After being voted as the ODI Cricketer of the Year 2019 by ICC on Wednesday, Rohit Sharma achieved yet another milestone on Friday in the second ODI against Australia at Rajkot. The Indian opener completed 7000 ODI runs as an opener when he was on the score of 13 at Rajkot on Friday. Rohit Sharma became the 4th Indian to achieve this feat after Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Virender Sehwag.
The Hit-man of India, Rohit Sharma amassed 7000 runs in ODI cricket and became the eleventh player to touch the milestone. More interestingly, the right-handed opener achieved this feat in just 137 innings which is the fastest among the 11 players. He broke Proteas’ opener Hashim Amla’s 147 innings record to become the fastest opener to complete the milestone.
In 2019, Sharma became the fastest player to score 6000 ODI runs. It was during the last time Australia visited India in 2019 when Rohit Sharma broke South Africa’s Hashim Amla’s record to become the quickest to 6000 ODI runs as an opener. Hashim Amla took 123 innings to reach 6000 ODI runs while the Indian opener achieved the milestone in just 121 innings.
Till date, more than 30 players have scored 3000+ runs in ODI cricket including Hashim Amla, Sachin Tendulkar and Virendra Sehwag. However, no one has managed to score at an average of 50 or 50+. But, it’s not the case with Rohit Sharma. The ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year 2019 averages 57.61 while opening the innings. Hashim Amla and Sachin Tendulkar with 49.89 and 48.29 respectively are second and third in the list when it comes to average.