One-day International, aka ODI, is a form of cricket consisting of 50 overs. Each team can play a maximum of 50 overs to complete their innings. When this format got introduced, West Indies came out as the most dangerous team. West Indies were the most feared team if we talk about the 1970s and 1980s. They won ODI World Cups in 1975 and 1979 and reached the final of the 1983 edition. If we talk about nowadays, West Indies have fallen below many nations in this format. Many great batters have arisen from the Caribbean. We will look at the Top 10 West Indies cricketers with the most runs in ODIs below.
1. Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle is one of the greatest big-hitters in cricket history. He possesses the ability to hit sixes at will without any hitch. The Universe Boss had made rapid strides in international cricket. He has been playing ODIs since the turn of the 20th century. In this format, Gayle has played 298 matches and scored 10,425 runs. He is one of the great batters to cross the 10,000-run mark in ODIs. He has hit 53 fifties and 25 centuries in this format for the men in maroon.
2. Brian Lara
Brian Lara is one of the legends of international cricket. He has always ruled the batting charts whenever he arrived on the crease. The Prince of Port of Spain was one of the consistent batters of the West Indies cricket team. He has scored the second-most runs for the West Indies Cricket Team in the ODI format. Lara has 10,348 runs to his name. Apart from that, he scored 62 half-centuries and 19 centuries in this format.
3. Shivnarine Chanderpaul
Shivnarine Chanderpaul is the left-handed batter who represented the West Indian cricket team. He started playing for West Indies in the mid-1990s and retired in 2011 during the 2011 ODI World Cup. The former West Indies skipper is known for his unusual batting stance. He has played 268 ODI matches, where he scored 8778 runs with the highest score of 150. He hit 59 half-centuries and 11 centuries in the process.
4. Desmond Haynes
Desmond Haynes is a right-handed batter who played for the West Indies cricket team. He was a part of the Caribbean team that was the most feared side in the 1980s. Haynes started his ODI career in 1978, which lasted until 1994, playing over 15 years. He played 238 ODIs in which he scored 8648 runs, including 57 fifties and 17 centuries. His highest score in this format is an unbeaten 152.
5. Viv Richards
Sir Vivian Richards, aka Viv Richards, is a former West Indies batsman who had also captained his country. He was known for his big-hitting capabilities in the 1980s when only a few did so. He also contributed with his bowling whenever he was required to bowl. His cricket career lasted for nearly 16 years. Richards scored 6721 runs in 187 matches with the help of 45 half-centuries and 11 centuries. His highest score is an unbeaten 189.
6. Richie Richardson
Sir Richie Richardson, real name Richard Benjamin Richardson, is a former West Indies cricketer whose primary role in the team was as a batter. He also captained the Caribbean side in the early 1990s, taking the position after Viv Richards stepped down from his captaincy duties. In his 13year career, Richardson scored 6248 runs in ODIs with the help of 44 fifties and five centuries.
7. Ramnaresh Sarwan
Ramnaresh Sarwan is a former right-handed batter who represented the West Indies team. He also performed the captaincy duties while representing his country. He played for the Caribbean side for 13 years, where he scored 5804 runs in the ODI format. He made these runs with the help of 38 half-centuries and five centuries, with the highest score of an unbeaten 120.
8. Carl Hooper
Carl Hooper is a former West Indies great who played as an all-rounder. He was a right-handed batter and bowled off-spin. He started his international cricket career in 1987. Hooper also captained the Windies side in tests and ODIs. He played over 200 ODI matches, where he scored 5761 runs with the help of 29 half-centuries and seven centuries.
9. Marlon Samuels
Marlon Samuels is a former Caribbean cricketer who represented his country from 2000 to 2018. He batted right-handed and bowled right-arm off-spin. Marlon won the Man of the Match award in the two T20 World Cup finals, where West Indies won. Talking about his ODI batting numbers, he has 5606 runs to his name with 30 half-centuries and ten centuries.
10. Gordon Greenidge
Sir Gordon Greenidge, whose full name is Cuthbert Gordon Greenidge, is a former cricketer who represented the West Indies in international cricket. He was a right-handed batter. Greenidge started his international cricket career in 1974 and played his first ODI in 1975. He was a part of the Windies side in 128 ODIs, in which he scored 5134 runs with the highest score of an unbeaten 133. He also hit 31 fifties and 11 tons.