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India’s highest ODI run chases
Team India successfully chased down 300+ targets even before the start of the 21st century, in 2000 and 1998, but they became a better chasing side only after the inspirational effort by Mohammad Kaif and Yuvraj Singh in the 2002 NatWest Final, which they won by successfully chasing 326. Having been a bat-first team for much of the 2000s, the Men in Blue are probably the only team who like to chase down scores in ODI cricket as often as they do. Because they have the batsmen to chase any score, they feel more comfortable chasing than setting a target. While 362 against Australia remains the highest target achieved by India, 330/4 is the highest run chase by India against Pakistan, in ODI cricket.
Over the last 10 years, Virat Kohli has starred in seven of the above listed 18 highest ODI run chases by India, earning the current Indian skipper the title “chase master”. Rohit Sharma, Kedar Jadhav, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, and Robin Uthappa have been some of the other heroes in chasing targets above 300.
Of late, not just India but international teams, in general, have been helped by the change in rules and regulations and their favouring the batting teams and batsmen more than the fielding teams and bowlers. The rules being talked about are powerplays and the allowance to station just four fielders outside the 30-yard circle from overs 11-40.
But we also cannot deny the fact that the batsmen have taken their game to another level, while the bowlers have stagnated and not really come up with the answers to the changing dynamics of ODI cricket.