Saeed Anwar Makes ODI History with His Highest Runs

Saeed Anwar Makes ODI History with His Highest Runs

On this day 25 years ago, the entire cricketing globe stood to celebrate Pakistani batsman Saeed Anwar for hammering the Indian bowling attack and hitting the most individual runs in an ODI at Chennai, India.

194 off just 146 balls, including 22 fours and 5 sixes

The elegant batter’s unbroken 194-run hit came at a time when scoring more than 150 runs in an inning was difficult, even if the format at the time was 60 overs, which is why the record held for over twelve years. While batting first, Pakistan lost Shahid Afridi early on with only 8 runs on the board, but Saeed led the batting line with an unbeaten 194 off just 146 balls, including 22 fours and 5 sixes, to help Pakistan post 327/5.

Pakistan won by 35 runs in that Pepsi Independence Cup encounter, and even Rahul Dravid’s 107 and Vinod Kambli’s 65 runs couldn’t help India knock down the massive total. Aaqib Javed and Saqlain Mushtaq both bowled superbly, taking 5 and 2 wickets respectively.

39.21 in 247 One-Day Internationals

Saeed Anwar, widely regarded as one of Pakistan’s finest opening batsmen. Retired from international cricket in 2003 after scoring more hundreds in one-day internationals than any other Pakistani batsman.

Saeed Anwar began his international cricket career in 1989 and has amassed 8,824 runs. At an average hundred of 39.21 in 247 One-Day Internationals, with 20 hundreds and 43 half-centuries. He also scored 4,052 runs at an average of 45.52 in 45 Test matches, with 11 hundred and twenty-five half-centuries.

Nazar Mohammed and Mudassar Nazar

He is also the third Pakistani batsman to carry his bat through Test innings, following Nazar Mohammed and Mudassar Nazar. He has also scored two consecutive hundreds on three occasions in his career. And was the first Pakistani batter to score a century against India in an ODI match on Indian soil.

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