsman on New Zealand soil.

Highest ODI scores by New Zealand batsmen

 

Score

Against

Venue

Season

Martin Guptill

189*

England

Rose Bowl

2013

Lou Vincent

172

Zimbabwe

Bulawayo

2005

Glenn Turner

171*

South Africa

Edgbaston

1975

Luke Ronchi

170*

Sri Lanka

Dunedin

2014-15

Brendon McCullum

166

Ireland

Aberdeen

2008

Highest ODI scores on New Zealand soil

 

Score

Against

Venue

Season

Matthew Hayden

181*

New Zealand

Hamilton

2006-07

Calum McLeod

175

Canada

Christchurch

2013-14

Luke Ronchi

170*

Sri Lanka

Dunedin

2014-15

Sachin Tendulkar

163*

New Zealand

Christchurch

2008-09

Andrew Symonds

156

New Zealand

Wellington

2005-06

Highest ODI scores by New Zealand batsmen at home

 

Score

Against

Venue

Season

Luke Ronchi

170*

Sri Lanka

Dunedin

2014-15

Rob Nicol

146

Zimbabwe

Whangarei

2011-12

Glenn Turner

140

Sri Lanka

Auckland

1982-83

Jamie How

139

England

Napier

2007-08

Corey Anderson

131*

West Indies

Queenstown

2013-14

Ronchi’s unbeaten 170 came off a mere 99 balls at a whopping strike rate of 171.7. Though fast strike rates (even in excess of 200) are quite common, nobody had ever scored an ODI 150 at over two runs a ball. In fact, Ronchi’s blitzkrieg is the second-fastest, after Shane Watson’s 96-ball 185 not out. Incidentally, Ricky Ponting had scored 164 at 156.2 that day at New Wanderers, but just like the team total, it was overcome within hours by Herschelle Gibbs.

ODI 150s with highest strike rates

 

Score

Balls

SR

Against

Venue

Season

Shane Watson

185*

96

192.7

Bangladesh

Dhaka

2011

Luke Ronchi

170*

99

171.7

Sri Lanka

Dunedin

2014-15

Herschelle Gibbs

175

111

157.7

Australia

New Wanderers

2005-06

Ricky Ponting

164

105

156.2

South Africa

New Wanderers

2005-06

Sanath Jayasuriya

151

99

153.5

England

Headingley

2006

Elliott and Ronchi also registered the fourth occasion on which two New Zealand batsmen have scored hundreds in the same ODI innings, and the second occasion where at least one of them has scored 150 (the other occasion involved James Marshall and Brendon McCullum; they are the only ones to have scored 160s in the same ODI innings).

Two New Zealand batsmen scoring hundreds in the same ODI innings:

Batsman 1

Score

Batsman 2

Score

Against

Venue

Season

James Marshall

161

Brendon McCullum

166

Ireland

Aberdeen

2008

Ross Taylor

119

Kane Williamson

100*

Zimbabwe

Bulawayo

2011-12

Jesse Ryder

104

Corey Anderson

131*

West Indies

Queenstown

2013-14

Grant Elliott

104*

Luke Ronchi

170*

Sri Lanka

Dunedin

2014-15

To conclude with, Elliott and Ronchi have also set a new world record for the sixth wicket ODI partnership; not only did they beat the 218-run stand between Mahela Jayawardene and Dhoni by a whopping 49 runs, they could also not be separated by the Sri Lankans.

Highest sixth-wicket ODI partnerships

Batsman 1

Batsman 2

Partnership

Against

Venue

Season

Grant Elliott

Luke Ronchi

267*

Sri Lanka

Dunedin

2014-15

Mahela Jayawardene

MS Dhoni

218

Africa XI

Chepauk

2007

Tatenda Taibu

Stuart Matsikenyeri

188

South Africa

Benoni

2009-10

Brad Haddin

Michael Hussey

165

West Indies

Kuala Lumpur

2006

Craig McMillan

Brendon McCullum

165

Australia

Hamilton

2006-07

The Elliott-Ronchi stand is also the second-highest unbroken stand for any wicket in ODI history, next to only the unbeaten 275 put up by Mohammad Azharuddin and Ajay Jadeja.

Highest unbroken ODI partnerships for any wicket

Batsman 1

Batsman 2

Wicket

Partnership

Against

Venue

Season

Mohammad Azharuddin

Ajay Jadeja

4

275*

Zimbabwe

Cuttack

1998

Grant Elliott

Luke Ronchi

6

267*

Sri Lanka

Dunedin

2014-15

Shane Watson

Ricky Ponting

2

252*

England

Centurion

2009-10

Rahul Dravid

Sachin Tendulkar

3

237*

Kenya

Bristol

1999

Ricky Ponting

Damien Martyn

3

234*

India

New Wanderers

2002-03