Cricket is a sport which has given more options for individual records than any other sports. Bowling, Batting, Wicket-keeping, fielding and captaining, every aspect of Cricket has yielded galore of records. Today we’ll talk about one more record associated with ODI Batting. Here we’ll discuss batsmen who scored the fastest 6000 runs in ODIs.
The Dada of Indian Cricket, the prince of Calcutta as Geoffrey Boycott would address the former India Captain and opening batsman, is on the fifth pedal of the list of those who scored the fastest 6000 runs in ODIs. Sourav scored his 6000th run in his 147th innings in his 152nd ODI match.
One more great of the game, AB De Villiers has scored his 6000th run in as many innings as the former Indian Cricketer took for these runs, but on the number of matches he misses out as he reached this feat in 153 ODI matches.
Sourav, who changed to Cricket Administration later and reached the top position of BCCI via his stint at Cricket Association of Bengal, reached this feat against Zimbabwe at Sharjah on October 26, 2000, which was the fifth match of the Coca-Cola Champions Trophy.
If we go by the chronology of this record, Ganguly was the second fastest to 6000 ODI runs behind Viv Richards for a good fourteen years before Virat Kohli surpassed both these greats.
4. Viv Richards
Former West Indian great, Sir Vivian Richards, or Viv Richards as he was called, is on the fourth pedal of the list of those who scored the fastest 6000 runs in ODIs. Richards scored his 6000th run in his 141st innings in his 156th ODI match.
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The Master Blaster of yesteryear, thus, goes below on the list if the number of ODI matches were counted for the feat. Viv reached this feat against Pakistan at Brisbane on January 7, 1989. He stayed atop the list of fastest to 6000 ODI runs for 25 years before Kohli changed the record listings.
Richards scored his 6000th ODI run in Benson & Hedges World Series.
Kane Williamson of New Zealand is on the third pedal of the list of those who scored the fastest 6000 runs in ODIs. Williamson, the Cool Cat as he is called, scored his 6000th run in his 139th innings in his 146th ODI match.
Among the most prolific batsman coming from the Oceania nation, Kane was never in contention of topping the list for this record. He scored his 6000th ODI run against Australia at the Mother of Cricket, Lord’s on June 29, 2019 during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
2. Virat Kohli
The Indian Run Machine & Record Machine of Current Era, Virat Kohli is on the second pedal of the list of those who scored the fastest 6000 runs in ODIs. Kohli, the Chase Master as he is called, scored his 6000th run in his 136th innings in his 144th ODI match.
The Delhi Cricketer and Indian Cricket team Captain, Kohli stayed atop the list almost for a year before Hashim Amla would eventually be the table topper of this record. Virat reached this feat against Sri Lanka at Hyderabad on November 9, 2014 in a bilateral home ODI series against the touring island nation.
1. Hashim Amla
The South African Mr. Consistent has led quite a few batting records without even taking the limelight that other cricketers have got for lesser milestones. Hash, the former international cricketer, tops the list of those who scored the fastest 6000 runs in ODIs. Amla scored his 6000th run in his 123rd innings in his 126th ODI match.