Rohit Sharma joined an elite list of batsmen to score three ODI hundreds against Australia in Australia. The 28-year-old emulated the great Viv Richards.
Rohit Sharma struck his second successive hundred of the series but India were again outclassed by Australia in the second ODI in Brisbane on Friday.
The 30-year-old opener slammed a magnificent 124 to guide India to 308 for eight, but Australia's batting proved too strong yet again as they cruised to a seven-wicket victory, with six balls to spare, and took a commanding 2-0 lead in the five-match series.
Statistician Rajneesh Gupta has interesting numbers from the match. Check them out.
295 Runs scored by Rohit Sharma in the first two matches of this series – an unbeaten 171 and 124. This, however, is still not the record of highest aggregate in two consecutive innings against Australia. The record is 347 – held by Rohit himself! After making 209 at Bangalore in last match of a seven-match series between India and Australia in November 2013, Rohit scored 138 the next time he batted against Australia (at Melbourne in January 2015).
2 Number of batsmen to score three ODI hundreds against Australia in Australia. Rohit Sharma emulated Viv Richards.
61 Number of times an Indian batsman has scored a century in a losing cause – easily the most for any country. England batsmen are second in scoring hundreds in losses, with 45 such instances.
600 Number of One-day Internationals hosted by Australia. They are the first country to reach this mark. No other country has even hosted 500 One-day Internationals!
17 Number of consecutive matches for which Australia have been undefeated at home (including no result games). The record of remaining undefeated in most consecutive home matches is 18, held by West Indies (between 1986 and 1990). Sri Lanka also had a sequence of 17 matches between 1996 and 1998.
3 Consecutive matches in which India have conceded 300-plus totals. The sequence started with the ODI against South Africa at Mumbai last year when the visitors posted a mammoth 438 for four, followed by Australia’s 310 for five at Perth and 309 for three at Brisbane. This is the third time India have conceded 300-plus totals in three consecutive ODIs. The other two instances were in 2004 (vs Australia and Pakistan) and in 2013 (vs Australia).