Indian opener Rohit Sharma didn’t have a good start in the ongoing series against Australia. He scored only 51 runs from the first three games which had 37 as highest and also a duck.
However Rohit came back to form in the fourth ODI as he gave a good start.He hammered 95 and stitched a193-run partnership with fellow opener Shikhar Dhawan. While Rohit missed his century by 5 runs, Dhawan went on to score 143.
Both the batsmen laid to the strong foundation of India’s big score of 358 for 9. But unfortunately the bowlers failed to complement the effort as the Aussies chased down the huge target inside 48 overs.
The Men in Blue will hope that Rohit builds on his good score in the series-decider in Delhi. The vice-captain will also be eager to do so as it can add a new feather to his cap. Rohit needs just 46 runs from the fifth ODI to become third fastest to reach 8000 ODI runs and equal Sourav Ganguly’s record.
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The former Indian skipper achieved this feat in 200 innings. Rohit will play his 200th innings in Kotla and can equal the record there. Indian skipper Virat Kohli is the fastest to reach 8000 ODI innings in just 175 innings.
Kohli is followed by veteran South African AB de Villiers who achieved it in 182 innings. Overall Rohit will be the ninth Indian batsman to achieve this record. Before that Kohli, MS Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Sourav Ganguly and Mohammad Azharuddin have made this record.
India will now be looking to win the series-decider and win the series by 3-2. They can take confidence from the record Australia has in Kotla. Both the teams have faced four times in Kotla where India had won thrice. Overall India have won 12 games out of 19 while playing in Kotla.