AB de Villiers © Getty Images (File Photo)
AB de Villiers © Getty Images (File Photo)

Nov 15, 2014

AB de Villiers entered the record books when he became the fastest man to 7,000 One-Day International (ODI) runs during the course of his innings in the first ODI between South Africa and Australia at Perth. He broke Sourav Ganguly’s record in the process.

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
Sachin Tendulkar India 196 189
Chris Gayle West Indies, ICC 194 189
MS Dhoni India, Asia 212 189
Ricky Ponting Australia 196 192
Saeed Anwar Pakistan 197 194

The South African captain broke Ganguly’s record by getting to the landmark in 166 innings to Ganguly’s 174 innings. However, de Villiers might not hold on to his record for very long, as Virat Kohli is currently on 6069 runs in just 137 innings, leaving him as many as 29 innings to score just 939 runs — a feat that might not be too difficult for a man who averages over 50 in ODIs.