India vs Australia 2nd ODI: Rohit Sharma breaks Hashim Amla world record in Rajkot
India vs Australia 2nd ODI: Rohit Sharma became the fastest batsman to score 7000 ODI runs as opener, leaving behind Hashim Amla and Sachin Tendulkar.Updated: Jan 18, 2020 08:27 IST
Rohit Sharma became fastest to reach 7000 ODI runs as an opener in the 2nd ODI against Australia at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot on Friday. Rohit, who was dismissed for 42 off 44 balls, went past South African’s Hashim. Rohit took 137 innings to reach the milestone while Amla had taken 147 innings. Legendary Indian cricketer had completed 7,000 ODI runs in 160 inniings.
Rohit also became the fourth Indian opener ever to complete 7000 runs in ODIs. The three other openers to reach this milestone were Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Virender Sehwag. Rohit looked in good touch against the Australia bowlers and he was finally dismissed by Adam Zampa after scoring 42 off just 44 deliveries. He was close to completing another record but fell just four runs short of reaching 9000 runs in ODIs.
Australia won the toss and decided to send India in to bat in Rajkot..
The visitors have a 1-0 lead in the three-match series after a 10-wicket win in the first match at Mumbai. They need just one more win to seal a second consecutive ODI series win in India after its 3-2 victory in March 2019.
India made two changes in a bid to bounce back from the big loss in the previous game. Rishabh Pant was ruled out of the match with a concussion. He was hit on the head while batting in the previous game and didn’t take further part in Mumbai.
Lokesh Rahul will keep wicket in his absence. Manish Pandey comes in to bolster the Indian batting in Pant’s absence. Navdeep Saini is the second change, coming in for pacer Shardul Thakur.
Australia fielded an unchanged lineup in its bid to wrap up the series with a game in hand.
(With agency inputs)