Rohit Sharma is the second-highest scorer for India against Australia in the white-ball format with 2908 runs. The "Hitman" also scored a century when the two teams clashed in their last ODI series in January.
The modern white-ball giant will not be a member of the ODI and T20I squad after picking up a hamstring injury during the freshly concluded IPL. Rohit Sharma is currently training at the National Cricket Academy, working to regain his fitness in time for the Test series.
Moreover, with the latter being one of the most immeasurable players of pull-shot, India will assuredly miss his presence on the bouncy pitches of Australia.
Rohit Sharma ruling ODI's since 2013
Rohit Sharma has scored 2,908 runs from 52 innings at an unbelievable average of 64.62. He has scored 14 centuries and nine half-centuries so far which means that he has scored fifty-plus runs in every 2.2 innings.
Rohit Sharma's remarkable 171* (163) in 2016, which regrettably came in a losing cause is the highest score between both the teams. Smith's 149 runs from 135 balls also came in the same match is second on the list. Heeding next is Yuvraj Singh's match-winning 139 (122) at Sydney in 2004.
Additionally, the Indian team management will be encountering a big question now – what will be the right opening order in Rohit's absence?
Rohit's milestones in the white-ball format
1. He is the only batsman to score at least one hundred in 10 successive one-day international series, between June 2017 to Jan 2019.
2. Rohit is the only batsman to hit three double centuries in ODI, two vs Sri-Lanka and one against Australia.
3. Rohit Sharma holds the record of hitting the most number of sixes against Australia in ODI on Australian pitches. The right-handed batsman has smashed 76 sixes in 40 matches against Australia, including 29 at Australian venues.
The Indian limited-overs vice-captain absence will unquestionably have an immense impact as he is known to be an established match-winner.
After MS Dhoni's motivated move, Rohit Sharma opened the innings vs England in Mohali in 2013. Since then, Rohit Sharma has become the dominant player along with Virat Kohli, especially in limited-overs cricket. In Australian pitches, his natural backfoot game, and his expertise to accelerate as the innings builds, will be missed.