In international cricket, for any player to become a veteran of the game, consistency is the key. If the long drawn-out sessions of a Test match challenge a batter’s patience, T20s test their monstrous hitting skills, while ODIs are a blend of both. In this article, let’s look at the list of cricketers who reached the landmark of 5000 runs in fewest innings of their career.
Joe Root can be deservedly touted as the Mr. Dependable of the present English batting line-up. His sound technique and ability to soak tremendous pressure in crunch situations distinguishes him as a genius. His illustrious Test career might at times undermines his prowess in white ball cricket, but his numbers do tell a different story. In 158 matches, Root averages over 50, and has accumulated 6207 runs so far. He ranks 5th in the elite club of batters who were the fastest to reach 5000 runs.
The flamboyant Aussie southpaw created a wide stir in the shorter formats of the game since his debut as an incredible stroke player. His wide array of shots and the caliber to build on starts at the top of the order makes him a bona fide game changer. The 35-year-old has scored 5610 runs in 133 matches and he reached the milestone of 5000 runs in only 115 games.
If the post-2010s was a film script, there is little room for doubt about who will be the best pick to play the lead. A master chaser and a run machine, Kohli’s number across any format and condition are staggering. With a plethora of records in his tally, he is also the fastest to reach the 10000 run mark and also holds the second highest number of hundreds behind Sachin Tendulkar.
Sir Vivian Richards
The Caribbean rockstar never failed to excite when he stepped onto the field. With his sheer elegance and stout-hearted enigma, Sir Viv Richards ruled the game being the worst nightmare in every bowler’s mind. In an ESPN study of 2006, the Windies legend was hailed as the all-time greatest ODI cricketer.
The Proteas opener might be the most underrated cricketer of his time but his records highlight his marvelous career. Not just he leads the club of batters who took the fewest innings to reach the 5000-run mark but also is the fastest cricketer to score 2000, 3000, 4000, 6000, and 7000 runs in international cricket.
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Fastest 5000 runs in ODI Cricket History
|Hashim Amla (SA)||101||v WI||Durban|
|Viv Richards (WI)||114||v ENG||Melbourne|
|Virat Kohli (IND)||114||v WI||Kochi|
|David Warner (AUS)||115||v IND||Wankhede|
|Joe Root (ENG)||116||v WI||Bridgestone|
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