5 players who are certain to reach 10000 ODI runs

#3 Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli

India’s poster-boy is regarded by many as the best batsman of the modern era. The arguments hold true as he is the No.1 ranked ODI player in ICC rankings. Virat Kohli has 8346 runs to his name and with the kind of form he maintains in ODI cricket, it shouldn’t take him long to get to 10000 runs.

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The Indian skipper has a humungous average of 54.54 after 192 matches. He also has 28 centuries, the most by any current player in the world. At the moment, if anyone seems like getting near Tendulkar’s record of 49 ODI hundreds, that’s Kohli.

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The game of cricket is all about numbers. A team sets a number on the board and another team tries to get one better than that. Similarly, it has a huge history of records consisting of numbers. The legendary Sachin Tendulkar is the king of all the numbers as he sits pretty on top all the batting records. He is the leading run-getter in international cricket. Talking about ODI cricket, he has amassed 18426 runs in 463 ODIs, by far the best in the format. No current player is anywhere close to that number. It's highly unlikely that anyone would reach there either which is why Tendulkar is widely regarded as the best batsman to have ever graced the game of cricket. He is a true legend of the game that no one can match his stature. For other players, there is a benchmark of 10000 ODI runs that puts them in an elite list. Only 11 players so far have been able to achieve that feat in the history of ODI cricket. There are a few in the current bunch who assure to achieve that too.

Let's take a look at the batsmen who are next in line to reach 10000 ODI runs

#1 MS Dhoni

With 9608 runs in ODI cricket, MS Dhoni is currently the closest to 10000 runs. With India set to play a handful of ODIs this year, the former captain could well get to the landmark this year itself. With the kind of fitness he possesses, he has a good 2-3 years of cricket left in him. Dhoni has played 299 matches so far and has maintained a staggering average of 51.93. He has a strike rate of 88.47 with 10 centuries and 65 half-centuries. The wicket-keeper may not have been that successful in the longest format of the game but ODI cricket has always been his forte. For such a daunting record, it's fitting that he gets to the 5 figures in his career.

#2 AB de Villiers

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers
The South African maestro has ruled the hearts of the cricket fans, not just in his country but all over the cricketing globe. AB de Villiers has accounted for 9319 runs in his ODI career so far and despite fitness being an issue recently, he should be able to get the required 681 runs soon enough. Not many have impacted the game of cricket like he has. In 222 matches, he has an astonishing strike rate of 100.25. The record holder of the fastest ODI century has an average of 53.55 with 24 hundreds and 53 fifties. AB recently resigned from the ODI captaincy and now he would play even more freely; the reason why he should get to 10000 runs in 2017 itself.

#3 Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli
India's poster-boy is regarded by many as the best batsman of the modern era. The arguments hold true as he is the No.1 ranked ODI player in ICC rankings. Virat Kohli has 8346 runs to his name and with the kind of form he maintains in ODI cricket, it shouldn't take him long to get to 10000 runs. The Indian skipper has a humungous average of 54.54 after 192 matches. He also has 28 centuries, the most by any current player in the world. At the moment, if anyone seems like getting near Tendulkar's record of 49 ODI hundreds, that's Kohli.

#4 Hashim Amla

Hashim Amla
Hashim Amla
A few years back, if a list like this was made, not many would have kept Hashim Amla there as he was regarded as only a Test specialist. But the way he adjusted his game to suit the needs of limited overs cricket is extraordinary. Currently, he is one of the most prolific run-getters in ODI cricket. Amla has 7186 runs in his account from 153 matches. The right-hander has an average of 50.25 to go with 25 centuries and 33 half-centuries. He is the fastest to reach 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000, 6000 and 7000 ODI runs and the rate at which he scores runs, he shouldn't take long to reach 10000 either.

#5 Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma
India's opening batsman Rohit Sharma has been a prolific run-getter in the ODI format. Although he hasn't been able to replicate that in Test cricket yet he is one of the best in ODI cricket in the modern era. The way he has been contributing to Indian at the opener's slot, has been instrumental in the team's success for quite a while. The right-hander has 5617 runs to his credit in 161 matches. He averages 43.2 and has 12 hundreds and 32 fifties in the format. He is also the only player in the world to score 2 double hundreds in ODIs and his knock of 264 is the highest score in the format. It seems he is far away from 10000 ODI runs but the 30-year-old has plenty of years ahead of him to bring up that landmark.