Ross Taylor goes past Stephen Fleming to become New Zealand’s leading run-getter in ODIs

Ross Taylor and his love for the University Oval, Dunedin continued as the Kiwi batsman achieved another milestone at the venue. This time, it was the biggest achievement of his career so far. In the 3rd ODI between New Zealand and Bangladesh, Taylor became the leading run-getter for New Zealand in ODI cricket.

The right-hander toppled former Kiwi captain Stephen Fleming to occupy the pole position. Fleming had 8007 to his name from 280 ODIs. Taylor overtook Fleming in his knock of 69. Before the match, Taylor was 50* runs behind at the 2nd spot. As he scored his 51st run in the first innings, it was a special moment of becoming the highest run-getter for the country in the format.

The astonishing fact about Taylor’s career is that he has taken just 203 innings to reach there. Fleming had scored those runs in 269 ODI innings. With this achievement, the 34-year-old has strengthened his claim for being the best ODI player ever from New Zealand. Among the current active players, Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson are in the top 10 run-getters. Guptill is at No. 4 while Williamson occupies the 6th spot.

Most runs for New Zealand in ODI cricket

Player Runs Matches Innings Average Strike Rate
Ross Taylor 8021 218 203 48.32 83.32
Stephen Fleming 8007 280 269 32.42 71.49
Nathan Astle 7090 223 217 34.93 72.64
Martin Guptill 6440 169 166 43.22 87.45
Brendon McCullum 6083 260 228 30.41 96.37
Kane Williamson 5554 139 133 45.91 82.63
Chris Cairns 4881 215 193 29.46 84.27
Craig McMillan 4707 197 183 28.19 75.94
Martin Crowe 4704 143 140 38.24 72.64
Scott Styris 4483 188 161 32.49 79.42

-Stats as of February 20, 2019


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