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IND vs AUS: Rohit Sharma becomes third fastest batsman to reach 8000 runs in ODIs

Rohit Sharma Photograph:( Reuters )

New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 13, 2019, 09.29 PM (IST)

Rohit Sharma added another major milestone to his name as he became the third fastest to reach 8000 ODI runs during the series decider against Australia in New Delhi on Wednesday. 

Rohit Sharma played a brilliant inning and scored his 41st ODI half-century before giving away his wicket for 56 runs.  

The Indian cricket team opener achieved the feat on his 200th ODI innings and is tied with former India skipper Sourav Ganguly. Virat Kohli was the fastest with 175 innings while AB De Villers is second with 182.

Overall, he become the ninth Indian cricket team player to reach 8000 runs after Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Sourav Ganguly and Mohammad Azharuddin.

In the fourth ODI in Mohali, Rohit completed 3000 ODI runs on home soil and also became the joint fastest to reach achieve the feat along with South Africa’s Hashim Amla (57 innings). 

Meanwhile, Australia defeated India Wednesday by 35 runs to win the fifth One-Day International at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium. By virtue of this win, the visitors have won the five-game series 3-2.

Opting to bat, Australia were restricted to a score of 272 runs despite Usman Khawaja hitting a century and Peter Handscomb slamming a half-century.

In reply, India were bowled out for 237 runs as wickets kept tumbling and vice-captain Rohit Sharma didn't find any support at the other end.