Shikhar Dhawan becomes 6th fastest to 4,000 ODI runs, surpasses Gordon Greenidge's 29-year-old feat

Shikhar Dhawan scored his 12th ODI century in the decider ODI against Sri Lanka at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam

Shikhar Dhawan enters the record books as he becomes 6th fastest batsman to 4,000 ODI runs. Dhawan took just 95 innings to reach the feat. Australian opener David Warner reached the feat in same number of innings too. Dhawan also became the second-fastest Indian batsman to reach 4,000 ODI runs. Virat Kohli reached the mark in 93 innings. Though Dhawan and Kohli took same number of matches to reach the feat.

Here’s the list of top 10 fastest batsman to 4,000 ODI runs –

Player Name        Country        Innings taken

Hashim Amla          South Africa               81
Viv Richards            Windies                      88
Joe Root                   England                      91
Virat Kohli               India                            93
David Warner         Australia                     93
Shikhar Dhawan     India                           95
Gordon Greenidge  Windies                     96
Kane Williamson    New Zealand             96
Brian Lara                Windies                     100
Dean Jones              Australia                    102

Dhawan is also the second fastest Indian batsman to 12 ODI centuries after Virat Kohli who took 83 innings to reach this feat. The southpaw is also the fourth fastest batsman in the world to hit 12 ODI tons. Amla leads the list followed by Kohli, Warner, Dhawan and Marcus Trescothick.

With the completion of 4,000 ODI runs, Dhawan was also able to beat former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly and India’s legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar who reached the feat in 105 and 112 innings respectively.

Dhawan scored 100 runs from 85 balls including 13 fours and 2 sixes at a strike rate of 117.65. India won the match comprehensively by 8 wickets with 107 balls to spare.

After Rohit Sharma’s wicket in the powerplay overs to Akila Dananjaya, Dhawan took the charge of the innings with Shreyas Iyer and shared a partnership of 135 runs for the second wicket. Iyer went on to score his second ODI half-century. Though he could not convert it into his maiden ODI century. Dhawan took the team home quite comfortably along with wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik.

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Sri Lankan batting lineup collapsed once again. This time around they got off to a flier despite losing the first wicket early. Opener Upul Tharanga scored 95 runs off 82 balls whereas Sadeera Samarawickrama scored 42 runs off 57 balls. The Sri Lankans lost 6 wickets in a matter of 26 runs, thanks to Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal picking up three wickets each.

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India registered their 9th ODI bilateral series win on the trot by beating Sri Lanka 2-1 in the three-ODI series despite a humiliating loss at Dharamsala.