Rohit Sharma To Surpass Yuvraj Singh’s Record In 3rd ODI 

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The Indian team’s opener and vice-captain Rohit Sharma is not far from reaching number seven in the highest run-scorer in ODI cricket. He will be just 26 runs away from breaking cricketer Yuvraj Singh’s record when he starts playing on Wednesday i.e., today in the three-match ODI series against the West Indies. Former all-rounder Yuvraj scored 8701 runs in 304 ODIs. At the same time, Rohit Sharma has scored 8676 runs in 217 matches so far.  Yuvraj Singh retired from international cricket earlier this year. After retiring from international cricket, he played in the Global T20 Canada.

In the ODI record, 6 players are ahead of Rohit Sharma – Sachin Tendulkar (18426), Virat Kohli (11406), Sourav Ganguly (11363), Rahul Dravid (10889), Mohammad Azharuddin (9378), Yuvraj Singh (8701).

Significantly, Yuvraj Singh has scored 8609 runs in ODIs while playing for India. While playing for Asia XI, he scored 92 in 2007 against Africa XI in three ODIs. Rohit Sharma has failed in the second ODI of the three ODI series against the West Indies.  The Indian vice-captain was dismissed for only 18 runs in the second match. In the third match, Rohit would like to return to his form.

He has been in tremendous form since the ICC World Cup 2019. In this tournament, Rohit scored 648 runs with five centuries and was the top scorer. Due to his superb batting, Rohit won the ‘Golden Bat’ in the World Cup. Despite Rohit Sharma being dismissed early in the second ODI, India easily won the match by 59 runs. India lead 1-0 in the series.

Rohit Sharma will also have a chance to leave Hashim Amla behind and equalize with Sanath Jayasuriya in terms of scoring most centuries. Rohit Sharma has just scored 27 ODI centuries. Hashim Amla of South Africa has retired with an equal number of centuries. Sanath Jayasuriya of Sri Lanka has scored 28 centuries. Rohit Sharma is jointly at number five in terms of making the most centuries. Sachin Tendulkar (49) is at first and Virat Kohli (42) is at second.

Not only Rohit Sharma, but captain Virat Kohli became the second highest run-scorer in ODIs. Now he has a chance that he can break the record of Jack Kallis who has scored 11,406 runs. Kohli has to score 174 runs to cross his record. If Kohli scores 25 runs in the third ODI, then he will overtake Ramnaresh Sarwan of West Indies. Kohli has scored 676 runs in 14 ODIs against the West Indies at an average of 61.45.

Published by Mamatha Reddy on 14 Aug 2019

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