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Stats: AB de Villiers breaks Sourav Ganguly's record

AB de Villiers breaks Sourav Ganguly's world record of being the fastest to score 8000 ODI runs.

AB looked dangerous

After a gap of 13 years, Sourav Ganguly’s record of being the fastest to reach 8000 runs in one-day international (ODI) cricket has been broken by the swashbuckling AB de Villiers today. The South African batsman took 182 innings to reach the milestone whereas Ganguly belted the same numbers in 200 innings.

In the match against New Zealand, De Villiers played an important innings to give a strong platform to the Proteas, who finished at 283 for the loss of 7 wickets in 50 overs.

The Kiwis were desperate for De Villiers’ wicket because he looked in good rhythm and was becoming a headache for the bowlers. It was Doug Bracewell who finally brought relief to the visitors when he clean bowled De Villiers after the latter reached 64 runs off 48 balls which included 8 boundaries and 1 six. 

Bracewell bowled a slower delivery, on a good length, and as De Villiers looked to drive through cover, the ball sneaked through bat and pad and hit the off stump. It was a massive wicket for New Zealand, but by then De Villiers had already entered the record books, for the umpteenth time.

Fastest to 8000 runs in ODIs

Player Opposition Ground Debut Time Mats Inns
AB de Villiers (Afr/SA)  New Zealand Durban 2 Feb 2005 10y 205d 190 182
SC Ganguly (India) West Indies Nagpur 11 Jan 1992 10y 302d 208 200
SR Tendulkar (India) Pakistan Manchester 18 Dec 1989 9y 172d 217 210
BC Lara (WI) Australia St George's 9 Nov 1990 12y 204d 216 211
MS Dhoni (Asia/India) New Zealand Wellington 23 Dec 2004 9y 39d 243 214
Saeed Anwar (Pak) Sri Lanka Sharjah 1 Jan 1989 12y 102d 221 218
DL Haynes (WI) Pakistan Johannesburg 22 Feb 1978 15y 5d 220 219
RT Ponting (Aus/ICC) England Chester-le-Street 15 Feb 1995 10y 128d 225 220
CH Gayle (ICC/WI) Bangladesh Dhaka 11 Sep 1999 11y 174d 226 221
ME Waugh (Aus) West Indies Melbourne 11 Dec 1988 12y 60d 230 223
  • De Villiers is the only batsman to score 8000 runs in less than 200 ODIs.
  • It took De Villiers 10 years and 205 days to reach the landmark.
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