South African cricketer AB de Villiers on February 25 smashed former cricketer Sourav Ganguly’s record and overtook him to become the fastest cricketer to score 9,000 runs in one-day internationals (ODI).
Playing his 205th ODI innings against New Zealand, de Villiers crossed 9000 runs milestone in style when he hit a four in Lockie Ferguson’s over.
33 year-old de Villers, achieved this feat in just 205 innings which is a stunning 23 innings fewer than Ganguly, who achieved it in 228 innings.
DeVillers is only the 18th cricketer and second South African behind Jacques Kallis, to reach the 9,000 mark, but he has reached the target with the highest average of 53.86 and best strike-rate of 99.94.
Next person who might achieve this feat is India’s current captain Virat Kohli who currently has a ODI run-tally of 7,755 runs from 171 innings.
Virat also needs to score 245 runs in his next 10 innings to be able to break another de Villers record for fastest 8,000 runs, a milestone, he achieved in just 182 innings.