Top Five Most Cheerful ODI Moments In The History

In this article, we will take a look at the top five most cheerful ODI moments in the history that have elevated the format’s stature.

The One-Day Internationals (ODI) is indisputably regarded as the most popular cricket format among cricket aficionados. With high-voltage drama and fuming on-field rivalries, the ODIs bring forward a saga of ardent viewers. The limited overs matches, aggressive batting and destructive bowling attacks set apart ODIs from the rest of the cricket formats. Moreover, high-stakes tournaments such as the ICC Cricket World Cup elevates the stature of ODIs, attracting cricket fans in huge numbers. Apart from the arch-rivals like India and Pakistan, the ODI matches have also witnessed some of the most thrilling and cheerful moments that have amplified the exuberance of the ODI format for the audience. 

Sachin Tendulkar’s World Cup Fairytale 

The 2011 World Cup serves as the “golden moment” in the history of Indian cricket when the Indian cricket side under the leadership of Mahendra Singh Dhoni lifted the World Cup Trophy for the second time after 1983. Although the master blaster of Indian cricket, Sachin Tendulkar, could only contribute a total of eighteen runs to India’s victory at the 2011 World Cup, he was still considered to be the focal point of the victory celebrations. After successfully chasing a hard-fought Sri Lankan total of 275* with MS Dhoni’s ultimate match-winning sixer, the Indian team, including legendary cricketers like Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh, Virat Kohli, Zaheer Khan and Suresh Raina were seen lifting Sachin Tendulkar up in the air doing rounds of the cricket ground while the entire nation was celebrating the historical moment.


South Africa’s Maiden World Cup Victory 

Although the South African cricket team has produced iconic players since the beginning of the game, it was only in the 1995 ICC Cricket World Cup that the South African cricket squad tasted the ultimate victory in the finals and lifted the World Cup trophy for the first time with unwavering grace and pride. The Sri Lankan cricket team, led by the then skipper Hansie Cronje, defeated West Indies at the iconic battleground of cricket, Eden Gardens in Kolkata. The 1995 World Cup tournament was much more than a mere cricketing tournament for the South African squad and for South Africa as a country at large. Before clinching the World Cup, the South African team faced a troubled past and inevitable isolation due to apartheid conditions. The 1995 victory not only elevated the stature of South Africa as a cricket team but also proved the unity and pride of the entire country at large.  

Pakistan’s World Cup Triumph

Even though the modern Pakistan cricket squad has been facing quite a lot of struggles to prove their caliber at the international stage of cricket, the older generation of Pakistani cricketers have defied the odds and proved their dominance in the game on various occasions. One such glorious moment occurred during the memorable 1992 ICC Cricket World Cup tournament where Pakistan’s cricket team, led by the legendary cricketer Imran Khan, clinched the World Cup trophy after defeating England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Although the visuals of Pakistanis smashing off their television screens frequently go viral on the internet after such crucial tournaments, the 1992 World Cup completely changed the scenarios for Pakistan’s cricket fans. The streets of Karachi were flooded with supporters chanting “Pakistan Zindabad!” slogans and embracing one of the most glorious moments in the history of Pakistan’s cricket.

Virat Kohli’s 50th ODI Century 

In India’s semi-final match against New Zealand in the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium, Virat Kohli surpassed Sachin Tendulkar’s record of the highest number of ODI centuries and smashed his 50th ODI century, giving an additional reason for the Indian fans to commemorate the triumph against New Zealand. King Kohli’s 50th ton turned out to be an extremely emotional moment for the fans as he achieved the feat in front of the legendary cricketer, Sachin Tendulkar, who applauded his stellar innings with a standing ovation. From lifting the master-blaster of Indian cricket, Sachin Tendulkar, on his shoulders during the 2011 World Cup Finals to surpassing his ODI record at the same ground, Wankhede Stadium, Virat Kohli certainly handed over one of the most emotional and glorious moments in Indian cricket history.  

Glenn Maxwell’s Fastest World Cup Century 

One of the most prominent and dependable batsmen of the Australian cricket team, Glenn Maxwell, delivered one of the most power-packed knocks in the history of ODI during the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup tournament. Maxwell surpassed South Africa’s Aiden Markram’s existing record for the fastest century in a World Cup after he smashed a ton against the Netherlands in a total of forty deliveries, annihilating the Netherlands’ bowling attack. Maxwell also struck the fourth-fastest century in the ODI format with his innings against the Netherlands and assisted the Aussies to a dominating total of 399-8. The fans open-heartedly applauded Glenn Maxwell for his unreal achievement and honored the legendary cricketer with a standing ovation.