Khulna: Former Australia batsman Brad Hodge on Thursday created history by becoming the first batsman to reach 5,000 runs in Twenty20 cricket. The 38-year-old, currently plying his trade in the Bangladesh Premier League for Barisal Burners, achieved the feat during his team’s 21-run defeat to Chittagong Kings.
Hodge currently has 5009 runs in all Twenty20 cricket at an average of 36.29, inclusive of two centuries and 34 fifties, from 171 matches spanning back to 2003. The next best batsman in the format is a fellow Australian and Victorian, David Hussey, with 4821 runs from 198 matches.
"I am just very happy," Hodge told ESPNcricinfo. "I have made 10,000 plus runs in Sheffield Shield and 5,000 in T20s, means that I have performed well over the course of my lifetime."
Though he has not played for Australia since 2008, Hodge has become a Twenty20 giant. He has represented 14 teams in all: Australia, Australia A, Victoria, Auckland, Northern Districts, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Durham, Barisal Burners, Kochi Tuskers Kerala, Kolkata Knight Riders, Rajasthan Royals, Melbourne Renegades and Basnahira Cricket Dundee.