Team India opener Rohit Sharma on Friday became the fastest opener to reach 7000 ODI runs, overtaking legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, Proteas batsman Hashim Amla, Sri Lanka opener Tilakaratne Dilshan, Sourav Ganguly.
Rohit needed 23 runs to reach the milestone before the start of an all-important clash considering the defeat in the opening ODI at Wankhede. The 32-year-old has achieved the tally of 7000 ODI runs in 137 innings, which is 10 fewer than Amla who reached the same in 147 innings. Tendulkar further reached the milestone in 160 innings. Sri Lankan opener Tilakaratne Dilshan took 165 innings, with Sourav Ganguly requiring 168 innings.
Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan ensured a strong start for India, stitching a partnership of 81 runs in the second ODI of the three-match series at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot. The former was dismissed for 42 runs off 44 deliveries following a full length delivery by Adam Zampa which he failed to negotiate, with the ball going on to hit the pad.
Virat Kohli is back at the No 3 position, having battled a position down in the opening clash of the series at the Wankhede. While Manish Pandey replaces Rishabh Pant in the lineup, Navdeep Saini has been included in place of pacer Shardul Thakur. Australia on the other hand are unchanged for this vital clash.