Stats: Fastest players to score 3000 runs in ODI cricket

Meg Lanning completed 3000 runs in the ODI format in just 64 innings.

Meg Lanning
Meg Lanning plays a shot. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

Meg Lanning featured in her first competitive game since the last year’s Women’s World Cup as she missed out on all the cricketing action for nearly six months due to a shoulder surgery. The Australian skipper delayed her surgery to feature in the ICC event. Lanning took the field in the first of the 3-match ODI series against India at the Reliance Stadium in Vadodara. She made a decent return by scoring 38-ball 33 before getting run out during the Aussies’ 201-run chase.

The 25-year-old has already done enough to be hailed as limited-overs great in Women’s cricket as she scored 11 hundreds in her 64-match ODI career; more than any other player. She aggregated 3032 in the 64 innings so far at an average of 54.14 striking at a rate of 95.46. With the 33 runs on Monday, Lanning completed 3000 runs in the ODI format. She became only the 12th player and 4th Australian to achieve this milestone in the Women’s ODI cricket.

Lanning needed 64 innings to complete the milestone, the 2nd fewest by any player in Women’s cricket. The former Australian captain Belinda Clark needed only 62 innings for this milestone. Lanning had an opportunity when she faced India in the group stage game where she scored an unbeaten 76. She needed 77 runs to complete 3000 runs in her 62nd innings but ended the game with 2999 runs in her tally. In the semi-final against India, Lanning bagged a duck to remain on 2999 ODI runs.

Meg Lanning is not only the 2nd quickest to 3000 runs in Women’s ODI cricket but also the 3rd fastest in ODI cricket including Men’s cricket. Hashim Amla took 57 innings for the milestone, the fewest of all. Sir Viv Richards is the only other player to take fewer than 70 innings to complete 3000 ODI runs as the West Indian needed 69 innings. Four players in Men’s cricket tied on 72 innings for the milestone while the 3rd fastest in Women’s cricket is another Australian skipper Karen Rolton in 76 innings.

Fastest players to complete 3000 runs in ODI cricket: (Men’s cricket and Women’s cricket)

(Stats as on March 12, 2018)