Napier, Jan 23: Opener Shikhar Dhawan reached the 5,000-run mark in One Day International (ODI) to become the second fastest Indian to reach the landmark after skipper Virat Kohli, during the first ODI match against New Zealand here at the McLean Park on Wednesday.
Dhawan achieved the feat during the sixth over of India's 158-run chase. He took 118 innings, four more than his captain Kohli who reached the mark in 114 innings.The 33-year-old Dhawan has become the joint-third fastest batsman to reach 5,000 runs in the format.
South Africa's Hashim Amla remains the fastest to reach 5,000 runs in ODI cricket as he took only 101 innings. West Indies great Vivian Richards achieved the feat in 114 innings. Among left-handed batsmen, Dhawan has surpassed the likes of Sourav Ganguly and Graeme Smith to join Brian Lara and become the joint-fastest left-hander to reach the milestone.
Dhawan consumed only 118 innings to reach the 5,000-run mark. Former West Indies captain Brain Lara also had 118 innings to achieve the milestone. New Zealand captain Kane Williamson is sixth on the list (119 innings), West Indies opener Gordon Greenidge seventh (121 innings), former South Africa skipper AB de Villiers eighth (124 innings) and ex-India skipper Sourav Ganguly ninth (126 innings).
Dhawan is the 13th Indian batsmen to achieve the landmark. He made his ODI debut in 2010 against Australia. He has not scored even a single fifty since September last year in the format. UNI