Stats: Hashim Amla becomes the fastest to 5000 ODI runs
South Africa’s Hashim Amla broke Virat Kohli’s and Sir Vivian Richards’ joint record for the fastest to reach 5000 runs in One-Day International (ODI) cricket during the ongoing 1st ODI against West Indies at Kingsmead, Durban. Amla has reached the landmark in a mere 101 innings.
Kohli had equalled Richards’ record against West Indies in 2013 after reaching the landmark in 114 innings, but Amla now stands right on top of the list. The South African batsman was also the quickest to 2000, 3000 and 4000 runs in ODI cricket.
South Africa got off to a shaky start after winning the toss and choosing to bat first as both Rilee Rossouw and Faf du Plessis were dismissed for ducks, leaving the Proteas in deep trouble at 16 for 2. The current South African Test captain, however, managed to rescue the South African innings along with ODI skipper AB de Villiers as the duo stitched together a partnership of 99 for the 3rd wicket.
Just as the hosts were starting to take control of the match, some excellent fielding by Andre Russell resulted in Amla being run-out for a fluent 66.
As we speak, South Africa are 139/3 after 24 overs with de Villiers and David Miller at the crease.
Here is a list of the fastest batsmen to reach 5,000 ODI runs (innings):
|1||Hashim Amla||101||West Indies|
|Virat Kohli||114||West Indies|
|4||Brian Lara||118||South Africa|
|6||AB de Villiers||124||England|
|10||Matthew Hayden||133||South Africa|
*Stats updated till January 16, 2015