One-day international (ODI) cricket was introduced in 1971 with Australia registering victory in the first-ever match over England (MCC) by 5 wickets in Melbourne.
Most ODI runs without A century-5122 Runs.
Former Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq retired with 5122 ODI runs, which he scored in 149 games at an average of 43.40. He holds a weird record through. Misbah batted from number 3 to 6 in all but 7 matches of his career. Hence, it is surprising that the right-hander couldn’t manage to score a single three-figures score in ODIs, despite crossing the 50-run mark 42 times.
Ricky Pointing :
Most Matches As ODI Captain-230 Matches.
Arguably the greatest captain in the white-ball format, Ricky Pointing has led Australia in 230 ODI matches, winning 165 and with 51 losses. A massive winning percentage of 76.14. Only two other captains-Stephen Fleming and MS Dhoni -have captained their country in 200 or more ODIs. Apart from scoring over 13,000 runs in both Test and ODI, the Tasmania-born led his country to two World Cup triumphs in 2003 and 2007 during decade-long domination of Australian cricket in the world.
3 Consecutive World Cup Wins (1999, 2003,2007).
Australia has won a total of five 50-over World Cups so far-the most by any country. Under Allan Border, they grasped the trophy for the first time in 1987, before waiting for 12 years to claim it again. It also begins the rise of an untouchable, nigh-unbeatable Australian era, where they would see three consecutive World Cup Triumphs. Steve Waugh led the side to the 1999 world cup win in England beating Pakistan in the final; Ricky Pointing leveled it up with an enviable dominance in the 2003 and 2007 World Cup beating India and Sri Lanka respectively in the final.
Best ODI Bowling Figures-8/19
Chaminda Vaas holds the record for the best bowling figures in an ODI game; in a single spell of high-class pace bowling, he recorded 8/19 against Zimbabwe in 2001 in Colombo (SSC), bundling them for the total of just 38. Vaas took a hat-trick as well during his 8-wicket riot.
Most ODI Wickets-534
While Sachin Tendulkar’s record of most runs and most centuries in ODIs can be surpassed, it is Muttiah Muralitharan’s haul of 534 ODI wickets which seem the most insurmountable. And both are for the same reason-white-ball cricket getting more batting-friendly and more averse for the bowlers.