The dashing wicket keeper batsman Kumar Sangakkara registered his name in the all-time great batsmen in the One Day Internationals who have smashed 10,000 runs in the limited form of cricket. He became the 10th batsman to achieve the distinctive feat once he scored a single on the fifth ball in the 18th over of the innings. The match was played against Australia in the Commonwealth Series 6th match on February 17, 2012, at Sydney Cricket Ground. Sangakkara dispatched 30 off 29 balls studded with one six and five fours which the tourists won the match comprehensively by a huge margin of eight wickets.
We will highlight the batsmen who have thrashed 10,000 runs in the attractive form of cricket to date. India and Sri Lanka are leading in the list as three of their batsmen have positioned themselves in the honourable list, Australia, Pakistan, South Africa and West Indies have enlightened with one batsman each. Five of the batsmen have quitted from the game and the rest are still accumulating runs while participating in the ceremonial games.
1) Sachin Tendulkar (India) 18,176 runs
Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar was born on April 24, 1973, in Mumbai, Maharashtra, a right hand batsman and right-arm spin bowler who can deliver off break and leg break equally good as desired by the situation. Sachin Tendulkar has the unique distinction of mounting highest runs in Test as well as ODI formats of the game and his bat is still flourishing the runs.
The little master made his debut on December 18, 2012, against their arch rivals Pakistan at Municipal Stadium, Gujranwala and was unable to open his account.
The 38-year-old has played 456 matches, smashed 18176 runs at an average of 44. 99 runs, the best of unbeaten 200 with 48 hundreds and 95 fifties which are the highest tons by any batsmen in the history of the game.
Sachin Tendulkar was the first batsman to score 10,000 runs in ODI Cricket.
Sachin Tendulkar thrashed his 10,000 runs on March 31, 2001, at Nehru Stadium, Indore, in the third ODI vs. Australia in his 259th match which is the fastest among all. He butchered the Kangaroos attach by scoring 139 runs off 125 balls with 19 fours.
It seems difficult at the moment if any batsman can break his record in runs or centuries. He has scored 99 centuries in International cricket and is looking for his 100th hundred which he may achieve in the ongoing Commonwealth Bank Series in Aaustralia.
2) Ricky Ponting (Australia) 13,697 runs
Ricky Thomas Ponting was born on December 19, 1974, in Launceston, Tasmania, a right hand top order batsman and an occasional right arm medium fast bowler. He is one of the best Captains of Australia and the nation has won two ICC Cricket World Cups in 2003 and 2007 under his leadership.
The prolific run getter made his debut against South Africa on February 15, 1995 at Basin Reserve, Wellington (neutral venue) and scored just one run.
The 37-year-old took part in 374 matches, scored 13697 runs averaging 42.14, the best of 164 runs with 30 centuries and 82 fifties.
Ricky Ponting assured his 10,000 runs in the 266th match played vs. South Africa on March 24, 2007, at Warner Park, Basseterre, where he scored 91 runs off 91 balls with two sixes and eight fours.
3) Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka) 13,430 runs
Sanath Teran Jayasuriya was born on last day of June, 1969 in Matra, a dashing left hand all-rounder, who used to bat left hand and a quality left-arm spin bowler.
He was one of the hard hitting batsmen while opening the innings, believed in aggression rather than compromise and in fact, displayed the world how to attack in the opening overs.
The left hander made his debut against Australia on December 26, 1989, at Melbourne Cricket Ground and scored three runs.
The 42 year-old appeared in his last game against England at Kennington Oval, London, on June 28, 2011 and scored two runs.
The master batsman has appeared in 445 matches, scored 13430 runs at an average of 32.36, the best of 189 with 28 hundreds and 68 half centuries.
Sanath Jayasuriya got the honours of scoring 10,000 runs in his 328th match played against India in the Indian Oil Cup- Final on August 9, 2005, at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo where he scored 67 runs off 77 balls with nine fours.
4) Inzamam-Ul-Haq (Pakistan) 11739 runs
He was born on March 3, 1970 in Multan, a right hand batsman and left-arm spin bolwer. He was a source of Pakistan’s World Cup triumph in 1992 under the leadership of great Imran Khan and played few brisk innings in the tournamanet.
The middle order batsman played his first match against West Indies on November 22, 1991 at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore and scored 20 runs.
The right hander played his last game on March 21, 2007 against Zimbabwe at Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica (neutral venue) and scored 37 runs.
The 41-year-old has appeared in 378 encounters, scored 11739 runs with an avearge of 39.52, the best of unbeaten 137 runs with 10 tons and 83 fifties.
Inzamam secured 10,000 runs in his 299th match which was played vs. India in the ICC Champions Trophy on September 19, 2004, at Edgbaston, Birmingham and scored 41 runs.
5) Jacques Kallis (South Africa), 11481 runs
Jacques Henry Kallis was born on October 16, 1975 in Pinelands, Cape Town, Cape Province, one among the best all rounders in the modern day cricket, a right hand batsman and right-arm medium fast bowler. He is a prominent player for the Proteas and has won them quite a few games by his individual performance.
He made his debut against England on January 9, 1996 at Newlands, Cape Town and scored 38 runs. He is holding the highest average among the top ten run scorers of the limited over game.
The 36-year-old has played 319 matches, scored 11481 runs at an avearge of 45.55, the best of 139 runs with 17 centuries and 85 fifties.
He is still at his best and there is much to be delivered from his bat until he calls it a day which looks quite far yet.
Kallis achieved the distinction of getting 10,000 runs in his 272nd match against Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 23, 2009, where he scored 60 runs.
6) Sourav Ganguly (India) 11363 runs
Sourav Chandidas Ganguly was born on July 8, 1972 in Calcutta, Bengal, a left hand batsman and right-arm medium fast bowler. He was among one of the most successful Captains of India and always tried to led them from the front by his individual performance.
He initiated his career against West Indies on January 11, 1992 at Brisbane Cricket Ground (neutral venue) and managed just three runs. The left hand batsman appeared in his last assignment on November 15, 2007 against Pakistan at Captain Roop Singh Stadium, Gwaliar and scored five runs.
The 39-year-old has played 311 matches, scored 11363 runs averaging 41.02, the best of 183 runs with 22 hundreds and 72 fifties.
Ganguly dispatched 10,000 runs in his 263rd match played against Sri Lanka on August 3rd, 2005, at Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, and scored 51 runs.
7) Rahul Dravid (India) 10889 runs
Rahul Sharad Dravid was born on January 11, 1973, in Indore,Madhiya pradesh, a right hand batsman, right-arm off spin bowler and occassional wicket keeper. He is supposed to be a wall of Indian batting, a batsman who liked to creep instead of attack and has enbled his country with countless positive innings. The sound batsman has hanged his boots recently in the ODIs and is concentrating on the longest version of the game.
Dravid made his debut against Sri Lanka on April 3, 1996, at The Padang, Singapore (neutral venue) and scored three runs. He played his last encounter against England on September 16, 2011, at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff and contributed 69 runs.
The 39-year-old has taken part in 344 matches, scored 10889 runs at a average of 39.16, the best of 153 with the help of 12 centuries and 83 fifties.
Rahul Dravid achieved the milestone of 10,000 runs in his 287th match played vs. Sri Lanka on February 14, 2007, at Nehru Stadium, Fatorda, Margao, and scored 66 runs.
8) Brian Lara (West Indies) 10405 runs
Brian Charles Lara was born on May 2, 1969, in Cantaro, Santa Cruz, Trinidad, a stylish left hand batsman and a leg break spin bowler if required. He had entusiasm for cricket eversince his childhoold and made a splendid show of his credentials while maturing in to a finest batsman.
Lara made his debut against Pakistan on Novmber 9, 1990, at National Stadium, Karachi and scored 11 runs. He played his last game against England on April 21, 2007, at Kesington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados, and was run out on 18 runs.
The 42-year-old took part in 299 encounters, scored 10405 runs while holding an average of 40.48, the best of 169 with 19 hundreds and 63 fifties.
Lara got his 10,000 runs in the 278th match played against Pakistan on December 16, 2006, at National Stadium, Karachi, and scored 44 runs.
9) Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka) 10235 runs
Denagamage Proboth Mahela de Silva Jayawardene was born on May 27, 1977, in Colombo, a right hand batsman and an occassional right-arm medium fast bowler. He is one of the back bones of the Sri Lankan cricket and his bat has flourished numerious match winning innings.
Jayawardene came in to the field on January 24, 1998, against Zimbabwe at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo and remained unbeaten on one run.
The 34-year-old has played 363 ODIs, scored 10235 runs averaging 33.44, the best of 144 runs with 15 hundreds and 63 fifties.
Jayawardene is at the bottom of the list as he scored 10,000 runs in his 333rd match played vs. Pakistan on November 18, 2011, at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, and managed 17 runs.
10) Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka) 10019 runs
Kumar Chokshanada Sangakkara was born on October 27, 1977, in Matale, a left hand top order batsman and an excellent wicket keeper ever produced by the Islanders. He is one of the best wicket keeper batsman in the game and delivers his best when the team is in crises.
Snagakkara played his first match against Pakistan on July 5, 2000, at Galle International Stadium, and scored 35 runs.
The 34-year-old took part in 315 matches, scored 10019 runs at an average of 37.80, the best of unbeaten 138 with 12 tons and 67 half centuries.
Sangakkara was the latest addition in the 10,000 runs club in his 296th match played against Australia on February 17, 2012, at Sydney Cricket Ground, where he scored 30 runs.