Indian skipper Rohit Sharma created history on Saturday (March 11) during the ongoing fourth Test between India and Australia by becoming the sixth Indian batter in history to complete 17,000 runs in international cricket.
Rohit required 21 runs to enter the elite club while competing for India in his 438th match at the top level, and he accomplished the feat in the first session of the third day of play.
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The 35-year-old right-handed hitter, who is taking part in his 438th international game, had 21 runs to get before the last Test against the top-ranked Test squad in the world could begin. By the end of the second day of action at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium, he was unbeaten on 17 runs. After hitting four more runs in the opening session of the third day of action, he entered the exclusive club.
Before Rohit, the iconic batsman Sachin Tendulkar, the previous captain Virat Kohli, the current head coach Rahul Dravid, the former BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, and the former wicketkeeper-batter MS Dhoni all amassed 17000 runs or more in international cricket for India.
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Rohit Sharma is the sixth Indian batter to reach 17,000 runs:
Rohit Sharma is the sixth Indian batsman to reach 17,000 runs or more, and if he hits 114 runs in the current Test, he will have a chance to pass Virat Kohli as the fifth-leading run scorer for India. He now holds the sixth spot on India’s list of all-time best run scorers, but if he surpasses Dhoni’s mark, he would move up into the top five.
In the 48* Tests, 241 ODIs, and 148 T20I games in which he has participated, Rohit, who made his Indian debut against Ireland in June 2007, has amassed 3348*, 9782*, and 3853 runs, respectively.
In the three-match ODI series against Pat Cummins & Co., Rohit would have an opportunity to surpass Dhoni’s record if he falls short of it in the current Test. The three 50-over games will take place in Mumbai, Visakhapatnam, and Chennai on March 17, 19, and 22.
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