ODI Records: Highest score by a number 4 batter in ODIs

Batting at certain positions like 4 and 5 in ODIs can be tricky. In this article, we take a look at the highest scores by a number 4 batter in ODIs.

Batting records for most runs often only feature top-order batters. In ODIs, the record for most runs is held by Sachin Tendulkar who mostly opened the innings for India and the record for most double-centuries is held by Rohit Sharma who is also an Indian opener. Virat Kohli is also on track for making the most centuries in the format after scoring his 48th century against Bangladesh in ODI World Cup 2023. But there have been some middle-order batters who have created a name for themselves while batting lower down the order. In this article, we will take a look at the highest score by a number 4 batter in ODIs.

Highest score by a number 4 batter in ODIs

There have been 14 batters who have scored 150+ scores in ODIs while batting at number 4. The highest score while batting at number 4 is held by arguably the best number 4 batter, Viv Richards. Below are the top 10 highest scores by batters batting at number in ODIs.

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Player Runs Balls Opposition Date
Viv Richards (West Indies) 189* 170 England 31st May, 1984
Ben Stokes (England) 182 124 New Zealand 13th September, 2023
Ross Taylor (New Zealand) 181* 147 England 7th March, 2018
Viv Richards (West Indies) 181 125 Sri Lanka 13th October, 1987
AB de Villiers (South Africa) 176 104 Bangladesh 18th October, 2017
Aiden Markram (South Africa) 175 126 Netherlands 2nd April, 2023
Denesh Ramdin (West Indies) 169 121 Bangladesh 25th August, 2014
Jos Buttler (England) 162* 70 Netherlands 17th June, 2022
Xavier Marshall (West Indies) 157* 118 Canada 22nd August, 2008
Brian Lara (West Indies) 156 138 Pakistan 28th January, 2005
George Bailey 156 114 India 30th October, 2013

Viv Richards vs England, 189*

Viv Richard put on a great batting performance against England in 1984 in a 55-over game. Clive Lloyd after winning the toss decided to bat first a decision he might have regretted at the earlier stage of the innings. West Indies were 11-2 when Richard came in to bat with both openers back in the pavilion. It looked like Richards was batting on a completely different than the other batters. West Indies lost wickets in regular intervals while Richards kept on smashing the English bowlers. West Indies at one point was 102-7. He shared a 59-run stand with the number nine batter, Eldine Baptiste.

Baptiste was the second-highest run-scorer with 26 runs. Richards’ best performance came while batting with number 11, Michael Holding. The duo shared a 106-run unbeaten stand with Holding only scoring 12 runs while facing just 27 balls. Richards’ unbeaten knock of 189 runs helped West Indies to score 272 and eventually win the game by 104 runs. Richards even after 39 years still holds the record for the highest score by a number 4 batter in ODIs.

Ben Stokes vs New Zealand, 182

Ben Stokes reversed his decision of ODI retirement to be available for the England cricket team in the ongoing ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023. In just his third ODI, after withdrawing his ODI retirement, Stokes wrote his name in the history books against New Zealand. Stokes with his historic knock of 182 runs in just 124 balls now has the record for the most runs in an ODI innings by an English batter.

After losing Jonny Bairstow on the first ball of the match and Joe Root inside the third over, Stokes and David Malan had a huge task of rebuilding the innings. The duo shared a 199-run stand with Malan scoring 96 runs in 95 balls and missing out on a century. In his partnership with Malan, Stokes scored 102 runs in just 78 balls. Stokes batted with a high strike rate and didn’t look like he had retired from the format.

Ross Taylor vs England, 181*

England toured Australia and New Zealand in 2018 and during the 4th ODI against New Zealand at Dunedin, they were put into bat by Kane Williamson after winning the toss and deciding to bowl first. The visitors got off to a great start with Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root scoring centuries. There was not much support after that as the next five batters were dismissed for single-digit scores. The Eoin Morgan-led side ended up with 335 runs on the board in the first innings. 

Chasing 336 runs, New Zealand lost their openers for ducks which meant that Ross Taylor came to the crease with just two runs on the board at the loss of two wickets. The right-handed batter shared an 84-run stand with skipper Williamson. But it was the partnership between Taylor and Tom Latham which sealed the game for New Zealand. The duo shared a 187-run partnership with Taylor scoring 111 runs in just 88 balls during the stand. After Latham’s dismissal, the hosts still needed 63 runs to win in eight overs. Taylor remained not out to clinch the victory for his side with just three balls remaining in the match.

Viv Richards vs Sri Lanka, 181 

It is a testament to Viv Richards’s astonishing batting that he features on this list twice with both knocks being match-winning knocks. During the 1987 World Cup, after being put into bat by Sri Lanka, West Indies lost a couple of wickets in quick succession. Opener, Desmond Haynes and skipper, Richards had the hard task of rescuing the West Indies in Karachi. Richards then played a scintillating hard-hitting knock scoring 181 runs in just 125 balls hitting 16 fours and seven sixes. His knock along with Haynes scoring a century helped the West Indies in posting a target of 361 to Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka despite playing their full quota of 50 overs only managed to score 169 runs at the loss of four wickets. Richards’ 181 runs against Sri Lanka is the highest score by a number four batter in the ODI World Cup.

AB de Villiers vs Bangladesh, 176

Bangladesh toured South Africa in 2017 for two tests, three ODIs and two T20Is. The visitors failed to win any game during the tour and in the second ODI at Paarl were handed a 104-run defeat thanks to a special knock from AB de Villiers. After being put into bat, the Proteas openers gave a great start and had 90 runs for no loss before Bangladeshi skipper, Shakib Al Hasan in the 18th over, dismissed Quinton de Kock and Faf du Plessis and put the hosts in a spot of bother.

ABD then shared a 136-run stand with opener Hashim Amla. It was de Villiers who did the bulk of the scoring in the partnership making 86 runs in 60 balls. Amla was dismissed by Rubel Hossain in the 36th over. It was with JP Duminy when ABD entered a higher gear scoring 90 runs in just 44 balls in the 117-run stand for the fourth wicket. Hossain dismissed ABD after he had scored 176 runs in just 104 balls hitting 15 fours and seven sixes. The knock had high significance as it helped the hosts win the match by 104 runs.

Conclusion

In One Day Internationals (ODIs), the outstanding accomplishments of middle-order players are frequently eclipsed by the records of top-order batsmen. Even if the all-time run charts and century records are dominated by players like Sachin Tendulkar and Rohit Sharma, number four hitters have also produced some of the most memorable performances in the history of ODI cricket. The top individual scores by players batting at number four were recognised in this article, demonstrating their capacity to win games in difficult situations.

With his unbeaten 189* against England in 1984, Viv Richards stands out as an example of tenacity and aggressive batting in a pivotal role. His other contribution, a masterful 181-run innings against Sri Lanka in the 1987 World Cup, cemented his reputation even further. The remarkable innings of contemporary greats like Ben Stokes and Ross Taylor have also inscribed their names in cricket history, highlighting the dynamic character of one-day international cricket. The 2023 match between Stokes (182) and Taylor (181), who both had perfect records (181) against England (2018), demonstrate the relevance of middle-order dynamism in the modern era.

These outings demonstrate how crucial number four bats are in determining how ODIs turn out. Frequently, they intervene when necessary, stabilising the innings or quickening the run rate. The adaptability and perseverance exhibited by these players guarantee that the fourth spot will always be vital in the dynamic world of One Day International cricket.