While the 300-run mark by a batsman in One-Day International is yet to be breached, former India skipper Kapil Dev believes the day is not far when a batsman will score 400 in the 50-over format.
Since Sachin Tendulkar scored the maiden double century in 2010, only four other batsmen have managed to cross the 200-run mark with India opener Rohit Sharma scoring 3 of the seven double ODI tons that have been scored so far. The highest individual score at the moment is being held by Rohit Sharma who had scored 264 against Sri Lanka in 2014. But while only time will tell whether any batsman manages to break Rohit’s record, Kapil Dev is confident of seeing a quadruple century in ODIs in the coming days.
Speaking on the sidelines of the Wonder Cement Saath7 Cricket Mahotsav Season 2 finale in Udaipur, the World Cup-winning skipper said advanced gears will make it possible for the batsmen to achieve unprecedented records in the game.
“Why not?,” Kapil quipped, adding, “Why only triple hundred, someday, you might see someone score 400 in ODI cricket because players have changed gears to suit the format. In the 1980s, teams used to make 280 at the end of day’s play and today, they’re racking up those runs in just 20 overs.”
Kapil’s comments have come few days after Rohit scored his third double century, scoring 208 not out this month against Sri Lanka. Apart from Rohit and Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Martin Guptill, and Chris Gayle have scored double centuries in ODIs.
Kapil further said he was confident of a good show from Virat Kohli & Co. in the overseas assignment. After dominating the home seasons in the last couple of years, the team is now all set for the challenging tour of South Africa which gets underway next month.
“Of course, ” he said adding, “India will do well overseas. We’ve got a good side and it will only get better with experience.”
The legendary allrounder further declined to compare Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli, saying: “Look, you can’t compare the players. You can’t say one is better than the other or vice-versa. If the next generation of stars isn’t better than its predecessors, then the game won’t move forward.
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