After missing out in action during the T20I series, vice-captain Rohit Sharma will be looking to set records straight in the five-match ODI rubber against Australia in the upcoming series. During the 50-over series, Rohit will have a few records in sight. The explosive India opener has enjoyed a lot of success against Australia, especially in the ODI format. He shot to prominence at the highest level with his consistent performances as early as 2007-08 in the tri-series involving Sri Lanka and Australia in Australia.
Currently, Rohit is third on the list of leading run-getters in an India-Australia series, he has scored 1778 runs in 31 matches in the coloured clothing. Rohit his behind batting stalwarts Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting. Tendulkar has 3077 runs against his name in 71 matches at an average of 44.59. Whereas Ponting has 2164 runs under his belt at an average of 40.07.
During the 5-match ODI series, Rohit has a chance to go past Ponting’s tally in the upcoming series as he is only 386 runs behind the Australia great. Also, Rohit averages a grand 68.85 against the reigning world champions. Former India skipper MS Dhoni (1548) and captain Virat Kohli (1335) are also on the top 10 leading run-scorers list in India-Australia ODIs.
The 31-year old Rohit is also second on the list of most run scored in India-Australia ODIs at home. With 788 runs in 12 matches, he is only behind Tendulkar, who had scored 1561 runs from 30 matches. Kohli is third on the list with 706 runs from 15 matches.
Rohit aims to pip Tendulkar’s record in India vs Australia ODIs
Meanwhile, Rohit also has the opportunity to break Sachin’s record for the most number of hundreds in India-Australia ODIs. While Tendulkar sits at the top in the list with nine centuries from 71 matches). So far, the Mumbai dasher has hit seven centuries in just 31 matches. Notably, Rohit’s second highest ODI score (209) came against Australia in Bengaluru in 2013. On the other side, Kohli is joint third on the list alongside Ponting with six centuries in India-Australia ODIs.
Rohit needs just one more century to match Tendulkar’s record (4) of most centuries in India-Australia ODIs at home. Notably, Rohit, Kohli, and Ponting are tied at the second spot on the list with three centuries each. Earlier, Rohit showcased his love for Australia during India’s tour earlier this year as he top scored in the team’s historic 2-1 win with 185 runs from three matches, including a 133 in Sydney.
India and Australia play five ODIs from March 2 which will also be the hosts’ final international assignment ahead of the World Cup. Having lost the T20I series 2-0, India will be hoping for a quick turnaround in fortunes in the 50-over format.