Even though Australia beat India by 34 runs in the first ODI at the SCG, it was opener Rohit Sharma who completed his 22nd ton and created a few records on the way. The 31-year-old smashed his way to 133 off 129 deliveries, which included 10 fours and six maximums. But there is just one record which Rohit would like to improve upon. Out of the four tons he has scored in Australia, against them, India have lost in all the games – 138 at MCG in 2015, 171* at Perth in 2016, 124 at Brisbane in 2016, 133 at SCG in 2019.The ton though made him the joint third highest century-maker among Indians.


Apart from that, it was Rohit’s seventh ton against Australia in just 29 games, the second most after Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar (9 from 71 games). Kohli has five tons against the Aussies in 29 games.


The record-making spree does not stop here for Rohit. This was his fifth century in Australia — joint-most by a visiting batsman, along with Kumar Sangakkara. Talking just about openers, this was Rohit’s 20th at the top of the order. This is joint-6th most by a batsman at this position.


Rohit has now hit massive 87 sixes vs Australia across formats — 2nd most by any batsman against an opposition behind Chris Gayle.


MS Dhoni too scored a fifty, his 68th overall in ODIs. What was striking is that this was his first fifty plus score in 14 innings. Also in this innings the wicket-keeper batsman completed 10,000 runs for India. He is now the 5th Indian to reach this landmark for India in ODIs after Tendulkar (18426), Ganguly (11221), Dravid (10768) and Kohli (10235).

Australia, meanwhile created a record by winning their 1000th international match across all formats, the only team to do so.

The second ODI will be played in Adelaide on Tuesday, where India will look to bounce back and level the series.

First Published: January 12, 2019, 4:45 PM IST