With the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 nearing, there is a lot of excitement and speculations been made. The CWC 2019 will feature highly anticipated matches and several records might get broken in the tournament. South African opening batsman Hashim Amla is on the brink of breaking Indian captain Virat Kohli’s long-standing record of fastest 8000 runs in ODI cricket.
The inaugural match of ICC World Cup 2019 will be played between the hosts England and South Africa on May 30, at the Kennington Oval Stadium.
In the first match of South Africa, their opening batsman Hashim Amla could reach a new milestone by shattering the long standing record of Indian skipper Virat Kohli. Virat Kohli took 183 matches to complete his 8000 ODI runs.
Hashim Amla, who plays his 175th ODI match on Thursday, is just 90 runs away from becoming the fastest batsman to reach 8000 runs.
After Jacques Kallis (11579 ODI runs), AB de Villiers (9577) and Herschelle Gibbs (8094), Amla will become the fourth South African player to achieve the feat.
Significantly, Virat Kohli has played 183 matches but only took 175 innings to reach the landmark, while Amla has so far played 171 innings in 174 matches. Amla is also the fastest player to score 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000, 6000 and 7000 ODI runs.
Amla is currently experiencing a bad form since the start of 2018 and has scord only 4 half-centuries in 15 outings. Unlike the last editions, where South Africa were always the favourites, this time the Proteas have a weak batting line-up and will hope Amla gets back to top-form for them to reach the semi-finals.