India vs Australia 2019: Rohit Sharma Becomes Third Joint Fastest to Complete 8000 ODI Runs
Team India deputy in the limited-overs cricket Rohit Sharma has scaled the summit of 8000 ODI runs during the ongoing series decider of India vs Australia 2019 series at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi. During his milestone, he has become third joint fastest to achieve the feat alongside Sourav Ganguly in 200 ODI innings.
The 31-year-old Nagpur-born star has been altogether a different player when it comes to the white-ball cricket. The right-handed batsman has notched up three double hundreds since making his debut on June 23, 2007, against Ireland.
In the span of 11 years, Rohit has achieved a lot by taken bowlers to the cleaners.
Coming back to Rohit, who is partaking in the ongoing series required 46 runs to amass 8000 runs ahead of the Delhi ODI. He scored 56 off 89 deliveries before being stumped by Alex Carey on the bowling of Adam Zampa. Rohit played cautious innings in a bid to chase the target of 273 set by Australia.
However, during his 200th innings, Rohit has also recorded 6000 ODI runs as an opener in 121 innings.
Besides, veteran South African batsman Hashim Amla achieved the feat in 123 innings.
The Men in Blue skipper Virat Kohli is leading the charts for being quickest to 8000 runs in fewer innings. The top-order batsman Kohli took 175 innings to achieve the landmark.
So far, in 2016 ODIs, Rohit has amassed 8007 runs at an average of 47.66. He slammed 22 hundreds to continue his domination in the ODI circuit.
Moreover, South African veteran AB de Villiers, who announced his retirement at the age of 34, took 182 innings to amass 8000 ODI runs.
The opening batsman Rohit, who slammed his 41st half-century while playing his 206th ODI, sits at par with former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly while achieving the milestone of 8,000 ODI runs in exactly 200 innings.
At the number four New Zealand star batsman, Ross Taylor achieved the milestone in 203 innings. Sachin Tendulkar, who took 210 innings is fifth on the list.
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