Aiden Markram scored 1,000 runs in just six months since Test debut © Getty Images
Aiden Markram, South Africa

Aiden Markram, once a teenaged prodigy, was destined for a bright future. He led South Africa to their Under-19 World Cup triumph in 2014. It was earlier this season, in September 2017, that he made his Test debut and was run out for 97. In a career spanning six months, Markram has not only taken least Tests by a South Africa to amass 1,000 runs but also broke into the top 10 batsmen ranking, and also had the distinction of leading the country in ODIs.

Markram has taken 10 Tests and 18 innings to get to 1,000 runs. Graeme Smith reached to the mark in one innings less but had played 12 Tests. AB de Villiers, too, took 12 Tests but 20 innings to reach to the mark.

Markram reached the mark in 185 days, quickest South African in terms of time as well. Australia’s Michael Hussey took 166 days to reach the mark and that stands the only instance of a player taking lesser number of days to reach to the mark.

Herbert Sutcliffe and Everton Weekes hold the record of fastest to 1,000 runs in terms of innings. Both took 9 Tests and 12 innings to reach to the mark. Don Bradman took only 7 Tests but only reached the milestone in his 13th innings.

In terms of innings, Markram is behind Sutcliffe (12), Weekes (12), Bradman (13), Neil Harvey (14), Vinod Kambli (14), Len Hutton (16), Frank Worrell (16), Lawrence Rowe (16), George Headley (17), Syd Barnes (17), Graeme Smith (17) and Garry Ballance (17).

He is tied on 17 innings alongside Herbie Collins, Wally Hammond, Doug Walters, Mark Taylor, Jimmy Adams, Cheteshwar Pujara and Adam Voges.

Markram , who has already impressed Virat Kohli, has now climbed to ninth spot in the ICC Test Ranking for Batsmen.