During his unbeaten innings of 84 from 81 balls against Australia at Kennington Oval on Monday, former Sri Lankan skipper Mahela Jayawardene became the eighth player to cross the 11,000-run mark in one-day internationals. The game against Australia was his 394thmatch and he finished the game with 11,022 runs. Having played 368 innings, Jayawardene now averages 33 with 15 hundreds and 69 fifties. The former Lankan skipper’s highest score is 144, and he has scored his runs at a strike rate of 78. Jayawardene’s runs have included 38 not outs and 26 ducks. Here’s a look at the other batsmen who have registered over 11,000 runs in one-day cricket.
Kumar Sangakkara:Another former Lankan captain, the elegant left-hander has played 343 matches and has notched up 11,231 runs at an average of 39 and strike rate of 76. Sangakkara has 15 hundreds and 75 fifties to his credit, with a highest score of 138 not out. He has been unbeaten on 34 occasions and has scored zero 10 times.
Sourav Ganguly:One of India’s greatest ODI batsmen, Ganguly played 311 matches for India and amassed 11,363 runs at an average of 41 with 22 tons and 72 fifties. Ganguly got his runs at a strike rate of 74, his highest score being that magnificent 183 at Taunton. During his career, Ganguly remained unbeaten on 23 occasions and was out for a duck 16 times.
Jacques Kallis:The South African all-rounder has so far featured in 321 games, scoring 11,498 runs at an average of 45 and strike rate of 73. Kallis’ figures include 17 fifties and 85 half-centuries, with 139 being his highest. Kallis has, till date, recorded 53 not outs and 16 ducks.
Inzamam-Ul-Haq:A batting legend from Pakistan, Haq featured in 378 matches and notched up 11,739 runs, averaging 39.5 with a strike rate of 74. During his career, Haq managed only 10 tons but compiled 83 fifties, with 137 not out being his highest score. The former Pakistan skipper has been unbeaten on 53 occasions and has also made 20 ducks.
Sanath Jayasuriya:The Lankan giant played 445 matches for Sri Lanka and scored 13,430 runs, averaging 32.3 at an amazing strike rate of 91. Jayasuriya’s career saw him notch up 28 hundreds and 68 half-centuries with a highest score of 189 against his favourite opponents India. The left-hander registered 18 not outs and 34 ducks during his career.
Ricky Ponting:Australia’s numero uno batsman, Ponting played 375 matches, scoring 13,704 runs at an average of 42 and strike rate of 80.3. During an amazing career, Punter slammed 30 tons and 82 fifties, with a highest score of 164. Ponting remained not out on 39 occasions and made 20 ducks.
Sachin Tendulkar:The Indian maestro is well ahead of the pack, with 18,426 runs in 463 matches, averaging 45 at a strike rate of 86. Tendulkar’s highest score is 200 not out against South Africa. During his marvellous career, he slammed 49 hundreds and 96 fifties. While he remained unbeaten on 41 occasions he also registered 20 ducks.
--By A Cricket Analyst