Indian skipper Rohit Sharma achieved yet another milestone in his cricketing career. He becomes the second fastest to reach 12000 international runs as an opener. Meanwhile, Rohit surpassed former Aussie opener Mathew Hayden's record of 277 innings to reach the mark in 276 innings. In this article, we will take a look at the top four players who are the fastest to reach 12000 international runs as an opener.
Former Indian opener and captain, Sunil Gavaskar has reached the milestone in 282 innings. Therefore, Gavaskar is the fourth fastest to reach 12000 international runs as an opener.
In 125 Tests, Gavaskar aggregated 10,122 runs in 214 innings at 51.12. He has recorded 45 half-centuries and 34 centuries in the longest format. However, in ODIs Gavaskar has registered 3092 runs in 102 innings at an average of 35.16. Sunil Gavaskar has added 27 fifties and one century in the format.
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The second player on this list is former Australian opener Mathew Hayden, who took 277 innings to reach the milestone. Therefore, Hayden ranked third on this list of players who are the fastest to reach 12000 international runs as an opener.
In 103 Tests, Hayden has registered 8625 runs in 184 innings at 50.74. He has also recorded 29 fifties and 30 centuries in the format. Meanwhile, in ODIs, he has aggregated 6133 runs in 155 innings at 43.81 while in T20Is, the left-handed batter has 308 runs in 9 innings. He has recorded 36 half-centuries and 10 centuries in the ODI format.
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The third player on this list is current Indian captain Rohit Sharma, who recently completed the milestone in 276 innings and become the second fastest to reach 12000 international runs as an opener.
So far, in 45 Tests, Rohit added 3137 runs at 46.13. However, in 233 ODIs, Rohit has aggregated 9376 runs at 48.58 and he has recorded 45 half-centuries and 29 centuries in the format. Meanwhile, in T20Is, the Indian captain is the leading run-scorer with 3520 runs in 126 innings at 31.43. In overall formats, Rohit has four double centuries(3 in ODIs and 1 in Tests) so far.
The fastest player to reach 12000 international runs as an opener in the GOD of Cricket was Sachin Tendulkar, who achieved this feat in 270 innings. To date, Sachin Tendulkar is still the fastest to achieve this milestone.
In 200 Tests, Sachin has aggregated 15,921 runs in 329 innings at 53.79. Sachin has recorded 68 fifties and 51 centuries in the format. In ODIs, the GOD of Cricket has aggregated 18,426 runs at 44.83. He has 96 half-centuries and 49 centuries in the one-day format of the game.
N.B: Last Updated on 02/09/2022.