List of Batsmen to score Fastest 6000 Runs in ODI Cricket
The One-day International (ODI) cricket had witnessed a sudden surge when it was relatively a new format. It further attracted the fresh broadcasting giants that revolutionised it in recent years. The day-long format has had witnessed some thrilling individual performances apart from the last-ball thrillers. Pertinently, batsmen to score fastest 6000 runs in ODI cricket has left an indelible mark in one way or another.
Let’s have a look at the batsmen to score fastest 6000 runs in ODI cricket:
- Hashim Amla 123 ODI innings:
South African National Team stalwart Hashim Amla played a quintessential role for his national side, particularly in the One-day Internationals. The right-handed batsman Amla further amassed runs at a pace to top the chart of batsmen to score fastest 6000 runs in ODI cricket.
Moreover, Amla tops the ladder to smash fastest 6000 runs in ODI circuit. The batting prodigy took 123 innings for his milestone. Amla further achieved it against India at Wankhede on 25th of October, 2015. It’s pertinent to mention that he was playing his 126th ODI.
Amla who made his ODI debut in March 2008 took seven years and 230 days to reach 6000-run mark in the 50-over format.
- Virat Kohli 136 ODI innings:
Virat Kohli who is universally regarded as one of the champion batsmen in the cricketing world, took 136 ODI innings to go past the tally of 6000 runs. He achieved the landmark against Sri Lanka National Cricket Team at Hyderabad on 9th of November 2014.
The top-order batsman Kohli has bagged a couple of records to his name. After making his ODI debut in August 2008, Kohli took six years and 83 days to amass 6000-plus total while donning national colours.
Overall, Kohli who further had a burgeoning success in the white-ball cricket was playing his 144th ODI. He is second among the top-notch batsmen to score fastest 6000 runs in ODI cricket
- Vivian Richards 141 ODI innings:
Windies renowned batsman, Vivian Richards during his ODI stint, grabbed eyeballs for his rollicking home and away performances. The right-handed batsman consumed 141 ODI innings—to go past 600-run mark on January 7th 1989 against Pakistan at Gabba.
Richards made his ODI debut in June 1975 which eventually saw him taking 13 years and 214 days to score 6000-odd ODI runs.
Overall in 187 ODIs, the Antigua-born Richards struck 11 hundreds and 45 fifties. For Windies, he scored 6721 runs at the average of 47.
- Sourav Ganguly 147 ODI innings:
Former Indian National Cricket Team skipper Sourav Ganguly consumed 147 innings to become the fastest to smash 6000 runs in the ODI fold.
The southpaw Ganguly had a knack of scoring runs freely, and he did it smartly while donning national colours. Ganguly achieved the mark against Zimbabwe at the historic Sharjah Stadium on October 26, 2000. Back then, he was playing his 152nd ODI game for the Men in Blue.
Bengal fame Ganguly made his ODI debut on 11 January 1992. He took eight years and 289 days to reach 6000-run mark in the day-long format.
- AB de Villiers 147 ODI innings:
Celebrated cricketer AB de Villiers delivered goods across formats for South Africa. In 2018, his shocking retirement announcement might have left his fans dejected, but he had already done plenty for the Proteas.
To back his numbers, the right-handed Pretoria-based batsman de Villiers averages 53.50 in ODIs. He represented South Africa in 228 ODIs to amass 9577 runs. He attributed his ODI success with 25 tons and 53 fifties.
On November 11, 2013, De Villiers went past 6000-run mark against Pakistan at Sharjah. The aggressive batsman took 147 ODIs innings to achieve the milestone. Interestingly, it took him eight years and 282 days to amass 6000 ODI runs, to become overall fifth quickest in the history.
- Matthew Hayden 154 ODI innings:
Australian National Cricket Team southpaw Matthew Hayden has also graced the coveted list after taking 154 ODI innings to register 6000 runs. The prolific striker Hayden achieved the milestone against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on March 2nd, 2008.
After making his ODI debut in May 1993, Hayden didn’t look back. He had a remarkable ODI record on his back before breaking into the top ten of the list of batsmen to score fastest 6000 runs in ODI cricket.
For being fastest to amass 6000 ODI runs, Hayden took 14 years and 288 days while playing his 158th ODI.
Hayden during his ODI stint not only provided an impetus to his national side but he went on to clinch games for the Kangaroos.
- Brian Lara 155 ODI innings:
Brian Lara with his complacent approach has taken a toll on the bowlers. He not only made things ridiculously easy in the white-ball cricket, but went on to bag staggering numbers under his belt.
The southpaw Lara made his ODI debut in November 1990, before setting his sights on multiple records. During his ODI career, Lara became second fastest for the Windies to smash 6000 ODI runs. He took 155 innings before achieving the feat against Bangladesh at Dhaka on 9th of October 1999.
Overall, since his first ODI game, Lara took eight years and 334 days to amass 6000-plus ODI runs. Lara is second after Sir Vivian Richards among Windies batsmen to score fastest 6000 runs in ODI cricket
- Dean Jones 157 ODI innings:
Australian-cricket-turned-commentator and coach Dean Jones did his best for Australia while donning the colours. He is the eighth-ranked batsmen to score fastest 6000 runs in ODI cricket
The Melbourne-born veteran represented Australia in overall 164 ODIs to amass 6068 runs at the average of 44.61. He further struck seven hundreds and 46 fifties between 1984 and 1994.
Jones became one of the fastest to score 6000 ODI runs while featuring in his 157th ODI innings. He achieved the feat against South Africa at Port Elizabeth on February 22, 1994. Eventually, it took Jones 10 years and 23 days to go past the tally of 6000 ODI runs. Besides, he featured in his 160th ODI.
- Martin Guptill 157 ODI innings:
Kiwis contemporary opening batsman Martin Guptill has also achieved the feat in his 157th ODI innings. On January 3rd, 2019, he achieved the milestone for becoming batsmen to score fastest 6000 runs in ODI cricket while facing Sri Lanka at Mount Maunganui.
The prominent figure in the Black Caps’ camp Guptill, who made his ODI debut in January 2009, took nine years and 358 days to amass 6000-runs while playing his 160th ODI.
The prolific run-scorer Guptill played a sensational role for the New Zealanders while donning the national colours. He has been impactful white-ball batsman for the Kiwis.
Gary Kirsten 160 ODI innings.
South African batsman Gary Kirsten played an imperative role in the progress of the Proteas team. He is the second batsman after de Villiers to break into the list of fastest to score 6000 runs in ODIs.
Kirsten took 160 innings to surpass 6000-run mark. He claimed the record on October 22nd in 2001 while taking on Kenya at Newlands in Cape Town. Overall, he became tenth overall batsmen to score fastest 6000 runs in ODI cricket.
Interestingly, Kirsten, who made his ODI debut in December 1993, took seven years and 312 days to amass 6000 runs in day-long format.
Table for the batsmen to score fastest 6000 runs in ODI cricket:
|Serial No.||Player||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Time Takes||Matches||Innings|
|1||HM Amla (SA)||v India||Mumbai||25 Oct 2015||7y 230d||126||123|
|2||V Kohli (INDIA)||v Sri Lanka||Hyderabad (Deccan)||9 Nov 2014||6y 83d||144||136|
|3||IVA Richards (WI)||v Pakistan||Brisbane||7 Jan 1989||13y 214d||156||141|
|4||SC Ganguly (INDIA)||v Zimbabwe||Sharjah||26 Oct 2000||8y 289d||152||147|
|5||AB de Villiers (Afr/SA)||v Pakistan||Sharjah||11 Nov 2013||8y 282d||153||147|
|6||ML Hayden (AUS/ICC)||v India||Sydney||2 Mar 2008||14y 288d||160||154|
|7||BC Lara (WI)||v Bangladesh||Dhaka||9 Oct 1999||8y 334d||158||155|
|8||DM Jones (AUS)||v South Africa||Port Elizabeth||22 Feb 1994||10y 23d||160||157|
|9||MJ Guptill (NZ)||v Sri Lanka||Mount Maunganui||3 Jan 2019||9y 358d||160||157|
|10||G Kirsten (SA)||v Kenya||Cape Town||22 Oct 2001||7y 312d||160||160|
|11||GC Smith (Afr/SA)||v India||Johannesburg||15 Jan 2011||8y 291d||162||160|
|12||DL Haynes (WI)||v Sri Lanka||Rajkot||19 Oct 1989||11y 239d||163||162|
|13||Saeed Anwar (PAK)||v India||Jaipur||24 Mar 1999||10y 82d||164||162|
|14||RG Sharma (INDIA)||v Australia||Nagpur||1 Oct 2017||10y 100d||168||162|
|15||RT Ponting (AUS)||v West Indies||Kingston||17 May 2003||8y 91d||169||166|
|16||MS Dhoni (Asia/INDIA)||v Sri Lanka||Mumbai||2 Apr 2011||6y 100d||186||166|
|17||LRPL Taylor (NZ)||v South Africa||Christchurch||22 Feb 2017||10y 358d||180||166|
|18||ME Waugh (AUS)||v Sri Lanka||Melbourne||7 Feb 1999||10y 58d||172||167|
|19||MG Bevan (AUS)||v England||Adelaide||19 Jan 2003||8y 280d||193||167|
|20||JH Kallis (SA)||v England||The Oval||28 Jun 2003||7y 170d||175||167|
|21||Yousuf Youhana (PAK)||v Sri Lanka||Karachi||6 Oct 2004||6y 192d||178||168|
|22||CH Gayle (ICC/WI)||v England||Nottingham||7 Jul 2007||7y 299d||171||168|
|23||SR Tendulkar (INDIA)||v Pakistan||Dhaka||14 Jan 1998||8y 27d||176||170|
|24||R Dravid (INDIA)||v West Indies||Vadodara||18 Nov 2002||6y 229d||187||171|
|25||AC Gilchrist (AUS)||v Zimbabwe||Hobart||16 Jan 2004||7y 83d||180||174|
|26||MJ Clarke (AUS)||v New Zealand||Nagpur||25 Feb 2011||8y 37d||190||174|
|27||Javed Miandad (PAK)||v Sri Lanka||Rawalpindi||19 Jan 1992||16y 222d||185||175|
|28||Tamim Iqbal (BDESH)||v Zimbabwe||Dhaka||23 Jan 2018||10y 348d||177||175|
|29||Inzamam-ul-Haq (PAK)||v New Zealand||Derby||28 May 1999||7y 187d||186||176|
|30||MS Atapattu (SL)||v Bangladesh||Pietermaritzburg||14 Feb 2003||12y 75d||182||180|
|31||NJ Astle (NZ)||v Australia||Melbourne (Docklands)||5 Dec 2004||9y 318d||186||182|
|32||HH Gibbs (SA)||v Australia||Johannesburg||12 Mar 2006||9y 160d||185||184|
|33||BRM Taylor (ZIM)||v South Africa||Paarl||6 Oct 2018||14y 169d||185||184|
|34||EJG Morgan (ENG/IRE)||v New Zealand||Wellington||3 Mar 2018||11y 210d||198||185|
|35||S Chanderpaul (WI)||v South Africa||Jaipur||2 Nov 2006||12y 16d||202||190|
|36||V Sehwag (Asia/ICC/INDIA)||v England||Bengaluru||23 Nov 2008||9y 236d||195||190|
|37||KC Sangakkara (Asia/ICC/SL)||v England||Colombo (RPS)||13 Oct 2007||7y 100d||208||192|
|38||Yuvraj Singh (Asia/INDIA)||v Pakistan||Karachi||2 Jul 2008||7y 273d||210||192|
|39||WU Tharanga (Asia/SL)||v Zimbabwe||Galle||30 Jun 2017||11y 332d||203||192|
|40||A Flower (ZIM)||v India||Colombo (RPS)||14 Sep 2002||10y 203d||196||193|
|41||PA de Silva (SL)||v Zimbabwe||Sharjah||3 Apr 1997||13y 3d||200||194|
|42||GW Flower (ZIM)||v Kenya||Sharjah||5 Apr 2003||10y 162d||201||196|
|43||Mohammad Hafeez (PAK)||v New Zealand||Nelson||9 Jan 2018||14y 281d||197||196|
|44||TM Dilshan (SL)||v India||Adelaide||14 Feb 2012||12y 65d||227||203|
|45||M Azharuddin (INDIA)||v Pakistan||Toronto||17 Sep 1996||11y 241d||222||205|
|46||A Ranatunga (SL)||v Bangladesh||Colombo (SSC)||22 Jul 1997||15y 158d||216||205|
|47||Younis Khan (PAK)||v New Zealand||Hamilton||3 Feb 2011||10y 355d||212||205|
|48||Shoaib Malik (PAK)||v England||Abu Dhabi||11 Nov 2015||16y 28d||228||205|
|49||SP Fleming (NZ)||v South Africa||Christchurch||17 Feb 2004||9y 329d||214||206|
|50||ST Jayasuriya (SL)||v India||Sharjah||29 Oct 2000||10y 308d||217||209|
|51||DPMD Jayawardene (Asia/SL)||v Pakistan||Jaipur||17 Oct 2006||8y 266d||225||209|
|52||RB Richardson (WI)||v Australia||Brisbane||7 Jan 1996||12y 21d||217||210|
|53||Ijaz Ahmed (PAK)||v West Indies||Bristol||16 May 1999||12y 183d||227||210|
|54||Saleem Malik (PAK)||v India||Toronto||23 Sep 1996||14y 255d||235||212|
|55||BB McCullum (NZ)||v Australia||Auckland||3 Feb 2016||14y 17d||258||226|
|56||AR Border (AUS)||v Pakistan||Melbourne||12 Jan 1993||13y 365d||247||229|
|57||SR Waugh (AUS)||v India||The Oval||4 Jun 1999||13y 146d||264||240|
*The stats (batsmen to score fastest 6000 runs in ODI cricket) were updated on January 4, 2019.
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