King Kohli during the course of that breezy 96* today stormed into the 8000 Club, ending the day with 8008 ODI runs. With every innings he is batting, he’s breaking records. Today, he missed joining Sanath Jayasuriya with 28 ODI hundreds (joint third) by 4 runs, when he had a chance. It goes to show how selfless a cricketer he is. Carrying his bat through the innings was more important to him than going for glory (and running the risk of setting the wrong example for millions of youngsters looking up to him, by holing out in the deep in the process).
There are 29 players in the 8k Club. Amla is the only active cricketer in the 7000s who might join the club soon.
All the stats that follow are for the 29 players in the Club + Mighty Hash.
Do you find something strange in the table above? Not a single English cricketer and just 1 New Zealander in Stephen Fleming.
The 4 South Africans seem to have the healthiest collective average, while Indians top the chart in runs scored, hundreds scored and # of player in the club.
Here’s a snapshot of the complete list, in case you feel like browsing through it.
In terms of Batting average, King Kohli aces the list with a mind boggling 54.47. ABD is not far behind. Notice the last name in the list? Shahid Boom Boom Afridi. He has a batting average Ishant Sharma will be proud of.
Afridi tops the list in terms of Strike Rate though, and predictably so. Numbers 2, 3 and 4 in the list are also not surprising. Sehwag, de Villiers and Gilly.
Sachin too has had a very good strike rate of 86.23. I was surprised to stumble upon Ganguly’s strike rate. 73.7, almost same as Dravid’s. Both Gangulay and Dravid’s ODI records look very very similar (except for the 100s column).
Table below shows members of the Club with least hundreds. Unsurprising to see Shahid Afridi at the top with 62 innings per hundred. Azharuddin was a bouncer to me; just 7 hundreds?
Mahela Jayawardene has scored most ODI runs without scoring a single 150+ score. The complete list below.
Watch this space for more.