Sharma becomes fastest opener to score 7,000 ODI runs

India star batsman Rohit Sharma on Friday (January 17) has become the fastest opening batsman to score 7,000 runs in ODI cricket. With this record, Sharma left behind Hashim Amla and Sachin Tendulkar.

Rohit Sharma started his career as a middle-order batsman.

Sharma achieved the glorious feat during the second of the three-match ODI series between India and Australia at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot.

Sharma took 137 innings to reach the milestone. On the other hand, the previous record holder was South Africa’s Hashim Amla, who needed 147 innings to touch the feat.

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Indian all-time legend Sachin Tendulkar completed 7,000 runs in 160 innings.

With this feat, Sharma also became the fourth Indian opener to complete 7,000 runs in the 50-over format, after Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Virendar Sehwag.

After failing to open his account in the first ODI of the series in Mumbai, Sharma looked to be in good touch for a big knock, only to be dismissed by Adam Zampa on 42 off 44 balls.

Overall Sharma has 8,996 runs to his credit from 216 innings in ODI cricket. He is just four runs away from completing 9,000 runs.

Sharma started in the Indian national side as a middle-order batsman. Thereafter the then India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni promoted him to the top during the 2013 Champions Trophy. Since then, Sharma proved himself to be an unstoppable force with the bat in this format of the game.

In the meantime, KL Rahul became the fourth-fastest Indian to bring up 1,000 ODI runs during his listering knock of 80 from 52 deliveries against Australia in the second match in Rajkot. Rahul made his ODI debut in 2016, and has a career-best innings of 111.

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