Martin Guptill fifth New Zealander to 6000 ODI runs
In his 160th ODI, Martin Guptill brought up 6000 runs. © AFP

Martin Guptill has crossed the 6,000-run mark in ODIs on Thursday, becoming the fifth batsman from New Zealand to do so.

In his comeback match for the first time since March, Guptill – in his 160th ODI – followed Stephen Fleming (8007), Ross Taylor (7433), Nathan Astle (7090) and Brendon McCullum (6083) to the milestone of 6,000 ODI runs. (LIVE SCORECARD: NEW ZEALAND vs SRI LANKA)

In terms of innings, it took Guptill 157 to get to 6,000 runs which is faster than team-mate Taylor (166) needed. This makes the 32-year-old the joint eighth-fastest to the landmark alongside Dean Jones.

Guptill is the owner of the only ODI double-century for New Zealand, an unbeaten 237 off 163 balls against West Indies in Wellington during the 2015 ICC World Cup.

MOST ODI RUNS FOR NEW ZEALAND

Player M I NO Runs HS Avg SR 100 50
S Fleming 279 268 21 8007 134* 32.41 71.40 8 49
R Taylor 208 192 34 7433 181* 47.04 82.57 19 43
N Astle 223 217 14 7090 145* 34.92 72.64 16 41
B McCullum 260 228 28 6083 166 30.41 96.37 5 32
M Guptill 160 157 18 6019 237* 43.30 86.36 13 34

Guptill missed the tour of the UAE with a calf injury. A day before the opening ODI of 2019, he spoke of “having a bit of fun” at the top of the order.

“Pretty much business as usual to be honest, I don’t see my role changing too much in the side,” said Guptill. ”I haven’t played for New Zealand since last summer which is quite a long time ago so to be back here is extremely exciting and I’m looking forward to getting back into it.”