SL vs IND, 1st ODI: Stand-in skipper Shikhar Dhawan completes 10,000 runs in international cricket as opener

Shikhar Dhawan, India’s stand-in skipper in the ongoing white-ball series against Sri Lanka, has completed 10,000 runs as an opener in the international cricket. The southpaw achieved the milestone in the first ODI against Sri Lanka in Colombo.

Shikhar Dhawan, captaining India for the first time, was on a roll on Sunday as he kept on breaking records one after the other.

Dhawan completed 10,000 runs in international cricket as an opener. He achieved the feat in the first ODI of the three-match series at the R Premadasa Cricket Stadium in Colombo.

The 35-year-old veteran has scored 2,315 runs in 34 Test matches, 6,063 runs in 143 ODI games, and has amassed 1,673 runs 65 T20I.

Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, and Rohit Sharma are the other four Indian to score more than 10,000 runs as an opener in international cricket.

Chasing 263 runs for victory, India romped home with seven wickets in the sheds and 80 balls remaining, with Dhwan top-scoring with a brisk 86 not out. He played a perfect foil to Prithvi Shaw (24-ball 43) and debutant Ishan Kishan (42-ball 59).

During his match-winning knock, Dhawan also became the 10th Indian batsman to score 6,000 runs in the 50-over format.

Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, MS Dhoni, Mohammed Azharuddin, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, and Sehwag are the nine batsmen who have scored more than 6,000 runs in the ODI format.

Dhawan surpassed Ganguly to become the second fastest Indian to reach the 6,000 run mark in the ODIs.

Dhawan also became the 13th Indian batsman to score 1,000 ODI runs against Sri Lanka in the ODIs.

Notably, Dhawan has the best average among all other batsmen in the 1,000 run club. The Delhi batsman is the only one to average over 70 among batsmen with over a thousand runs against the islanders in ODIs.

Dhawan’s unbeaten 86 in India’s successful run chase saw him go past Ajit Wadekar on the list of the highest scores by Indian batsmen in their very first innings as ODI captain.India will play the second ODI against Sri Lanka on Tuesday at the same venue.