Virat Kohli became the fastest player to 6,000 ODI runs © PTI
Virat Kohli became the fastest player to 6,000 ODI runs © PTI

Within a week of each other, Virat Kohli became the fastest batsman to reach 6000 One-Day International (ODI) runs, while AB de Villiers broke Sourav Ganguly’s long-standing record to 7000 ODI runs. Shiamak Unwalla looks at the current record-holders of the fastest ODI 1000s.

1,000: Of all the batsmen to get to the 1,000-run mark in ODIs — and there have been a lot of them — most of the names are to be expected. Perhaps the one surprising name on the list is that of Quinton de Kock, but as the Indians can attest to, he is quite a talent.

Name

Team

M

I

Viv Richards

West Indies

22

21

Kevin Pietersen

England, ICC

27

21

Jonathan Trott

England

21

21

Quinton de Kock

South Africa

21

21

Gordon Greenidge

West Indies

23

23

There are two West Indians, two Englishmen, and a South African in the top five quickest men to get to the landmark. This should be noted for further reference.

2,000: Hashim Amla makes a roaring entry to the list, overthrowing Viv Richards — who falls to the fifth spot — in terms of fastest batsmen to 2,000 ODI runs. At No. 2 is another ‘debutant’, Zaheer Abbas.

Name

Team

M

I

Hashim Amla

South Africa

41

40

Zaheer Abbas

Pakistan

45

45

Kevin Pietersen

England, ICC

51

45

Jonathan Trott

England

49

47

Viv Richards

West Indies

49

48

Kevin Pietersen, Jonathan Trott, and Richards remain common to both lists.

3,000: Amla stays at No. 1, while Richards regains lost ground by coming in at the second spot, a good 12 innings clear of Amla. Gordon Greenidge too makes a comeback to the list, while Gary Kirsten and Virat Kohli appear for the first time.

Name

Team

M

I

Hashim Amla

South Africa

59

57

Viv Richards

West Indies

74

69

Gordon Greenidge

West Indies

72

72

Gary Kirsten

South Africa

72

72

Virat Kohli

India

78

75

Richards is the only batsmen to appear on all three lists so far, albeit at varying positions. Kohli will feature again later on.

4,000: Amla and Richards retain the top two spots, while Kohli advances to the No. 3 position. Greenidge stays in the list as well, while Brian Lara makes his entry.

Name

Team

M

I

Hashim Amla

South Africa

84

81

Viv Richards

West Indies

96

88

Virat Kohli

India

96

93

Gordon Greenidge

West Indies

97

96

Brian Lara

West Indies

101

100

As many as three West Indian batsmen find a place in the top five. The difference between the top two innings reduces as well. Note the absence of names like Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly; that will change soon.

5,000: Amla is yet to cross the 5000-run barrier, but he will doubtlessly find a spot in the top five once he does. Till that time, Richards again reaches the top spot, tied with Kohli. The others remain familiar names, except for the inclusion of AB de Villiers.

Name

Team

M

I

Viv Richards

West Indies

126

114

Virat Kohli

India

120

114

Brian Lara

West Indies

120

118

Gordon Greenidge

West Indies

122

121

AB de Villiers

South Africa, Africa

129

124

Again, the team compositions remain the same as the previous margin: Three West Indians, one Indian, and a South African.

6,000: Kohli takes the top spot for the first time, as he goes past Richards for once. The list sees the induction of two new names: Sourav Ganguly and Matthew Hadyen, both left-handed openers who were sometimes overshadowed by their more illustrious partners [Tendulkar and Adam Gilchrist].

Name

Team

M

I

Virat Kohli

India

144

136

Viv Richards

West Indies

156

141

Sourav Ganguly

India

152

147

AB de Villiers

South Africa, Africa

153

147

Matthew Hayden

Australia, ICC

160

154

Oddly, Hayden is the first Australian to feature in the list of quickest 1000s. Two Indians make the list for the first time as well.

7,000: De Villiers reaches the top of the pile for the first time, while Ganguly moves up to the second position. Desmond Haynes and Jacques Kallis make up the ranks.

Name

Team

M

I

AB de Villiers

South Africa, Africa

172

166

Sourav Ganguly

India

180

174

Brian Lara

West Indies

187

183

Desmond Haynes

West Indies

188

187

Jacques Kallis

South Africa

197

188

Note the perpetual presence of West Indian, South African, and Indian players on the list. Surprisingly, not a single Sri Lankan batsman features in any top five. Likewise, neither New Zealand nor England find representation on the list.

8,000: Ganguly reigns supreme in this list, 10 innings clear of his competitor and opening partner Tendulkar, who makes his first appearance. MS Dhoni and Saeed Anwar emerge for the first time as well.

Name

Team

M

I

Sourav Ganguly

India

208

200

Sachin Tendulkar

India

217

210

Brian Lara

West Indies

216

211

MS Dhoni

India, Asia

243

214

Saeed Anwar

Pakistan

221

218

For the first time, Indians outnumber West Indians on the list, while Anwar becomes only the second Pakistani after Abbas to reach the list.

9,000: Ganguly continues to reign supreme, this time seven innings clear of Tendulkar. Ricky Ponting makes his presence felt for the first time.

Name

Team

M

I

Sourav Ganguly

India

236

228

Sachin Tendulkar

India

242

235

Brian Lara

West Indies

246

239

Ricky Ponting

Australia, ICC

248

242

Jacques Kallis

South Africa

256

242

Note the absence of any Kiwi, Sri Lankan and Englishmen so far. That stat will change soon enough, at least for Sri Lanka.

10,000: Since the 10,000-plus club is so elite, each player deserves to be named rather than just the five quickest men to reach the landmark. The likes of Rahul Dravid, Kumar Sangakkara, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Mahela Jayawardene, and Sanath Jayasuriya make appearances for the very first time.

Name

Team

M

I

Sachin Tendulkar

India

266

259

Sourav Ganguly

India

272

263

Ricky Ponting

Australia, ICC

272

266

Jacques Kallis

South Africa

286

272

Brian Lara

West Indies

287

278

Rahul Dravid

India, ICC, Asia

309

287

Kumar Sangakkara

Sri Lanka, ICC, Asia

315

296

Inzamam-ul-Haq

Pakistan

322

299

Sanath Jayasuriya

Sri Lanka, Asia

337

328

Mahela Jayawardene

Sri Lanka, Asia

355

333

The list includes three Indians, three Sri Lankans, and one Australian, South African, West Indian, and Pakistani each. Note: Tendulkar will remain at the top of the table for every list that follows.

11,000: By now the table is even smaller. Tendulkar remains at the top, while Ponting climbs up to No. 2 and Ganguly falls to the third position. However, there remain but two innings separating Ganguly from Ponting.

Name

Team

M

I

Sachin Tendulkar

India

284

276

Ricky Ponting

Australia, ICC

295

286

Sourav Ganguly

India

298

288

Jacques Kallis

South Africa

307

293

Kumar Sangakkara

Sri Lanka, ICC, Asia

340

318

Inzamam-ul-Haq

Pakistan

349

324

Sanath Jayasuriya

Sri Lanka, Asia

363

354

Mahela Jayawardene

Sri Lanka, Asia

394

368

The list, so devoid of Sri Lankans till recently, finds three islanders in the list, the most by any nation. India follows with two entries while the rest have but one each.

12,000: Ganguly drops out of the running, as Ponting retains his position behind Tendulkar, albeit by 14 innings.

Name

Team

M

I

Sachin Tendulkar

India

309

300

Ricky Ponting

Australia, ICC

323

314

Kumar Sangakkara

Sri Lanka, ICC, Asia

359

336

Sanath Jayasuriya

Sri Lanka, Asia

390

379

Mahela Jayawardene

Sri Lanka, Asia

426

399

The three Sri Lankans remain to dominate proceedings. Curiously, there are 99 innings separating Jayawardene from Tendulkar — a gap that is truly quite shocking.

13,000: And then there were three; Tendulkar, Ponting, and Jayasuriya.

Name

Team

M

I

Sachin Tendulkar

India

330

321

Ricky Ponting

Australia, ICC

350

341

Sanath Jayasuriya

Sri Lanka, Asia

428

416

Note the difference between innings taken for each man: 20 between Tendulkar and Ponting, and 75 between Ponting and Jayasuriya!

14,000-18,000: Just one man. No prizes for guessing whom.

Landmark

M

I

14,000

359

350

15,000

387

377

16,000

409

399

17,000

435

424

18,000

451

440

What is outstanding about Tendulkar is his ability to sustain himself over such a long period. By the time Jayasuriya played his 416th innings, he got to 13,000 runs; Tendulkar was nearing 17,000 runs in the same time.

It might appear that Tendulkar’s records are unbreakable, but some players like Kohli, Amla, and de Villiers certainly seem like they will push the limits set by Tendulkar. And then of course there is the matter of a certain Rohit Sharma who churns out double centuries annually!

(Shiamak Unwalla, a reporter with CricketCountry, is a self-confessed Sci-Fi geek and Cricket fanatic. You can follow him on Twitter @ShiamakUnwalla)