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Rohit Sharma completed 1000 runs in the ICC Test Championship

By Bet Barter

March 5, 2021

Indian batsman Rohit Sharma has become the first opener to score 1000 runs in the ICC Test Championship. He achieved this milestone during the fourth and final Test against England on Friday. Sharma is now leading the list of most runs by an opener in the WTC, followed by Australian batsman David Warner (948) and Dean Elgar (848).

Rohit Sharma become the fastest Asian to score 1000 runs in the maiden edition of the ICC Test Championship. Ajinkya Rahane, who has scored 1068 runs, is the other Indian cricketer to score more than 1000 runs in the ICC Test Championship. With 1030* runs, Sharma is now sixth in the most run-scorers list. The list is topped by Australian batsman Marnus Labuschagne, who has scored 1675 runs. Labuschagne was not even the first-choice selection and only got a chance when he replaced Steve Smith during the Lord's Test as a concussion substitute. The 26-year-old has scored consistently since then. He has scored five centuries which is the most by any batsman.

Rohit Sharma becomes the fastest Asian opener to break the 1000 run-mark in Test

Rohit Sharma has become the fastest Asian opener to break the 1000 run-mark in Test cricket in only 17 innings. He surpassed Mayank Agarwal, who got to the feat in December 2020 in 19 innings. Rohit Sharma has now become the second-fastest batsman to score 1000 Test runs for India. Vinod Kambli, who achieved the milestone in 14 innings, tops the list, followed by Rohit Sharma (17) and Cheteshwar Pujara (18).

Rohit Sharma is placed third in the all-time list of the fastest openers to reach 1000 runs. The batsman has now equaled former South Africa skipper Graeme Smith's feat. Former English openers Herbert Sutcliffe and Len Hutton have reached the mark in 13 and 16 innings, respectively.

Ben Stokes led England's battle against the hosts, who suffered a top-order collapse on day two. Having scored a below-par 205 in the first innings, England could not afford to let the hosts get off to a flying start after resuming on 24-1. Ongoing India vs England Test match holds much importance as India has to either win or draw to qualify for the WTC final. Tim Paine's Australia will be eligible for the final if India loses the fourth match. New Zealand has already qualified for the WTC finals.

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