India Today : Mar 02, 2019, 01:07 PM
India vs Australia 1st ODI Hyderabad: India (IND) take on Australia (AUS) in the first ODI at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. The five-match series will be important for a handful of Indian players who want to cement their places with solid performances against Australia. Australia have won the toss and have opted to bat against India. India have included all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja in playing XIIndia vice-captain Rohit Sharma will be heading into the upcoming ODI series against Australia with a few records in sight. Rohit Sharma has enjoyed a lot of success against Australia, especially in the 50-over format of the game. In fact, he shot to prominence at the highest level with his consistent performances as early as 2007-08 in the tri-series involving Sri Lanka and Australia in Australia.Cut to March 2019, Rohit Sharma is third on the list of most run scorers in an India-Australia series, only behind batting greats Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting. With 1778 runs in 31 matches, Rohit has shown a liking to Australia bowlers over the years.World Cup-winning Australia captain, Ponting has 2164 runs at an average of 40.07. Rohit has a chance to go past Ponting's tally in the upcoming series as he is only 386 runs behind the Australia great. Also, Rohit averages a grand 68.85 against the reigning world champions. India wicketkeeper MS Dhoni (1548) and captain Virat Kohli (1335) are on the top 10 run-scorers in India-Australia ODIs.