Most runs in ODIs since Sachin Tendulkar's retirement

New Zealand v Pakistan - 3rd ODI
In nine ICC World Cup 2015 matches, Williamson scored 234 runs
Tanya Rudra
Modified 03 Dec 2017
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Sachin Tendulkar flourished in a generation when Test cricket was the most cherished format of the game.

After making his international debut in 1989, it took Sachin five years to make a successful transition from the longest format of the game to one-day cricket.

Tendulkar started opening in ODIs in 1994 and scored his first ton in the 50-over format. Since that 110 against Australia in Colombo, there was no looking back for the Master Blaster.

During an ODI career that lasted 22 years and 91 days, Tendulkar amassed 18,426 runs from 463 matches at an average of 44.83 and fell just one short of a half-century of hundreds in the limited-overs format.

He was also the first batsman to score an ODI double hundred (200*), a feat he managed against South Africa on 24th February 2010.

Although it's been more than four years since Tendulkar's retirement, his numbers still continue to be a benchmark when it comes to judging the capabilities of a modern-day ODI batsman.

Now, let's have a look at the top five men who are going full throttle to make a lasting impression in the 50-over format since the day Tendulkar decided to hang his boots from all forms of International cricket.

(The statistics included are between 16 Nov 2013 and 1 Dec 2017)

#5 Kane Williamson

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson has played 71 ODIs in the last four years and scored 3,411 runs at an average of 51.68.

Although the Kiwi batsman has been quite exceptional throughout his career, his exploits stood out in the year 2015.

Out of Williamson's six ODI tons, three came in 2015 as he became the first New Zealand batsman to score more than 2000 international runs in a calendar year.

In nine ICC World Cup 2015 matches, Williamson scored 234 runs at an average of 33.42.

Since Tendulkar's retirement, Williamson's highest ODI score has been the 123 that came against Pakistan at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

Brendon McCullum's able successor led by example as he scored his fourth ODI century to help the visitors post 299 for five. Pakistan looked very much in contention before eventually finishing on 292 for eight as New Zealand pulled off a series-levelling win in December 2014 courtesy Williamson's brilliant knock.

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