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The most dominating batting displays in the history of the ODI World Cups

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Over the extensive history of the ODI World Cup, numerous individuals have showcased remarkable prowess with either the bat or the ball, etching their names into the annals of history. Keeping this in mind, let's explore the most outstanding batting displays in the history of the Cricket World Cup.

Chris Gayle vs. Zimbabwe, 2015 World Cup

On a remarkable day, Chris Gayle showcased his unparalleled prowess as a formidable batsman on the global cricket stage. He etched his name into the record books during the World Cup 2015 Pool B clash in Canberra, where the West Indies faced off against Zimbabwe. The opening batsman for the Windies achieved a historic feat by scoring the first-ever 

double century in World Cup history, accomplishing this milestone in just 138 balls. Collaborating with Marlon Samuels, Gayle, the 35-year-old Jamaican, established the most significant One Day International (ODI) partnership, amassing a remarkable 372-run stand. Gayle's innings concluded on the final ball of the inning, having collected 215 runs from 147 balls, featuring an impressive tally of 16 sixes and ten boundaries. This remarkable performance marked only the fifth instance of a double century in the history of one-day international cricket. 

Martin Guptill vs. the West Indies 2015 World Cup

During the 2015 World Cup quarterfinal at Wellington's Westpac Stadium, Martin Guptill delivered an extraordinary performance that propelled New Zealand to a remarkable 143-run victory over the West Indies. Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum, having won the toss, chose to bat first. Under his leadership, the team posted an imposing total of 393 for six, primarily attributed to Guptill's unbeaten innings of 237. This score stands as the highest individual total in the history of the World Cup, showcasing Guptill's exceptional contribution to New Zealand's triumph in the quarterfinal match.

Kapil Dev vs. Zimbabwe, 1983 World Cup

Despite the top order of India contributing only nine runs collectively, the team secured a victory over Zimbabwe, mainly due to the remarkable performance of Kapil Dev. Serving as the skipper and batting at No. 6, Kapil Dev played an unbeaten innings of 175 runs off 138 balls. His outstanding effort propelled India to a total of 266/8. In the subsequent innings, Zimbabwe managed to score only 235 runs, resulting in a 31-run loss for them. Kapil Dev's exceptional batting played a pivotal role in India's successful outcome against Zimbabwe.

Andrew Strauss vs. India, 2011 World Cup

As Andrew Strauss took his position at the crease to open England's response in the 2011 tournament, the team faced the challenging task of chasing down 339 runs to win against the tournament hosts, India. Strauss showcased an exceptional performance, scoring 158 runs from 145 balls and steering his team to the brink of victory. However, in a dramatic turn of events, the game concluded in a tie as the English side also managed to score 338 runs within their allotted 50 overs. Despite Strauss's impressive innings, the match ultimately resulted in a closely contested draw between England and India.

Ricky Ponting vs. India, 2003 World Cup

The Australian team considered the favourites, faced a formidable Indian side in the 2003 World Cup final. The Indian team had the potential to pose challenges, but Australian captain Ricky Ponting dispelled all concerns with a match-winning, unbeaten 140. This stellar innings secured Australia's victory in the ODI World Cup for the third time.

The One-Day International (ODI) World Cup undeniably stands as the pinnacle event in a cricketer's career, presenting an indescribable level of pressure for players. Participating in the World Cup provides a unique chance for a player to ascend to superstar status in their home nation, and the tournament has witnessed exceptional batting displays to date.