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Virat Kohli becomes fastest batsman to reach 6000 ODI runs

Nitin
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09 Nov 2014, 20:53 IST
Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli,  in the 3rd ?ODI in the series against Sri Lanka on Sunday, became the quickest batsman to score 6000 runs in ODI cricket. The 26-year-old took only 136 innings to get to the landmark, in the process breaking a record set by Vivian Richards over 25 years ago. The West Indian great had taken 141 innings to score 6000 runs.

Kohli had previously equalled Richards' record by getting to 5000 runs in 114 ODI knocks. Since then, the Delhi batsman taken just 27 knocks to score another 1000 runs. The Royal Challengers Bangalore captain now has 6003 ODI runs to his name, at an average of 51.30.

In terms of matches, Kohli is now on top as well after getting to the mark in his 144th match. Former Indian Sourav Ganguly held the previous record, having gotten to the landmark in his 152th match.

Here are the 10 batsmen quickest to reach 6000 runs in ODI cricket:

No. Player Matches Innings
1 Virat Kohli (Ind) 144 136
2 Vivian Richards (WI) 156 141
3 Sourav Ganguly (India) 152 147
  AB de Villiers (SA) 153 147
5 Matthew Hayden (Aus) 160 154
6 Brian Lara (WI) 158 155
7 Dean Jones (Aus) 160 157
8 Gary Kirsten (SA) 160 160
  Graeme Smith (SA) 162 160
10 Desmond Haynes (WI) 163 162
  Saeed Anwar (Pak) 164 162
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