List of Batsmen to score fastest 5000 ODI Runs

Batsman Opposition Match Date Matches Innings
Virat Kohli (IND) West Indies 21 Nov 2013 120 114
Viv Richards (WI) England 30 Jan 1987 126 114
Brian Lara (WI) South Africa 3 Nov 1997 120 118
Gordon Greenidge (WI) Pakistan 13 Nov 1990 122 121
AB de Villiers (SA) England 28 Aug 2012 129 124
Sourav Ganguly (IND ) Pakistan 25 Jan 2000 131 126
Dean Jones (AUS) Zimbabwe 14 Mar 1992 131 128
Graeme Smith (SA) Bangladesh 14 Mar 2008 133 131
Matthew Hayden (AUS) South Africa 24 Mar 2007 137 133
Michael Bevan (AUS) West Indies 7 Feb 2001 153 135

Note: Records upto 22nd November 2013.
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Virat Kohli equals Viv Richards, fastest to reach 5000 ODI runs

Virat Kohli, the No. 1 batsman in the ICC ODI rankings became the fastest batsman to score 5000 runs in one-day internationals while he scored 86 against West Indies in the first ODI in Kochi on Thursday. Kohli achieved the feat in just 120 matches and 114 innings. He has so far amassed 5005 runs, which included 17 centuries and 27 fifties in his career.

In terms of innings, Kohli has equalled the record of Sir Viv Richards of West Indies, who also achieved the feat in 114 innings way back in 1987 but it was Viv's 126th match.

Kohli also became, at 25 years 16 days, the second youngest to achieve the distinction, next only to 23 years 294 days taken by Sachin Tendulkar.

Before Kohli, former captain Sourav Ganguly was the fastest to achieve the feat among Indian batsmen in 131 matches and 126 innings. Apart from India, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (135 innings), Gautam Gambhir (135 innings) and Sachin Tendulkar (138 innings) are the next fastest batsmen to reach the 5000 runs in ODIs.

Kohli is averaging 86.11 in chases in ODIs this year - his aggregate being 775 in fifteen innings (six times not out), including three hundreds and five fifties.
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Sachin Tendulkar Cricket farewell photos

Sachin Tendulkar played his last day of international cricket at the Wankhede, and after India sealed the series against West Indies, he delivered a very emotional speech.

India beat West Indies by an innings and 126 runs, but all the focus was on Tendulkar himself. After all the presentations were done, he was given the mic and he thanked a lot of people for what they had done to help him.

He started the speech by saying, ""All my friends. Settle down, let me talk. I'll get more and more emotional. My life in the 22 yards for 24 years. Hard to believe that wonderful journey is coming to an end. I want to thank all the important people in my life. I am carrying a list for the first time."

And he ended by saying, "I know my speech is getting long, but one thing I want to say. I want to thank all those people here. Your support was so dear to me and meant a lot to me. Whatever, you have done for me. I have met guys who fasted for me, or done things for me. I want thank you for all that. I will remember all that, especially "Sachin Sachin." If I have missed out on something, I hope you understand. Good bye."

The legendary Sachin Tendulkar got a memorable gift in his emotionally-charged farewell Test which lasted just about two and a half days as India crushed a hapless West Indies by an innings and 126 runs to complete a 2-0 whitewash in one of the most lopsided contests in recent history.

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