Hailed as one of the most destructive openers in white-ball cricket – Rohit Sharma is just one ton away from creating history in Australia. In the upcoming three-match ODI series against Australia, Rohit has a great chance of scripting a unique ODI record where he can overtake Windies legend Sir Viv Richards. Both Rohit and Sir Viv have scored three centuries each against Australia in Australia.
Whereas, Rohit has taken just 16 ODIs to achieve the feat, the Windies great managed to score the same number of tons in 40 outings. Thus, if Rohit manages to score one more hundred in the upcoming series versus Kangaroos, he will reach the top of the pile.
Most ODI Century against Australia in Australia
3 – R Sharma(16 Matches)
3 – V Richard(40)
2 – J Trott(7)
2 – VVS Laxman(9)
2 – GA Hick(10)
2 – V Kohli(12)
The three-match ODI series between Australia and India will begin on January 12 in Sydney. The second and third match will be played at Adelaide and Melbourne on January 15 and 18 respectively.
Rohit was a part of India’s Test squad for the four-match Test series against Aussies. However, he left the Team India squad before the fourth and final Test to spend time with his wife Ritika Sajdeh, who gave birth to their first child Samaira on December 30.
Earlier, former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar hailed Rohit for translating his success from white ball cricket to red ball format.“The standout performer in both the limited overs series and the T20 series has been Rohit Sharma. Like Virender Sehwag before him, he is unstoppable once he gets going and like Viru he has an appetite for big hundreds. When Viru used to get out looking to hit another delivery out of the park, there used to be consternation around the ground, just like it is when Rohit gets out to a seemingly casual shot.”
Rohit has been included in the Test squad to face Australia and Gavaskar is hopeful that the right-hander will be able to translate his white ball form in Test cricket.
Last year during the T20I series versus Windies, Rohit went past Virat Kohli and Martin Guptill to become the highest run-scorer in the world in the shortest format of the game.