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Hashim Amla pips Virat Kohli, becomes fastest batsmen to reach 6000 ODI runs

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 25 October 2015, 15:05 IST

South African run-machine Hashim Amla finally had something to celebrate when he became the fastest batsman to reach 6,000 runs in One-Day Internationals (ODIs) on 25 October.

The right-hander achieved the feat in just his 123rd ODI innings during the fifth and final 50-over clash between South Africa and India at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai. Amla also surpassed Indian batsman Virat Kohli who had achieved the feat in 136 innings.

Amla, who has struggled to score runs in the ongoing ODI series against India, required 15 runs before the start of the fifth ODI. The South African opener reached the landmark after pulling Mohit Sharma's delivery for a blazing boundary towards the midwicket region.

Despite reaching the landmark, Amla's dismal form in the 50-over format continued as he was scalped by Mohit Sharma in the fourth over for just 23 runs. In the five ODIs against India in the series so far, Amla has managed to score a mere 89 runs with the highest score of 37 runs.

The 31-year-old South African Test captain has scored 6,008 runs from 126 ODI matches at an average of just under 53 at a strike-rate of 89.

First published: 25 October 2015, 15:05 IST
 
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