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Amla goes past Kohli; quickest to hit 20 ODI centuries

By Rajneesh Gupta
March 03, 2015 20:20 IST
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Hashim Amla celebrates his century against Ireland. Photograph: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

South Africa's run machine Hashim Amla created another record as he became the quickest batsman ever to hit 20 centuries in One-Day Internationals.

Amla, who stroked a career-best 159 against Ireland at Canberra on Tuesday, took only 108 innings to reach the milestone, beating the previous record held by India's Virat Kohli, who took 133 innings for the same.

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Quickest to score 20 ODI hundreds (in terms of least innings):

Batsman

Inns

Hashim Amla (SA)

108

Virat Kohli (Ind)

133

AB de Villiers (SA)

175

Sachin Tendulkar (Ind)

197

Sourav Ganguly (Ind)

214

Herschelle Gibbs (SA)

217

Chris Gayle (WI)

226

Saeed Anwar (Pak)

243

Ricky Ponting (Aus)

244

Tillakaratne Dilshan (SL)

279

Sanath Jayasuriya (SL)

350

Kumar Sangakkara (SL)

366

It took Amla six years, 360 days starting from his ODI debut to achieve the landmark. Only one player -- Kohli -- has done so in lesser duration, taking six years and 60 days.

Quickest to score 20 ODI centuries (in terms of time taken):

Batsman

Yrs

Days

Virat Kohli (Ind)

6

60

Hashim Amla (SA)

6

360

Sachin Tendulkar (Ind)

8

325

AB de Villiers (SA)

10

25

Ricky Ponting (SA)

11

25

Sourav Ganguly (Ind)

11

43

Herschelle Gibbs (SA)

11

123

Chris Gayle (WI)

12

300

Saeed Anwar (Pak)

14

59

Kumar Sangakkara (SL)

14

161

Tillakaratne Dilshan (SL)

15

43

Sanath Jayasuriya (SL)

16

176

Former India batsman Sachin Tendulkar was the youngest (in terms of age) to reach this milestone -- at the age of 25 years and 198 days, followed by Kohli.

Hashim Amla is at the sixth position in this elite list. Take a look:

Youngest to score 20 ODI centuries:

Batsman

Yrs

Days

Sachin Tendulkar (Ind)

25

198

Virat Kohli (Ind)

25

346

Sourav Ganguly (Ind)

30

230

AB de Villiers (SA)

31

10

Ricky Ponting (SA)

31

83

Hashim Amla (SA)

31

338

Chris Gayle (WI)

32

290

Herschelle Gibbs (SA)

33

345

Saeed Anwar (Pak)

34

176

Sanath Jayasuriya (SL)

36

355

Kumar Sangakkara (SL)

37

47

Tillakaratne Dilshan (SL)

38

101

The following table gives the details of a player’s ODI career after the innings in which this milestone was achieved. It is really remarkable that Amla has the highest batting average despite remaining unbeaten on only nine times!

Batting record after 20th ODI hundred was scored:

Batsman

Mts

Inns

NO

Runs

Hs

Avg

50s

0s

SR

Hashim Amla (SA)

111

108

9

5616

159

56.72

28

2

89.85

AB de Villiers (SA)

182

175

30

7676

162*

52.94

43

6

98.20

Virat  Kohli (Ind)

141

133

19

5879

183

51.57

31

10

89.85

Ricky Ponting (Aus)

250

244

29

9191

164

42.75

52

15

79.30

Sachin Tendulkar (Ind)

204

197

19

7575

143

42.56

43

8

85.92

Sourav Ganguly (Ind)

222

214

16

8408

183

42.46

50

10

74.37

Kumar  Sangakkara (SL)

389

366

38

13339

169

40.67

91

15

77.73

Chris Gayle (WI)

231

226

17

8328

153*

39.85

45

21

84.57

Saeed Anwar (Pak)

246

243

18

8783

194

39.04

43

15

80.62

Tillakaratne Dilshan (SL)

305

279

40

9299

160*

38.91

41

9

85.89

Herschelle Gibbs (SA)

224

217

16

7383

175

36.73

33

22

83.35

Sanath Jayasuriya (SL)

359

350

15

10758

189

32.11

60

28

88.78

Quickest to score hundreds 1- 49 in one-day internationals:

100 #

Batsman

Innings taken

1

Dennis Amiss (Eng), Desmond Haynes (WI), Andy Flower (Zim), Salim Elahi (Pak), Shahid Afridi (Pak), Martin Guptill (NZ), Colin Ingram (SA), Rob Nicol (NZ), Phil Hughes (Aus), Michael Lumb (Eng)

1

2

Nick Knight (Eng) & Mohammad Shahzad (Afg)

3

3

Dennis Amiss (Eng) & Kevin Pietersen (Eng)

9

4

Quinton de Kock (SA)

16

5

Quinton de Kock (SA)

19

6

Upul Tharanga (SL)

29

7

Hashim Amla (SA)

41

8

Hashim Amla (SA)

43

9

Hashim Amla (SA)

52

10

Hashim Amla (SA)

57

11

Hashim Amla (SA)

64

12

Hashim Amla (SA)

81

13

Hashim Amla (SA)

83

14

Hashim Amla (SA))

84

15

Hashim Amla (SA)

86

16

Hashim Amla (SA)

94

17

Hashim Amla (SA)

98

18

Hashim Amla (SA)

102

19

Hashim Amla (SA)

104

20

Hashim Amla (SA)

108

21

Virat Kohli (Ind)

138

22

Virat Kohli (Ind)

143

23-49

Sachin Tendulkar (Ind)

214-451

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