On This Day in 1997, Saeed Anwar Makes History By Scoring Highest Runs in ODI

On This Day in 1997, Saeed Anwar Makes History By Scoring Highest Runs in ODI
On This Day in 1997, Saeed Anwar Makes History By Scoring Highest Runs in ODI
On This Day in 1997, Saeed Anwar Makes History By Scoring Highest Runs in ODI

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.

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 the Pepsi Independence Cup match by 35 runs, despite Rahul Dravid’s 107 and Vinod Kambli’s 65. Aaqib Javed and Saqlain Mushtaq both bowled superbly, taking 5 and 2 wickets respectively.
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 of 39.21 in 247 One-Day Internationals, with 20 hundred 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.

He is also the third Pakistani batsman to carry his bat through a Test inning, 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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