Stats: Hashim Amla surpasses Virat Kohli’s fastest 6K ODI run

Hashim Amla has become the fastest cricketer to reach 6000 international runs in ODI cricket at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. He overtook the previous record held by Virat Kohli. Amla did it in 123 innings while Kohli achieved it in 136 innings.

The Indian batsman Virat Kohli reached the six thousand run mark on November 9, 2014, against Sri Lanka at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad. Virat achieved it breaking Vivian Richards’ for the 15-year-old record.

Amla has also become the fastest South African batsman to reach 6000 runs. He surpassed  AB de Villiers’ achievement in 147 innings.

Amla, 32, registered 21 hundred and 28 half-centuries so far. He also has the highest batting average, 52.70 among the five fastest batsmen to enter the list of elites.

Hashim Amla made his ODI debut against Bangladesh in 2008 at Chittagong. He hit his first century also against Bangladesh at Benoni. He played a brilliant 140 run innings which was comprised of 8 boundaries and 4 sixes.

However, the right-handed batsman made his international debut in 2004. But he got an opportunity to sport the colour jersey four years later.

After the departure of Herschelle Gibbs, Amla was promoted as the opener of the South Africa. He and Graeme Smith provided a  solid platform for the South African middle order for a while. Graeme Smith retired from international cricket in 2013. 22-year-old wicketkeeper batsman Quinton de Kock was urged to open the innings along with experienced Amla. And they duo have been doing well. 

Amla’s highest score 159 came against Ireland in the 2015 World Cup Down Under.

 

 

Here is the list of top 5 batsmen who reached the 6000 run mark in less number of innings

Batsmen

Opposition

Ground

Match date

Debut

Innings

Hashim Amla (SA)

India

Mumbai

25 Oct 2015

9 March 2008

123

Virat Kohli(IND)

Sri Lanka

Hyderabad

9 Nov 2014

18 Aug 2008

136

Viv Richards(WI)

Pakistan

Brisbane

7 Jan 1989

7 June 1975

141

Sourav Ganguly(IND)

Zimbabwe

Sharjah

26 Oct 2000

11 Jan 1992

147

AB de Villiers(SA)

Pakistan

Sharjah

11 No, 2013

2 Feb, 2005

147

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