Hashim Amla is an exceptional cricketer. But he’s not going to go out of his away to tell you about it.
His 59th run in his ton in Sunday’s 134 run victory against India made him the fastest man to 4000 runs in one day international cricket. Amla brought up the feat in 81 innings. That’s seven less than the man widely regarded as the greatest ODI batsman of all time, Viv Richards.
When asked about his achievement and surpassing Richards, Amla responded with an equally record-breaking feat of humility.
Feel a bit embarrassed to have it because Sir Viv Richards is certainly the master blaster, the original great batsman. He is more deserving than anyone else. I have met him on a few occasions, so it makes even more embarrassing. It would be befitting if he was ahead.”
“Whatever the case be, there is a lot of one-day cricket these days and no doubt someone else will come along and beat that and the game will just carry on.”
Yes, there are more one day internationals today than ever before and totals have no doubt inflated over the years, but surely the company Hashim keeps is deserving of the cricketer and the man. Virat Kohli comes in at number three on the list below. Meanwhile Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting find themselves in 19th and 20th place respectively.
Fastest player to reach 4000 ODI runs
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