Rohit Sharma completes 1000 ODI runs vs Australia in only 19 innings, the fewest by any batsman.
India stared the five-ODI series against Australia on a losing note, beaten by five-wickets in the first match in Perth on Tuesday.
Captain Steve Smith and George Bailey struck fluent centuries as Australia chased down a steep 310-run target to win with four balls to spare.
Smith was out after posting his highest ODI score of 149 with Australia two runs short of victory.
Earlier, opener Rohit Sharma smashed an unbeaten 171 as India amassed 309 for three after winning the toss and deciding to bat first in sublime batting conditions at the WACA ground.
Statistician Rajneesh Gupta has interesting numbers from the match. Check them out.
171* Rohit Sharma’s score. It is the highest by any batsman against Australia in Australia, bettering Viv Richards’s 153* at Melbourne in 1979. It is also the fifth highest individual score by any batsman in Australia. Incidentally, the previous highest score by an Indian batsman in Australia was 141 by Sourav Ganguly vs Pakistan at Adelaide in 2000.
105 Number of sixes hit by Rohit Sharma in ODIs. He became seventh Indian batsman to hit 100 sixes in ODIs.
77.37 Runs scored per wicket in the match (619 runs for the loss of 8 wickets) – second highest in a match in Australia where 600 or more runs were scored. The highest is 91.57 in match between India and Sri Lanka at Hobart BO in 2012.
37 Number of sixes hit by Rohit Sharma in ODIs in Australia – most by any batsman. He went ahead of Sachin Tendulkar’s tally of 35 sixes.
19 Number of innings taken by Rohit Sharma to complete 1000 ODI runs vs Australia – fewest by any batsman. Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara shared the previous record, taking 20 innings each.
9 Number of times India have suffered a defeat after posting a total in excess of 300. Only England – with 10 instances – are ahead of them.
6 Number of consecutive times Steven Smith has gone past 50 in an ODI in Australia. His sequence: 95 (v Afghanistan), 72 (v Sri Lanka), 65 (v Pakistan), 105 (v India), 56* (v New Zealand)....and 149 (v India). Smith has now equalled Mark Waugh’s record of most consecutive fifty-plus scores in ODIs on Australian soil. Mark Waugh had done so in January 1999.
5 Number of times Mahendra Singh Dhoni has failed to defend a target of 300 or more – most such losses for any captain in ODIs. By the way, India have also chased down 300-targets on most (6) occasions under Dhoni.
3 Number of ODI hundreds scored by Rohit Sharma in Australia – joint-most by an Indian, with VVS Laxman.
2 Number of batsmen to end up on the losing side on TWO occasions after scoring 150 or more. Rohit joined Tillakaratne Dilshan in suffering this fate. Rohit had scored 150 against South Africa at Kanpur in October 2015 in a match that India lost by 5 runs.
1 The match provided the first instance in ODI history of both sides forging a double century partnership in the same match. Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli added 207 runs for India for the second wicket, while Steven Smith and George Bailey put on 242 runs for Australia for the third wicket.