India vs Australia: Without even playing Rohit Sharma creates most unique ODI record for India

Rohit Sharma creates a most unique record in ODI: Despite missing the ODI series against Australia, Team India’s regular opener Rohit Sharma created a unique record in the 50-over cricket. The ‘Hitman’ finishes 2020 with the highest individual score in ODIs for India as none of the India batsmen managed to reach a three-figure score in the ongoing three-match ODI series against hosts Australia.

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Notably, Pandya’s 92 in the highest score for an India player in the ongoing ODI series against Australia, which means, Rohit’s 119 against Australia in Bengaluru on January 19 remains the highest ODI score by an Indian in 2020.

Interestingly, Rohit has hit the highest score for an India player for eight consecutive years now.

Rohit Sharma’s 8-year-long streak in ODIs

  • 2013 – 209
  • 2014 – 264
  • 2015 – 150
  • 2016 – 171*
  • 2017 – 208*
  • 2018 – 152
  • 2019 – 159
  • 2020 – 119

It should be noted that Rohit was not picked for the limited-overs series in Australia due to the hamstring injury he suffered in the IPL 2020. The 33-year-old is yet to completely recover from the injury and is currently in National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru for his rehab programme.

However, the Indian opener has been named in the squad for the four-match Test series but he will miss the first two Tests against Australia and is also doubtful for the remaining two after it was conveyed to the BCCI that the Mumbai batsman will require close to a month to be match fit.

Ind vs Aus 3rd ODI: Virat Kohli breaks one more record of Sachin Tendulkar, now becomes fastest to score 12000 ODI runs

India skipper Virat Kohli added another feather to his illustrious cap by becoming the fastest to reach 12, 000 runs in ODI cricket and in the process broke another record set by the legendary Sachin Tendulkar. The 32-year-old achieved the feat in the third ODI against Australia at the Manuka Oval on Wednesday.

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Tendulkar completed 12,000 ODI runs in 300 innings. Whereas Kohli took just 242 innings to reach the landmark figure.

Fastest to 12,000 runs in ODIs:

  • Virat Kohli – 251 matches, 242 innings
  • Sachin Tendukar – 309 matches, 300 innings
  • Ricky Ponting – 323 matches, 314 innings
  • Kumar Sangakkara – 359 matches, 336 innings
  • Sanath Jayasuriya – 390 matches, 379 innings
  • Mahela Jayawardene – 426 matches, 399 innings

However, Kohl also bagged an unwanted record as for the first time since 2008, the Team India skipper did not score an ODI century in a calendar year.

In his debut in 2008, Kohli smashed 54 and that was the only fifty he hit in that entire year as he finished with an average of 31.8. However, in 11 years, the Delhi batsman managed at least one century with his best being in 2017 and 2018 in which he hit six centuries and averaged 76 and 133.

But, with Kohli being dismissed on 63 on Wednesday in the final ODI of the series against Australia, the Indian skipper failed to keep the century-streak going.

Virat Kohli ODI 100s

  • 2008: 0 (Five innings)
  • 2009: 1 (8)
  • 2010: 3 (24)
  • 2011: 4 (34)
  • 2012: 5 (17)
  • 2013: 4 (30)
  • 2014: 4 (20)
  • 2015: 2 (20)
  • 2016: 3 (10)
  • 2017: 6 (26)
  • 2018: 6 (14)
  • 2019: 5 (25)
  • 2020: 0 (9)

Also, this sees Kohli end with a highest individual score of 89 this calendar year. He reached the 89-run mark twice this year and both times against Australia — once in the second ODI on Sunday and earlier in Bengaluru in January.

However, it must be noted that Kohli was a part of only 9 ODI matches this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Before this Australia tour, the last ODI that India had played came in February during their tour of New Zealand.