Delhi [India], Mar 13 (ANI): Swashbuckling Indian vice-captain Rohit Sharma on Wednesday added another feather to his already illustrious cap, equalling former cricketer Sourav Ganguly's record of being the third fastest to reach 8000 runs in ODI cricket.
Rohit, known as the Hitman, achieved this feat in his 200th inning during the fifth ODI against Australia at the Feroz Shah Kotla Ground in Delhi. He came on to the field with 7954 runs and used only 67 balls to complete the feat.
The Hitman's team-mate and captain Virat Kohli is the fastest to register 8000 runs, having achieved the milestone in 175 innings and is followed by former South Africa cricketer AB de Villiers, who accomplished it in 182 innings.
Overall, Rohit has become the ninth Indian cricketer to join the elite club.
The Indian vice-captain had a disastrous start in the five-match series against Australia as he managed to score just 51 runs from three matches. But Rohit made a solid comeback during the fourth ODI, where he hammered 95 runs when the team needed the most.
However, the bowlers could not defend 358 as Australia chased down the mammoth total with four wickets and 13 balls remaining to level the series 2-2.
India are currently play Australia in the decider match. The hosts have been set to chase a target of 273 in the fifth ODI. (ANI)