Rohit Sharma reached a significant milestone when he became the fastest batter to score 1000 runs in World Cup history on October 11 during India’s World Cup 2023 match against Afghanistan at Delhi’s Arun Jaitley Stadium.

With this achievement, he became the fourth Indian player to surpass the coveted landmark of 1000 ODI World Cup runs.

A total of 23 players have achieved the remarkable feat of scoring over 1000 runs in the World Cup, and this number is expected to grow as the tournament progresses.

The legendary West Indies batsman, Sir Viv Richards, was the pioneer in this regard, achieving this milestone in 1987.

Let us dive right into the batters who reached the landmark in the fewest innings.

Rohit Sharma and David Warner – 19 innings

Rohit Sharma and David Warner jointly hold the title of the fastest players to reach 1000 ODI World Cup runs, both achieving this feat in 19 innings.

Warner accomplished this feat during Australia’s World Cup 2023 opener against India in Chennai, where he made 41 runs off 52 balls.

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In the 2019 World Cup, both Rohit and Warner led the run-scoring charts, with Warner finishing just one run behind Rohit’s total.

Sachin Tendulkar and AB de Villiers – 20 innings

Sachin Tendulkar was the second player in World Cup history to cross the 1000-run mark in 1999 during a high-stakes match against Pakistan in Manchester.

It took him just 20 innings to reach this significant landmark, a record that remained unchallenged for 24 years until David Warner surpassed it.

Former South Africa skipper AB de Villiers also achieved this milestone, accomplishing it during his 58-ball 77 against Pakistan in Auckland during the 2015 World Cup.

De Villiers holds the distinction of being the fastest South African player to reach 1000 ODI World Cup runs.

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Viv Richards and Sourav Ganguly – 21 innings

Sir Viv Richards, the Windies cricketing legend, was the first player to accumulate more than 1000 runs in the history of the tournament during 1987 edition.

He held the record for being the quickest batter to reach this milestone in his farewell tournament, a distinction he maintained for 12 years until Sachin Tendulkar surpassed it.

Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly, like Richards, played 21 World Cup innings in his career. Intriguingly, both iconic cricketers achieved the 1000-run mark in their final innings of the prestigious tournament.

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Richards made 67 against Pakistan in Karachi, while Ganguly required only seven runs against Sri Lanka to become the second joint-fastest player to reach 1000 ODI World Cup runs in 2007.

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