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List of Top 10 Most Runs in ODI Cricket History

Top 10 Most Runs in ODI Cricket HistoryCricket is one of the fastest evolving sport in the world and the players don’t leave behind any effort to entertain the fans. Batting professionally with a cool temperament and scoring quick runs for the team is the highlight of the ODI Format. Many legends have managed to score quick hundreds and entertain their fans on many occasions. However, consistency is the key, and scoring runs for the team continually is an important part of cricket.

Here is the list of Top 10 Most Runs in ODI:

Top 10 Most Runs in ODI Cricket

Player Span Mat Inns Runs HS Avg 100 50
SR Tendulkar (INDIA) 1989-2012 463 452 18426 200* 44.83 49 96
KC Sangakkara (Asia/ICC/SL) 2000-2015 404 380 14234 169 41.98 25 93
RT Ponting (AUS/ICC) 1995-2012 375 365 13704 164 42.03 30 82
ST Jayasuriya (Asia/SL) 1989-2011 445 433 13430 189 32.36 28 68
DPMD Jayawardene (Asia/SL) 1998-2015 448 418 12650 144 33.37 19 77
V Kohli (INDIA) 2008-2021 254 245 12169 183 59.07 43 62
Inzamam-ul-Haq (Asia/PAK) 1991-2007 378 350 11739 137* 39.52 10 83
JH Kallis (Afr/ICC/SA) 1996-2014 328 314 11579 139 44.36 17 86
SC Ganguly (Asia/INDIA) 1992-2007 311 300 11363 183 41.02 22 72
R Dravid (Asia/ICC/INDIA) 1996-2011 344 318 10889 153 39.16 12 83

#10 Rahul Dravid, India

(10889 Runs)

Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid

Popularly known as The Wall, Rahul Dravid is an Indian Right-Handed Batsman who bats in the middle order. Dravid was one of the most successful batsmen for India in ODI as well as Test Cricket. He is highly praised for his elegant batting skills, patience, and cool temperament.

Rahul Dravid has scored 10,889 runs in One Day Internationals which is the 10th most runs in ODI by any batsman. His highest score in ODI is 153 and he has smashed 83 half-centuries and 12 centuries in his career. Dravid averaged 39.16 and had a strike rate of 71.23.

#9 Saurav Ganguly, India

(11363 Runs)

Saurav Ganguly
Saurav Ganguly

Sourav Ganguly is a former Indian Skipper who was well known for his aggressive nature on-field and brilliant all-around abilities. A Left-Handed Opening Batsman, Ganguly has been the most successful batsman for India in the limited-overs fixtures. He had also bowled on important occasions to help India win some crucial matches.

Sourav Ganguly has scored 11,363 runs in his 311 One Day Internationals matches career which is the 9th most runs in ODI by any batsman. His highest score in ODI is 183 and he has smashed 72 half-centuries and 22 centuries in his career. Ganguly averaged 39.16 and had a decent strike rate of 73.70.

#8 Jacques Kallis, South Africa

(11579 Runs)

Jacques Kallis
Jacques Kallis

Jacques Kallis is a South African All-Rounder who was better known for his power hitting and bouncers. Kallis is the most successful batsman for South Africa in limited-overs fixtures. He opened for the Proteas and bowled in the middle overs. Kallis was an explosive batsman and has contributed to South Africa significantly.

Jacques Kallis has scored 11,579 runs in One Day Internationals which is the 8th most runs in ODI by any batsman and also the most runs by any South African in ODI. His highest score in ODI is 139 and he has smashed 86 half-centuries and 17 centuries in his career. Kallis averaged 44.36 in ODI’s and had a strike rate of 72.89.

#7 Inzamam-ul-Haq, Pakistan

(11739 Runs)

Inzamam-ul-Haq
Inzamam-ul-Haq

Pakistan Cricket would have been incomplete without its most successful batsman in One Day Internationals, Inzamam-ul-Haq. Inzamam-ul-Haq was a right-handed top-order batsman who was popularly known for his extravagant skills, extraordinary technique, and notable aggression. Haq has smashed every great bowler off the ground.

Inzamam-ul-Haq has scored 11739 runs in his seventeen years long One Day International career which is the 7th  most runs in ODI by any batsman and the most runs by any Pakistani in ODI. His highest score in ODI is 137* and he has smashed 83 half-centuries and 10 centuries in his career. Haq averaged 39.52 and had a strike rate of 74.24 in ODI’s.

#6 Virat Kohli, India

(12169 Runs)

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli

Widely recognized as the Run Machine, Virat Kohli is the present Captain of the Indian Cricket Team across all formats. Virat Kohli is a Right-Handed top-order batsman and the only player on this list who is active in playing international cricket. Kohli is known for his extraordinary technique of batting and the passionating aggression he shows on the field.

Virat Kohli has scored 12,169 runs in One Day Internationals which is the 6th most runs in ODI by any batsman. His highest score in ODI is 183 and he has smashed 62 half-centuries and 43 centuries in his career. Kohli averages a record 59.07 and has the highest strike rate of 93.17. Kohli still has a long way to go in his career and is certainly expected to break many more records.

#5 Mahela Jayawardene, Sri Lanka

(12650 Runs)

Mahela Jayawardene
Mahela Jayawardene

Mahela Jayawardene is a Right-Handed Top-order batsman who represented the Sri Lankan National Team. Jayawardene was the Captain of the Sri Lankan side in all three formats. He is one of the most successful batsmen for Sri Lanka to date. His century at the World Cup Final in 2011 is still remembered by everyone.

Mahela Jayawardene has scored 12650 runs in 448 One Day Internationals matches played in his career which is the 5th most runs in ODI by any batsman. His highest score in ODI is 144 and he has smashed 77 half-centuries and 19 centuries in his career. Jayawardene averaged 33.37 and had a strike rate of 78.96.

#4 Sanath Jayasuriya, Sri Lanka 

(13430 Runs)

Sanath Jayasuriya
Sanath Jayasuriya

Sanath Jayasuriya is a Sri Lankan Right-Handed batsman who was the Opening Batsman for his side. Jayasuriya is the second most successful batsman for Sri Lanka in ODI. Jayasuriya was also a Right-Arm Off Spinner who bowled and picked up handy wickets for his team. Jayasuriya was widely praised for his explosive batting and brilliant technique.

Sanath Jayasuriya has scored 13,430 runs in One Day Internationals which is the 4th most runs in ODI by any batsman and the second-most runs by any Sri Lankan batsman in ODI. His highest score in ODI is 189 and he has smashed 68 half-centuries and 28 centuries in his career. Jayasuriya averaged 32.36 and had a massive strike rate of 91.20.

#3 Ricky Ponting, Australia

(13704 Runs)

Ricky Ponting
Ricky Ponting

Ricky Ponting is one of the greatest batsmen Australia could ever get in a lifetime. Ponting is a Right-Handed Batsman who batted for Australia at the top order. Ponting led Australia to victory in three successive cricket world cups in 1999, 2003, and 2007. Ponting is fondly known for his brilliant class and temperament while batting.

Ricky Ponting has scored 13704 runs in his 17 year-long One Day International career which is the 3rd most runs in ODI by any batsman. His highest score in ODI is 164  and he has smashed 82 half-centuries and 30 centuries in his career. Ponting averaged 42.03 in ODI and had a strike rate of 80.39. He is the most successful batsman for Australia in ODI.

#2 Kumar Sangakkara, Sri Lanka

(14234 Runs)

Kumar Sangakkara
Kumar Sangakkara

Kumar Sangakkara is a Sri Lankan Opening Batsman who is popularly known for his excellent batting skills and extremely talented run-scoring ability. Sangakkara had also led the Sri Lankan side before Mahela Jayawardene and is the most successful batsman for Sri Lanka in ODI. Sangakkara was the wicket-keeper of Sri Lanka.

Kumar Sangakkara has scored 14,234 runs in his 15 tears long One Day International career which is the 2nd most runs in ODI by any batsman and the most runs by any Sri Lankan batsman. His highest score in ODI is 169 and he has smashed 93 half-centuries and 25 centuries in his career. Sangakkara averaged 41.97 and had a strike rate of 78.86.

#1 Sachin Tendulkar, India

(18426 Runs)

Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar often referred to as the God of Cricket is an Indian Right-Handed Top Order Batsman who opened for India in ODI’s. Tendulkar is the most successful batsman in the world and is known for his brilliant batting techniques and elegant run-scoring ability. Tendulkar is the highest-run scoring batsman in the world.

Sachin Tendulkar has scored 18426 runs in his 23 years long One Day Internationals which is the most runs in ODI by any batsman. His highest score in ODI is 200* against South Africa and he has smashed a record 96  half-centuries and 49 centuries in his career. Tendulkar averaged 44.83 in ODI’s and had a strike rate of 86.23.

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