The game of cricket has witnessed several players who had and are enthralling one and all with their run-scoring exploits. No matter what the conditions are, what the venues are, their consistency made them stand out. Through this piece, we will be taking a look at the players who crossed the 9,000 runs in ODIs faster than others.
Now while the game has witnessed several players who scored heavily, this list features players who graced the game not very long ago. The reason behind the same is the late emergence of the limited-overs cricket in the game. Not surprisingly, the likes of Sir Don Bradman, Sir Viv Richards, Sunil Gavaskar and several other legendary cricketers are missing from this list.
So without further ado, we take a look at the players who are Fastest To 9000 Runs In ODIs.
1. Virat Kohli:
In the list of Fastest To 9000 Runs In ODIs, Virat Kohli is at the top of the list. The current India skipper reached the milestone in 202 matches and 194 innings.
One of the modern-day greats, Kohli also holds the world record for the fastest batsman to 10,000 runs in 205 innings. Kohli has the second highest number of centuries and the highest number of centuries in run-chases in ODIs. The right-handed batsman also holds several batting records including the fastest ODI century, the fastest batsman to 5,000 ODI runs and the fastest to 10 ODI centuries. Currently, he is the second-leading centurion in ODIs, going past the likes of Ricky Ponting, Sanath Jayasuriya and other legendary cricketers. Only Sachin Tendulkar is ahead of him in centuries.
2. AB de Villiers:
In the list of Fastest To 9000 Runs In ODIs, former South Africa skipper AB de Villiers is at the second place. One of the greatest entertainers the game has ever witnessed, de Villiers rarely disappointed. If his traditional stroke-play made the traditionalists drool, then his scarcely-believable wide array of unorthodox shots left this generation gasping for breath.
He scored a staggering 20,014 international runs (8765 in Tests, 9577 in ODIs and 1672 in T20Is). The right-hander also finished his career with a batting average over 50 in both Tests, and ODIs. He also holds the record for the fastest 50, fastest 100 and fastest 150 in ODIs, all coming against the Windies. The batting stalwart smashed a 31-ball 100 in Johannesburg in 2015 and hit a 66-ball 162 in the 2015 World Cup encounter in Sydney. He retired from international cricket earlier this year.
De Villiers took 214 matches and 205 innings to breach the 9,000-run mark in the 50-over format.
3. Sourav Ganguly:
In the list of Fastest To 9000 Runs In ODIs, former India skipper Sourav Ganguly is on the third position. It took him 236 matches and 228 innings to breach the 9,000-run mark in ODIs.
During his playing career, Ganguly established himself as one of the world’s leading batsmen and also one of the greatest captains of the national cricket team. While batting, he was especially prolific through the off side, earning himself the nickname God of the Off Side for his shots through the off side. His career was off to a poor start as he played just one ODI in 1992 before being dropped. His career finally took off when he scored a stunning ton on his Test debut in 1996 at the iconic Lord’s.
Ganguly scored 16 centuries in Test matches and 22 in ODIs. His 22-century in ODIs was the second best at the time of his retirement. One of the few players to cross the 10,000-run mark in ODIs, he ended his career with 7213 runs in 113 Tests and 11,363 runs in ODIs from 311 matches.
4. Sachin Tendulkar:
In the list of Fastest To 9000 Runs In ODIs, Sachin Tendulkar is at the fourth position. The legendary batsman retired from the game as the most decorated batsman in the history of cricket. The right-hander represented India over two decades.
The batting maestro finished his Test career with a record 15,921 runs in 200 Tests with the help of 51 centuries and 68 fifties. He had retired from the One-Day Internationals one year before hanging his boots in the Test format. His last appearance in the 50-overs cricket came against Pakistan in 2012 Asia Cup. The greatest ODI player of all time, he finished his illustrious career in the 50-over format with 463 ODIs, scoring 18,426 runs and made 49 centuries, each of them a world record.
In 2001, Sachin Tendulkar became the first batsman to complete 10,000 ODI runs in his 259 innings. In 2002, halfway through his career, Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack ranked him the second greatest Test batsman of all time, behind Don Bradman, and the second greatest ODI batsman of all time, behind Viv Richards.
Coming to the record, he crossed the 9,000-run mark in ODIs in 242 games and 235 innings.
5. Brian Lara:
In the list of Fastest To 9000 Runs In ODIs, former West Indies skipper Brian Lara is at fifth position. He achieved the milestone in 246 games and 239 innings. He finished his ODI career with 10,405 runs in 299 games including 19 tons and 63 fifties.
While Lara is definitely one of the greatest players in ODIs, his feats in Test cricket is even more fascinating. He topped the Test batting rankings on several occasions and holds several cricketing records, including the record for the highest individual score in first-class cricket, with 501 not out. The southpaw also holds the record for the highest individual score in a Test innings for his 400 not out knock against England.
He is the only batsman to have ever scored a century, a double century, a triple century, a quadruple century and a quintuple century in first-class games over the course of a senior career.
6. Ricky Ponting:
In the list of Fastest To 9000 Runs In ODIs, Ricky Ponting is at the sixth position. He crossed the 9,000-run mark in 248 games and 242 innings.
Ponting is one of the only few individuals to taste immense success as both captain and player. He led Australia to victory at the 2003 and 2007 Cricket World Cups and was also a member of the 1999 World Cup winning team under Steve Waugh. He retired from the game as Australia’s leading run-scorer in ODIs as well as Tests. Ponting is one of only four players (along with Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Jacques Kallis) in history to have scored 13,000 Test runs.
In ODIs, he amassed 13,704 runs in 375 games at an average of over 42 with the help of 30 centuries and 82 fifties.
7. Jacques Kallis:
In the list of Fastest To 9000 Runs In ODIs, former South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis is at the seventh position. He crossed the 9,000-run mark in 256 matches and 242 innings.
Kallis retired from the game as one of the most decorated players in the history of the game. The legendary allrounder scored heavily and took plenty of wickets in ODIs as well as Tests. Kallis scored over 11,000 runs and took nearly 300 in both the formats. In Tests, he scored 13,289 runs and picked up 292 wickets. In ODIs, he scored 11,579 runs and picked up 273 wickets.
8. MS Dhoni:
In the list of Fastest To 9000 Runs In ODIs, former India skipper is at the sixth position. He crossed the 9,000-run mark in 281 matches and 244 innings.
MS Dhoni’s ODI career was off to a forgettable start as he was run-out for a duck on his debut. However, the boy wonder from Ranchi went on to write one of the most beautiful scripts in the game both as a batsman and captain.
In just his 5th ODI, he scored a blistering 148 against Pakistan and did not look back since then. He established himself as one of India’s premier batsman in ODIs. The most memorable moment of Dhoni’s early part of the career arrived in 2007 when he led a bunch of youngsters to the World T20 title in South Africa.
He was soon given the captaincy in all the format, and the rest is all history. Till date, he is the only skipper to have won all the ICC events after leading India to World Cup glory in 2011 followed by the Champions Trophy title in 2013.
With the bat, Dhoni is one of the most successful wicketkeeper-batsmen in the history of the game. He is one of the handfuls of players to cross the 10,000-run mark in ODIs.
9. Mohammad Yousuf:
Yousuf is considered one of the finest batsmen to have played the game for Pakistan. He ended his ODI career with 9,720 runs with the help of 15 centuries and 64 fifties.
10. Rahul Dravid:
In the list of Fastest To 9000 Runs In ODIs, former India batsman Rahul Dravid is at the tenth spot. The right-handed batsman reached the milestone in 280 matches and 259 innings. While Dravid is more remembered for his exploits in the longest format of the game, his achievements in the 50-over format is equally impressive.
Despite not being the most aggressive of batsmen, Dravid is one of the just handfuls of batsmen to cross the 10,000-run barrier in ODIs. He ended his career with 10,889 runs with the help of 12 centuries and 83 fifties.
Here is the list showing players who are just outside the top ten:
|AC Gilchrist (AUS/ICC)||268||261|
|CH Gayle (ICC/WI)||266||261|
|KC Sangakkara (Asia/ICC/SL)||288||270|
|TM Dilshan (SL)||300||275|
|PA de Silva (SL)||298||288|
|ST Jayasuriya (SL)||299||291|
|M Azharuddin (INDIA)||320||294|
|DPMD Jayawardene (Asia/SL)||326||307|
Well, the list must have made it clear that the present cricketers are pretty much on top of the list. And with the modern-day game favoring the batsmen more, it would not be surprising, if these records get broken in coming days.
*The stats were updated on 18th November 2018.
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