Here are the best ODI innings of the 2021 calendar year: Because of the ICC Men’s T20, World Cup 2021 event cricket fans did not see many one-day internationals. In the 2021 calendar year, no team has played more than 15 one-day internationals games. Sri Lanka has played the most ODIs, with 15 games to their name. In 2021, team India played only 6 One-Day Internationals (ODIs), winning 4 of them. England and Australia played 9 and 3 games, respectively.
In the 2021 calendar year, the most populous Ireland national team player Paul Sterling has scored the most runs in one-day internationals. He played in 14 ODI matches and scored a total of 705 runs at an average of 54.23. With 509 and 464 runs, respectively, Janneman Malan (South Africa) and Tamim Iqbal (Bangladesh) are sitting in the second and third highest run scorers position. In the depth of it all, fans witnessed some outstanding knocks in the 2021 calendar year. As the year 2021 comes to an end, we deep dive and take a look back at the top 5 best ODI innings of 2021.
Top 5 Best ODI Innings Of 2021 | Most Runs In ODI 2021.
Fakhar Zaman (PAK) scored the most runs in an ODI in 2021 – 193 against South Africa (Johannesburg). Tamim Iqbal of Bangladesh has the most fifty-plus scores in 2021 One-Day Internationals, with four half-centuries and a century. Paul Stirling has three centuries and is the leading run-scorer in 2021.
|1||P R Stirling||Ireland||14||14||705||131*||3||2||54.23|
|2||J N Malan||South Africa||8||7||509||177*||2||2||84.83|
|4||H T Tector||Ireland||14||14||454||79||0||4||37.83|
List Of Top 5 Best ODI Innings Of 2021 From Fakhar Zaman To Andy Balbirnie.
1. Fakhar Zaman (PAK): 193 off 155 Vs South Africa, 2nd ODI.
In April, Pakistan played three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and four Twenty-Twenty Internationals (T20Is) in South Africa. Pakistan kicked off the tour with a bang, winning the first ODI by three wickets. South African batsmen went on a leather hunt against Pakistan bowlers in the second one-day international. The batsmen’s combined batting effort helped the team rack up a massive 341-run total in the first innings. Pakistan, on the other hand, kept South Africa guessing with an outstanding knock by Fakhar Zaman in the second innings. South African bowlers picked up wickets at regular intervals, but Fakhar Zaman ripped through the bowling at the other end. He single-handedly led the team to 300 runs and kept the visitors’ hopes alive until the very end.
Fakhar Zaman smashed 193 runs off 155 deliveries, including 18 fours and 10 sixes. Despite his sensational knock, the Pakistan team fell 17 runs short of the target. However, it is undoubtedly the top ODI knock of 2021.
2. Ben Stokes (ENG): 99 of 52 Vs India, 2nd ODI.
Jonny Bairstow was not the only England batsman to shine in the aforementioned second One-Day International against India in Pune. Jonny Bairstow was brilliantly supported by Ben Stokes in his pursuit of the big chase. Ben Stokes, on the other hand, was the aggressor, tearing apart Indian players with shots all over the ground. Ben Stokes batted brilliantly, scoring 99 runs off 52 balls and striking at over 190. He smashed 10 sixes and 4 fours during his time at the crease.
Ben Stokes was on his way to a century, but a sharp short ball from Bhuvneshwar Kumar changed everything. Unfortunately, he fell one run short of his century, but not before putting his team in command. That would be painful for Ben Stokes, who was smashing Indian bowlers all over the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune. It was the 34th time in ODI history that a batsman was out on 99 runs. England leveled the series with a 337-run chase against India in the second one-day international.
3. Jonny Bairstow (ENG): 124 off 112 Vs India, 2nd ODI.
Earlier this year, England played a three-match One-Day International (ODI) series against India. Jonny Bairstow was outstanding throughout the 3-match series. In the first ODI, Jonny Bairstow scored 94 runs off 66 balls, but his efforts were in vain as team India won by 66 runs. However, this did not occur in the second match. In the second ODI, team India posted 336 runs target on the board. Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy got the team off to a fast start in pursuit of the total. From the start of the innings, the duo went on the offensive. Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow put on 110 runs for the first wicket down before Jason Roy was bowled in the 17th over.
Jonny Bairstow, on the other hand, persevered and went on to score an outstanding century. Bairstow smashed 124 off 112 balls, including 11 fours and 7 sixes during the 2nd ODI. He contributed to the England team 280-run total in just 36 overs. Team England eventually chased down the total target of 337 in just 43.3 overs, tying the series at 1-1.
4. James Vince (ENG): 102 off 95 Vs Pakistan, 3rd ODI.
On the 13th of July, in Birmingham, Pakistan and England played their third one-day international (ODI). Babar Azam scored an outstanding 158 in the first innings, propelling Pakistan to a 331-run total on the board. However, Babar Azam’s knock was overshadowed by James Vince, who took the Pakistan bowlers on a leather hunt in the second innings. England got off to a shaky start in the second innings, losing the first two wickets for just 53 runs. However, James Vince teamed up with Zak Crawley to revive England’s innings. The pair added 51 runs for the third wicket, bringing England back into the game. Zak Crawley got out after scoring 39 in the 13th over, but James Vince was not going down without a fight. Ben Stokes and John Simpson also left early, but James Vince kept England on track.
He went on to score the match-winning century, finishing his innings on 102 off 95 balls. James Vince’s outstanding innings smashed 11 fours. By the time he was out, the England team had passed the 290-run mark in just 43 overs. England eventually chased down the target in 48 overs, winning the game by 3 wickets.
5. Andy Balbirnie (Ireland): 107 off 117 Vs South Africa, 2nd ODI.
South Africa traveled to Ireland in July 2021 for three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and as many T20 internationals. Following the cancellation of the first ODI, the Ireland team made history by winning their first ODI against the South Africa team. Andy Balbirnie, the skipper of the Ireland national team, blazed with the bat. Ireland successfully posted a total of 290 runs on the board in the first innings, thanks to Andy Balbirnie’s outstanding knock of 102 off 117 balls. Andy Balbirnie formed crucial partnerships with Paul Stirling and Andy McBrine, denying South Africa the opportunity to take quick wickets. In response, South Africa was bowled out for 247 in the second innings, handing Ireland a 43-run victory. Andy Balbirnie’s knock ranks fifth among the top 5 Best ODI knocks of 2021 in terms of most runs in an ODI match.
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