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Rajkot: India’s Rohit Sharma on Friday became the fastest batsman to score 7000 ODI runs as opener, leaving behind Hashim Amla and Sachin Tendulkar. Rohit achieved the feat during the second ODI against Australia at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium against Australia.
While Rohit took 137 innings to reach the milestone, Amla, who now stands at the second spot, had achieved the feat in 147 innings. Tendulkar had completed 7,000 ODI runs in 160 inniings.
Rohit also became the fourth Indian opener to complete 7,000 ODI runs. Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Virender Sehwag are the three other batsmen to have reached this milestone.
The 32-year-old, who had failed to score much during India’s thrashing in Mumbai, looked to be in fine form in Rajkot before he was dismissed by Adam Zampa after scoring 42 off 44 deliveries.
The Mumbaikar missed out on completing another record as he fell four runs short of reaching 9,000 runs in ODIs. Even though Rohit started as a middle-order batsman in the Indian team, then skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni promoted him to the top during the 2013 Champions Trophy.
‘Rohit fine, should be able to play final ODI’
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli said that opener Rohit Sharma should be fit enough to play the final ODI against Australia in Bengaluru on Sunday.
During the second ODI here on Friday, which India won by 36 runs, Rohit had injured his left shoulder in the 43rd over of the Australian innings while trying to stop a boundary.
Kohli said that Rohit had dislocated his left shoulder but there is no indication of it being a long-term injury. (IANS)