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List of Top 10 Fastest 4000 Runs in ODI Cricket History

Top 10 Fastest 4000 Runs in ODI: The One-Day International Cricket Format was one of the most exciting innovations of the game. The 50-overs game is complete within a day and the fan mesmerizes the entire match. Since the beginning of World Cups, the batsmen have changed their approach of defensive techniques to score quick runs for their team.

Many batsmen have achieved numerous world records by displaying brilliant quality of stroke play. The quick run-scoring abilities of batsmen make them reach landmarks to score thousands of runs in ODI. Here is the list of the Top 10 fastest 4000 runs in ODI:

Top 10 Fastest 4000 Runs in ODI

Position Player Matches Innings Country
1 Hashim Amla 84 81 South Africa
2 Vivian Richards 96 88 West Indies
3 Joe Root 97 91 England
4 Virat Kohli 96 93 India
5 David Warner 95 93 Australia
6 Quinton de Kock 94 94 South Africa
7 Shikhar Dhawan 96 95 India
8 Gordon Greenidge 97 96 West Indies
9 Kane Williamson 102 96 New Zealand
10 Brain Lara 101 100 West Indies

#10 Brian Lara, West Indies

(100 Innings)

brian lara in odi
Brian Lara in odi

Brian Lara is the most successful batsman for West Indies in ODI as well as test cricket. Lara was a sensational batsman who had helped the Caribbean side to reach numerous feats in the past decade. Lara holds the record of the highest score of 400* by any batsman in international cricket. The record created by Lara is truly impossible to break.

Lara had made his debut on 9th November 1990. On 30th March 1996, exactly after 5 years and 142 days, Lara completed his 4000 runs in 100 innings which is the 10th fastest 4000 runs in ODI. Lara achieved his desirable feat against New Zealand at the Port of Spain Stadium. He is the third fastest Caribbean to complete the runs.

#9 Kane Williamson, New Zealand

(96 Innings)

Kane Williamson in odi
Kane Williamson in odi

The most astounding batsman New Zealand could ever get in international cricket, Kane Williamson is the captain of the side in all three formats. He adapts to every format and his classy innings just get hold of everyone’s eyes. Williamson is the most successful skipper for New Zealand in ODI’s.

Williamson smashed brilliant innings against Bangladesh at Christchurch which helped him to score the 9th fastest 4000 runs in ODI. Williamson took 96 innings to reach the milestone. Making a debut in 2010, it took six years for him to achieve the feat.

#8 Gordon Greenidge, West Indies

(96 Innings)

Gordon Greenidge in ODI
Gordon Greenidge in ODI

The Caribbean duo of Vivian Richards and Gordon Greenidge is consistently featuring in every list since the fastest thousand runs in one-day international. Greenidge has been a wonderful player for West Indies and his contribution to the team has been immense.

Greenidge completed his 4000 runs in ODI against England at Leeds on 21st May 1988. It took him 96 innings to reach his endeavor which makes him the batsman to score 8th fastest 4000 runs in ODI. Greenidge took the longest time frame of 12 years and 345 days to accomplish the goal.

#7 Shikhar Dhawan, India

(95 Innings)

Shikhar Dhawan in odi
Shikhar Dhawan in odi

Shikhar Dhawan has been a quick and high run-scorer for India that has made him feature in the fastest thousand runs for the third consecutive time. The Left-Handed Opening Batsman has been awesome for his team and played a helping hand in winning matches.

Shikhar Dhawan took 7 years and 58 days to score 4000 runs in ODI. However, he took only 95 innings to complete which makes him the batsman to score the 7th fastest 4000 runs in ODI. Dhawan achieved the feat against Sri Lanka at Visakhapatnam in 2017.

#6 Quinton de Kock, South Africa

(94 Innings)

Quinton de Kock in odi
Quinton de Kock in odi

The Top-order batsmen just can’t be left out when it’s scoring the fastest thousand runs. Quinton de Kock has made his maiden appearance in our series and is only the second Protea to feature in this list. De Kock is an explosive-opening batsman and quality wicket-keeper.

De Kocks’s breathtaking innings against Sri Lanka at Pallekele in 2018 had helped him achieve the record of scoring the 6th fastest 4000 runs in ODI. De Kock took 94 innings along with 5 years and 201 days to reach the milestone. De Kock had made his debut in 2013.

#5 David Warner, Australia

(93 Innings)

David Warner in odi
David Warner in odi

David Warner is yet another top-order batsman to feature in the list. Warner is an astonishing opening batsman who has scored quick runs for Australia in the 50-over format. Warner plays glorious shots in his innings and has also led the side in absence of regular captain Steve Smith.

David Warner took 93 innings to complete 4000 runs and become the batsman to score the 5th fastest 4000 runs in ODI. Warner achieved the feat against Bangladesh in the Champions Trophy 2017 at The Oval Stadium. Warner required 8 years and 138 days to become a part of this list.

#4 Virat Kohli, India

(93 Innings)

Virat Kohli in odi
Virat Kohli in odi

Virat Kohli is a sensational Indian batsman who bats at the top order and is also the Captain of the team in all three formats. Kohli is the most classical and elegant batsman of world  cricket and he has helped India to achieve many glorious triumphs in the recent times

Virat Kohli is the second Indian to feature in the list and it took him 93 innings to complete the 4th fastest 4000 runs in ODI against England at Ranchi in 2003. Kohli had made his debut in 2008 and it took him 4 years and 154 days to achieve the milestone.

#3 Joe Root, England 

(91 Innings)

Joe Root in odi
Joe Root in odi

The most amazing player in the England team, Joe Root is the captain of the English Test team. He plays a crucial role for the team in One-Day International format and contributed magnificently to England’s World Cup victory in 2019. Joe Root is a calm and composed man who is known for his elegant and innovative batting technique.

The root is the only England player to feature in this list and he made a consecutive appearance in our fastest thousand runs series. Root scored the 3rd fastest 4000 runs in ODI against West Indies at Southampton in 2017. Root accomplished the milestone in just 91 innings and it took him 4 years and 261 days to reach the feat.

#2 Vivian Richards, West Indies 

(88 Innings)

Vivian Richards in ODI
Vivian Richards in ODI

Sir Vivian Richards Is continuously featuring in our list of scoring the fastest thousand runs in ODI. This has been because Vivian Richards has been the most successful ODI batsman for West Indies at all times. Vivian Richards has created a record that is very difficult to break. Richards was an elegant batsman and a sweet timer of both red and white ball.

Sir Vivian Richard helped the Caribbean side to achieve the unconquerable feat of winning the world cup twice in his career. He scored the 2nd fastest 4000 runs in ODI against New Zealand at the Albion in 1985. He is the oldest and most experienced batsman to feature on the list. Richards took only 88 innings but 9 years and 311 days to accomplish his landmark.

#1 Hashim Amla, South Africa

(81 innings)

Hashim Amla In odi
Hashim Amla In odi

Hashim Amla has been continuously dominating the list of scoring the fastest thousand runs in ODI. Amla opened for South Africa and scored precious runs for his team. He scored runs in an unprecedented quick manner and is the most successful opener for South Africa in ODI cricket. Amla was an excellent timer of the white ball.

Amla has continuously topped the list since scoring the fastest 2000 runs in ODI. He achieved the milestone of scoring the fastest 4000 runs in ODI against India at Durban in 2013. Amla created his record by scoring the runs in just 81 innings. The record made by him is very difficult to break. It took him 5 years and 274 days to create a record.

Also Read: Fastest 2000 Runs in ODI

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