Let us look at the three 175s scored by Indian batsmen.
1.Virender Sehwag vs Bangladesh in 2011
It was the group-stage match against Bangladesh and Virender
Sehwag went all guns blazing against the poor bowlers. He scored handy
partnerships with Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli, which
helped India post 370 runs onboard. Sehwag blasted 175 runs from 140 balls,
with 14 fours and 5 sixes.
Tamim Iqbal (70) and Shakib Al Hasan (55) fought back well,
but their innings ended at 283.
2. Sachin Tendulkar vs Australia in 2009
The 5th ODI of Australia’s tour of India in 2009 saw an
absolute run-feast at Hyderabad. Batting first, Australia posted a mammoth 350
with the help of Shaun Marsh (112) and Shane Watson (93).
In reply, Sachin Tendulkar made a wonderful 175 which almost
helped India cross the shores. At the end of 47th over, the equation was just
19 off 18 balls. But Tendulkar fell for Mckay in the next ball and India
eventually fell short by 3 runs. Tendulkar crafted his 175 from 141 balls with
19 fours and 4 sixes.
He was adjudged the Man of the Match for the sensational
3. Kapil Dev vs Zimbabwe during the 1983 World Cup
Many cricket pundits consider this as the greatest innings
ever played by an Indian batsman in the Limited Overs Cricket.
Since the broadcasters of the tournament, BBC – were on
strike on that day, the video footage wasn’t available to anyone.
It was a must-win match for India against Zimbabwe in the
1983 World Cup. India won the toss and elected to bat first. But the Zimbabwe
bowlers Kevin Curran and Peter Rawson breathed fire and India were pushed to
In came the Indian captain Kapil Dev, at No.6. He made a
handy partnership of 60 runs with Roger Binny for the 7th wicket before the
latter was trapped leg-before by John Traicos. An early departure of Ravi
Shastri made the situation worse and the scorecard read 78/7.
The next batsman Madan Lal gave good support to Kapil,
scoring 17 off 39-balls. The partnership helped India reach 140/8 before Lal
was scalped by Curran. When the last batsman Syed Kirmani came in to bat, none
were aware of the majestic partnership yet to come.
Kapil shifted his gears, and sixes and fours began to flow
off his bat continuously. He didn’t even spare their ace bowlers -Kevin Curran
and Peter Rawson who were sensational in their first spell.
At the end of the 60-over mark, India were at 266/8, and
Kapil Dev scored 175 runs from 138 balls with 16 fours and 6 sixes. Kirmani
remained not out on 24 off 56 deliveries, which also deserved a huge
They added 126 runs for the 9th wicket, a record that stood
for almost 27 years until Angelo Mathews and Lasith Malinga broke it in 2010.
The Indian bowlers utilized the seaming conditions as they
restricted Zimbabwe for 235, and ensured a 31-run victory for India. The win
gave India a place in the semi-finals. What happened at Lord’s in the final is
history, as ‘Kapil’s Devils’ defeated the mighty West Indies to be crowned the
If broadcasted, that video would have found a
place in every cricket fan’s collection.