DURBAN (Web Desk) – With his quick 64 of 48 balls in series decider at Durban, AB de Villiers became the fastest batsman to score 8,000 ODI runs.
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South African skipper reached the milestone in 182 innings, 18 fewer than former Indian captain and legendary batsman Sourav Ganguly.
Sourav reached his 8000 ODI runs in 200 innings.
FASTEST TO 8000 ODI RUNS
PLAYERS MATCHES INNINGS OPPONENTS VENUE DATE
AB DE VILLIERS 190 182 NEW ZEALAND DURBAN 26/8/2015
SOURAV GANGULY 208 200 WEST INDIES NAGPUR 9/11/2002
SACHIN TENDULKAR 217 210 PAKISTAN MANCHESTER 8/6/1999
BRIAN LARA 216 211 AUSTRALIA ST GEORGE’S 1/6/2003
MS DHONI 243 214 NEW ZEALAND WELLINGTON 31/1/2014
De Villiers currently holds the record for the fastest 50, fastest 100 and fastest 150 in ODIs. The team that has suffered the most at the hands of this right-handed genius has been the West Indies.
He smashed the fastest ODI off just 16 balls during the second ODI against West Indies in Johannesburg in January 2015. He had broken the 19-year mark off 17 balls set by Sanath Jayasuriya against Pakistan in Singapore in 1996.
AB de Villiers received Man of the Match Award after his blistering performance in final match that South Africa won by 62 runs to seal the three-match series 2-1.