During the ongoing India versus England series, Virat Kohli just made another record. Kohli became the only second batsman to score more than 10000 runs at the number three position in ODIs. Only Ricky Pointing is ahead of him in the list. In that context let’s see who are the top 5 players with the most runs at number 3 position in ODIs.
Most runs at Number 3 in ODIs: Top 5
#1 Ricky Ponting: 12662 runs at number 3 position
The Australian captain is one of the best one-day international player ever. His consistency and scoring ability in a big match was just impeccable. The three-time World Cup winner has scored 12660 runs at the number 3 position in ODIs. Ricky played as many as 330 innings at that position. Moreover, he was not out at the end of the inning 32 times. Ponting averages 42.49 with the bat at number 3 in a career spanning over 17 years.
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#2 Virat Kohli: 10046* runs at number 3 position
A modern-day legend Virat Kohli is considered the most complete batsman of his generation. At the point of writing the post, Kohli has 10046* runs at the number three position in ODIs. His chasing ability and match wining knocks have already made him one of the best 50-over players ever. Kohli has scored that many runs in only 190* innings with a batting average of 62.91. This stat speakers for his consistency at the highest level. Kohli also has not out on 30 of those occasions.
#3 Kumara Sangakkara: 9747 runs at number 3 position
Sangakkara is the only wicket-keeper batsman in the top of this list. Cricket’s one of the most respected players of his generation. The Sri Lankan legend has the most runs for his country in ODIs. His partnerships with Mahela is one of the greatest middle-order pairs in the history of the game. Sangakkara scored 9747 runs at an average of 44.71 in 238 innings at number three.
#4 Jacques Kallis: 7774 runs at number 3 position
A career spanning over 18 years, the only player to score more than 10000 runs in test and ODIs and take more than 250 wickets in both formats. Kallis was one of the main reasons South Africa becoming one of the best sides in the world. Perhaps, he is also considered the best all-rounder in Cricket history. Kallis scored 7774 runs at an average of 45.73 in 200 innings at the number three position. He was also inducted into the ICC Hall of fame last year.
#5 Kane Willamson: 5421 runs at number 3 position
Kane Williamson is another modern-day legend who is in the “Fav Four” of the world. Kane is one of the most loved and respected leaders in the world. His leadership and batting skills took New Zealand to their Test Word Championship and ODI World cup finals. Kane is sublime at the top of the order for the blackcaps. Till now in his 117 innings at number three position, he scored 5421 runs. His batting average at that position is 50.66.