Author: Abhishek Rajan
The swashbuckling Australian opener David Warner completed his 5000 ODI runs, playing against India in the first ODI in Mumbai.
The left-hander got to the tally of 5000 runs only in his 115th ODI innings, which made him the fastest Australian to reach the landmark. He broke the record of Dean Jones who had completed his 5000 runs in 128 ODI innings.
Hashim Amla is at the top of the pile in terms of completing 5000 ODI runs in the fewest innings. He got there in just 101 innings.
The second position is jointly occupied by two all-time greats of the game, Virat Kohli and Vivian Richards, both of whom completed their 5000 ODI runs in 114 innings apiece.
Warner was 10 runs away from the 5000-run mark in the ODIs as he walked out to bat for Australia along with Aaron Finch at the Wankhede Stadium.
He was a little scratchy at the start of his innings and even survived a scare when the on-field umpire gave him out, caught behind off the bowling of Shardul Thakur.
The ball seemed perilously close to the bat as Warner tried to help it along its way towards the fine leg boundary.
However, when the decision was reviewed, the ultra edge didn’t show any spike as the ball went past the bat and the third umpire overturned the decision of the on-field umpire, giving Warner a lifeline.
Warner made the most of the opportunity thereafter, as he played crisp strokes all around the ground, both off the front foot and the back foot.
While he was outstanding against the leader of the Indian attack Jasprit Bumrah, he also showed great footwork against India’s main spinner Kuldeep Yadav.
Warner didn’t shy away from using his feet against Kuldeep from time to time, but he was very good at going deep in his crease as well to play the cut shot.
The 33-year old remained not out on 128 off 112 balls, as Australia chased down India’s total comfortably with all 10 wickets in hand.
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