IRE v IND 2018: Rohit Sharma reaches a big milestone, joins elite list topped by Sachin Tendulkar

Rohit Sharma hit 97 against Ireland in the first T20I match at Dublin.

Rohit Sharma scored 97 against Ireland and also completed 10,000 runs in international cricket | AFP

India had a very good start to their UK tour as they inflicted a big defeat on Ireland in the first T20I at Dublin on June 27. India had batted first and put up 208 runs on the board and Ireland just found it too difficult to reach the target, ending their 20 overs at 132/9 and losing by 76 runs.

The hero for India proved to be Shikhar Dhawan, who made 74 and Rohit Sharma, who made a brilliant 97 and added 160 runs together for the opening stand. Then Indian wrist-spinners did heir magic as Chahal picked 3 wickets and Kuldeep a career best 4/21, to best the Irish batting lineup.

Rohit, on his way to 97, joined an elite list of batsmen in international cricket, to make 10,000 runs in all formats, cumulatively. The list is topped by none other than Sachin Tendulkar, who made 34357 runs in international cricket with 15921 runs in Tests and 18426 runs in ODIs; both world records.

Kumar Sangakkara comes in at no.2 with 28016 runs. Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Mohammad Azharuddin, Sunil Gavaskar, Yuvraj Singh, VVS Laxman, Dilip Vengsarkar and Gautam Gambhir are others Indian players who have scored more than 10000 runs at international level.

Rohit has 6594 runs in ODIs, 1949 runs in T20Is and 1479 runs in Test matches for India. MS Dhoni making him open the innings in the 2013 Champions Trophy, was a career turner for Rohit Sharma, as he had spent the first six years of his international career in middle order, without doing much.

Since then, he has smashed most records in ODI and T20I cricket, including three double hundreds in ODIs, the highest individual ODI score of 264, two T20I hundreds, including the joint fastest in 35 balls and many more records.


By Jatin Sharma - 28 Jun, 2018

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