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Hashim Amla fastest player to score 3,000 ODI runs
Southampton (England), August 29, 2012
First Published: 09:44 IST(29/8/2012)
Last Updated: 09:47 IST(29/8/2012)

South Africa's Hashim Amla became the fastest player to 3,000 one-day international runs during the course of his 150 that set up the Proteas' 80-run win over England at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.

Amla's brilliant 124-ball knock on Tuesday, featuring 16 fours, saw him reach the landmark in 57 innings compared to the 69 it took West Indies' Vivian Richards, one of cricket's all-time great batsmen.

He is the third South African in a top 10 that also includes current Proteas' coach Gary Kirsten.

Below are the 10 fastest players to 3,000 ODI runs, in terms of innings (player, country/team, number of innings):

Hashim Amla        (RSA)      57

Vivian Richards    (WIS)      69

Gordon Greenidge   (WIS)      72

Gary Kirsten       (RSA)      72

Virat Kohli        (IND)      72

Graham Gooch       (ENG)      77

Kevin Pietersen    (ENG/ICC)  78

Navjot Singh Sidhu (IND)      79

Brian Lara         (WIS)      79

Boeta Dippenaar    (RSA/AFR)  79.

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