Hashim Amla is the eighth South African batsman to complete 5,000 ODI runs © Getty Images
Hashim Amla is the eighth South African batsman to complete 5,000 ODI runs © Getty Images

Jan 18, 2015

South African batsman Hashim Amla achieved a new milestone in his One-Day International (ODI) career when he became the fastest batsman to complete 5,000 career runs, eclipsing the record previously held by Sir Vivian Richards and Virat Kohli. The next milestone that awaits him however, is beating Kohli’s record of being the fastest batsman to 6,000 ODI runs.

Amla, the eighth South African batsman to achieve the milestone, brought up the landmark in 101 innings, with Richards and Kohli taking another 13 innings to achieve the same. The record-breaking feat occurred during the first ODI between South Africa and West Indies at Durban on Friday.

Amla, the eighth batsman to complete 5,000 runs, scored 66 runs in as many deliveries in that game to guide the Proteas to a score of 279 for eight. The South African bowling trio of Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander and Imran Tahir bowler the West Indians out for a paltry 164, giving the hosts 61-run victory in a rain-affected game.

Kohli broke Richards’ record for fastest batsman to 6,000 ODI runs when he achieved the milestone in 136 innings, five less than that of Richards. Amla needs to complete another thousand runs in 34 innings or less if he intends to add another record to his name.