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On This Day, 1984: Sir Viv Richards Played One of The Great Innings in ODI History

On This Day, 34 years ago (31st May 1984) West Indian batting legend Sir Viv Richards played an attacking innings of 189 not out of just 170 balls, with 21 fours and five sixes. He smashed the England bowling attack to all corners of Old Trafford ground and it is still considered one of the greatest innings even today also.

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Highest Individual Scores In ODI History of more than and equal to 170 runs:

PlayerRunsBalls4s6sSRTeamOPPGroundMatch Date
R Sharma264173339152.6INDSLKolkataNovember 13, 2014
M Guptill237 *1632411145.39NZWIWellingtonMarch 21, 2015
V Sehwag219149257146.97INDWIIndoreDecember 8, 2011
C Gayle2151471016146.25WIZIMCanberraFebruary 24, 2015
R Sharma2091581216132.27INDAUSBengaluruNovember 2, 2013
R Sharma208 *1531312135.94INDSLMohaliDecember 13, 2017
S Tendulkar200 *147253136.05INDSAGwaliorFebruary 24, 2010
C Coventry194 *156167124.35ZIMBANBulawayoAugust 16, 2009
Saeed Anwar194146225132.87PAKINDChennaiMay 21, 1997
V Richards189 *170215111.17WIENGManchesterMay 31, 1984
M Guptill189 *155192121.93NZENGSouthamptonJune 2, 2013
S Jayasuriya189161214117.39SLINDSharjahOctober 29, 2000
G Kirsten188 *159134118.23SAUAERawalpindiFebruary 16, 1996
S Tendulkar186 *150203124INDNZHyderabad (Deccan)November 8, 1999
S Watson185 *961515192.7AUSBANDhakaApril 11, 2011
F du Plessis185141163131.2SASLCape TownFebruary 7, 2017
MS Dhoni183 *1451510126.2INDSLJaipurOctober 31, 2005
SC Ganguly183158177115.82INDSLTauntonMay 26, 1999
V Kohli183148221123.64INDPAKDhakaMarch 18, 2012
M Hayden181 *1661110109.03AUSNZHamiltonFebruary 20, 2007
L Taylor181 *147176123.12NZENGDunedinMarch 7, 2018
V Richards181125167144.8WISLKarachiOctober 13, 1987
M Guptill180 *1381511130.43NZSAHamiltonMarch 1, 2017
J Roy180151165119.2ENGAUSMelbourneJanuary 14, 2018
DA Warner179128195139.84AUSPAKAdelaideJanuary 26, 2017
H Masakadza178 *167174106.58ZIMKENHarareOctober 18, 2009
D Warner178133195133.83AUSAFGPerthMarch 4, 2015
Q de Kock1781131611157.52SAAUSCenturionSeptember 30, 2016
P Stirling177134215132.08IRECANTorontoSeptember 7, 2010
E Lewis176 *130177135.38WIENGThe OvalSeptember 27, 2017
AB de Villiers176104157169.23SABANPaarlOctober 18, 2017
Kapil Dev175 *138166126.81INDZIMTunbridge WellsJune 18, 1983
H Gibbs175111217157.65SAAUSJohannesburgMarch 12, 2006
S Tendulkar175141194124.11INDAUSHyderabad (Deccan)November 5, 2009
V Sehwag175140145125INDBANDhakaFebruary 19, 2011
C MacLeod175141145124.11SCOCANChristchurchJanuary 23, 2014
W Tharanga174 *159193109.43SLINDKingstonJuly 2, 2013
M Waugh173148163116.89AUSWIMelbourneFebruary 9, 2001
D Warner173136240127.2AUSSACape TownOctober 12, 2016
C Wishart172 *151183113.9ZIMNAMHarareFebruary 10, 2003
A Gilchrist172126133136.5AUSZIMHobartJanuary 16, 2004
L Vincent172120169143.33NZZIMBulawayoAugust 24, 2005
G Turner171 *20116285.07NZEABirminghamJune 7, 1975
R Sharma171 *163137104.9INDAUSPerthJanuary 12, 2016
A Hales171122224140.16ENGPAKNottinghamAugust 30, 2016
L Ronchi170 *99149171.71NZSLDunedinJanuary 23, 2015

The innings is considered the best also because at one stage West Indies were slumped to 102-7 at one point and England were seeing tail and want to wrap up the game quickly. But Richards put up a partnership 59 runs with Eldine Baptiste for the 8th wicket.

Then Joel Gardner arrived to the crease and departed in quickly and West Indies score was 166 for the loss of 9 wickets. Which means Viv Richards left with the number 11 Michael Holding as the West Indies’ last remaining hopes. And the unlikely duo put on a 106-run partnership and contribution of the Holding was just 12 runs and they ended up innings by putting 272 on the board after losing 9 wickets. And it is also the highest tenth wicket partnership to date. West Indies went on to win the match by 104 runs.

Full Score Card (Source) : espncricinfo

List of Top 10 Partnerships for the tenth wicket in ODIs

V Richards, M Holding 106* WI ENG Manchester 31-May-84
Mohammad Amir, Saeed Ajmal 103 PAK NZ Abu Dhabi 09-Nov-09
R Rampaul, K Roach 99* WI IND Visakhapatnam 02-Dec-11
L Ronchi, M McClenaghan 76 NZ SA Mount Maunganui 24-Oct-14
Yasir Shah, Mohammad Amir 76 PAK ENG Nottingham 30-Aug-16
L Ronchi, T Boult 74 NZ SA Mount Maunganui 21-Oct-14
Abdul Razzaq, Waqar Younis 72 PAK SA Durban 03-Apr-98
A Roberts, J Garner 71 WI IND Manchester 09-Jun-83
J Morkel, M Ntini 67* SA NZ Napier 02-Mar-04
J Kamande, P Ongondo 66 KEN WI Nairobi (Gym) 18-Aug-01

Full List: 

Highest 10th wicket Partnership

That is why this knock of Richards regarded as being the greatest limited-overs innings ever.




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