India vs New Zealand 1st ODI: Opener Shikhar Dhawan announced his return to form in the grandest of the manner as he achieved a major landmark by becoming the joint-fourth fastest batsman to score 5,000 runs in ODI cricket. Dhawan breach the mark during the sixth over of India’s 158-run chase against New Zealand in the first of the ongoing five-match ODI series at the McLean Park in Napier. With this, he surpassed the likes of Sourav Ganguly and Graeme Smith and matched Brian Lara to become the joint-fastest left-handed batsman to achieve the milestone. The explosive India opener achieved the feat in 118 innings.Also Read - Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly Hail Mithali Raj Biopic 'Shabaash Mithu' Trailer
Hashim Amla remains the fastest to reach 5000 runs in ODI cricket as he needed only 101 innings. West Indies great Vivian Richards achieved the feat in 114 innings while India captain Virat Kohli needed only as many innings to get there. Also Read - Sourav Ganguly Gives Update on India's Likely World Cup Squad, Says Dravid Will Choose From England T20 Series
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Dhawan needed only 118 innings to reach the 5000-run mark. Lara had also needed 118 innings to achieve the milestone. Kane Williamson is sixth on the list (119 innings), Gordon Greenidge seventh (121 innings), AB de Villiers eighth (124 innings) and Sourav Ganguly ninth (126 innings).
The 33-year old had become the second fastest Indian behind Kohli and sixth quickest overall to reach 4000 one day international runs during an ODI series at home against Sri Lanka in 2017. Dhawan had brought up 4000 runs in the 94th innings of his ODI career.
FASTEST TO 5000 ODI RUNS
|H Amla (SA)||101||WI||Durban||2015||6y 313d|
|V Richards (WI)||114||ENG||Melbourne||1987||11y 237d|
|V Kohli (IND)||114||WI||Kochi||2013||5y 95d|
|B Lara (WI)||118||SA||Lahore||1997||6y 359d|
|S Dhawan (IND)||118||NZ||Napier||2019||8y 95d|
Dhawan, who hasn’t gone past the 50-run mark in his last nine innings, will be hoping to get back to peak form in the ongoing series. The likes of Shubman Gill and Prithvi Shaw are waiting in the wings but the experience of the Delhi left-hander will be crucial to India’s chances at the World Cup, starting May 30 in England.