Rohit Sharma’s Remarkable Milestone: 10,000 ODI Runs in Asia Cup 2023
Rohit Sharma, the dynamic India ODI captain, reached an extraordinary milestone during India’s Super Four clash against Sri Lanka in the ongoing Asia Cup 2023. With a powerful six, he etched his name in cricket history by becoming one of the elite few to score 10,000 runs in One Day International (ODI) cricket. What’s more, he accomplished this remarkable feat in style, becoming the second quickest player in terms of innings.
When we think of the modern-day batting greats, Rohit Sharma’s name shines brightly alongside fellow Indian legends such as Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, and MS Dhoni. The achievement of 10,000 runs in ODI cricket is a testament to his consistency, skill, and dedication to the sport.
Notably, Rohit Sharma is the 15th batter in ODI history to reach the 10,000-run milestone. However, the record for the quickest journey to this remarkable achievement is currently held by his India teammate, Virat Kohli, who needed just 205 innings to reach this zenith of run-scoring prowess.
Fastest to 10,000 ODI Runs: A Look at the Elite List
Let’s take a closer look at the elite list of players who have crossed the 10,000-run mark in ODI cricket, along with the number of innings they required:
Sachin Tendulkar, the maestro of cricket, was the first batter ever to breach the 10,000-run mark in ODI history, achieving this milestone in 259 innings. Rohit Sharma, with his exceptional talent, currently holds the record for the most double-hundreds in ODIs, having scored three such remarkable innings in his illustrious career. His highest individual score of 264 against Sri Lanka in 2014 remains the highest ever recorded in the format at the international level.
As of now, Rohit Sharma is leading the Indian cricket team in the ongoing Asia Cup, co-hosted by Pakistan and Sri Lanka. India started the Super Four round with a resounding victory over arch-rivals Pakistan, defeating them by a massive margin of 228 runs. The partnership between Rohit Sharma and the young sensation Shubman Gill, who both scored half-centuries, laid a solid foundation for India’s imposing total of 356/2. Following their outstanding performance, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul played scintillating centuries, further solidifying India’s position. Pakistan, in response, could only manage 128 runs, leading to India’s rise to the top of the Super Four points table.
It hasn’t been an easy journey for Team India in the Asia Cup, as they were forced to play three consecutive days due to rain interrupting their Super Four clash with Pakistan on Sunday, which was subsequently pushed to the reserve day. Rohit Sharma, ever the team leader, sees this challenge as an opportunity for growth and resilience. He emphasized that the players are fresh, having enjoyed five days of rest before these two crucial games.
Rohit Sharma, during the toss, stated, “That’s the challenge you come across as a sportsman, different challenges thrown at you as a player and as a team. We ensured everyone got into the pool after the game last night. They are fresh as we had five days off before these two games. Last game was good for us, we batted well and then came out to defend the total with some good bowling. But again, this is a new day and a fresh game.”