It seems the bouncer stuck by Jofra Archer in the first match of the ICC Cricket World Cup played an important role for Hashim Amla from reaching 8000 One Day International runs quicker than Team India skipper Virat Kohli this time.
The South Africa opener Amla on Wednesday became the second fastest batsman in the World to score 8000 ODI runs. Amla reached to milestone during South Africa’s World Cup 2019 group stage clash against New Zealand at Edgbaston in Birmingham.
Amla needed just 24 runs to go past the landmark and in doing so, he became only the fourth South African ever to score 8000 runs in the 50-over format of the game.
Virat Kohli holds the record for fastest to 8000 runs as he achieved the feat in 175 innings. Amla reached there in 176 innings. Interestingly, Kohli had crossed the 8000-run mark on this iconic ground as well two years ago.
Fastest to 8000 ODI runs (in terms of innings) –
175: Virat Kohli (India)
176: Hashim Amla (South Africa)
182: AB de Villiers (South Africa)
200: Sourav Ganguly (India)
200: Rohit Sharma (India)
Meanwhile Hashim Amla holds the record for being the fastest ever to 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000, 6000 and 7000 ODI runs but missed out on this feat by just one innings.