India’s emerging batting sensation Shubman Gill is going through an amazing purple patch and is on a record-shattering spree. The Fazilka-born recorded yet another historic milestone as he went past South Africa’s legendary batter Hashim Amla to become the fastest player to score 2000 runs in ODI cricket.
Gill’s record came against New Zealand at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium (HPCA) in Dharamsala. The 24-year-old went past some of the biggest names of world cricket to scale the milestone.
The enviable record was previously held by Amla. Amla had taken only 40 innings (41 matches) to score 2000 runs in the 50-over format and had gone past Pakistan’s great Zaheer Abbas. Abbas had scaled the milestone way back in 1983 against India in Jaipur in his 45th innings (45th match).
Amla scored his 2000th ODI run against India in Gqeberha on January 21, 2011, and after a period of more than 13 years, Gill has overtaken Amla to claim the top spot. Before the Indian youngster, it was Shikhar Dhawan, who was the fastest Indian to score 2000 ODI runs. Dhawan had taken 48 innings (49 matches) to scale the milestone.
The list of top 10 players who have been the fastest to score 2000 ODI runs includes some prominent batters like Babar Azam, Kevin Pietersen, and Sir Vivian Richards among others.
India’s Playing XI:
Bench: Shardul Thakur, Ishan Kishan, Ravichandran Ashwin
Support Staff: Rahul Dravid, Vikram Rathour, Paras Mhambrey, T Dilip
New Zealand’s Playing XI:
Support Staff: Gary Stead, Luke Ronchi, Shane Jurgensen