Rohit Sharma-Virat Kohli are two runs away from smashing the Staggering World Record in ODIs
India and Australia are engaged in a three-match ODI series. Both teams won one match each, and the series is level at 1-1. The third and final game, which is a series decider, will be played on Wednesday at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai.
India won the Border-Gavaskar Test series 2-1 and will have a great chance to win the ODI series as well, while Australia would like to end the tour with one series win. For India, they would like to see runs off the bats of Indian captain Rohit Sharma and former captain Virat Kohli.
These two are the main pillars of the Indian batting across all formats and have performed for the last decade or so. But these two haven't made any contributions to the ongoing series. Thus, both batters also need runs under their belts.
On the other hand, Rohit and Virat will have a chance to make history with a special milestone when they step on the crease in the third and final ODI in Chennai. Both of these have scored 4998 runs together in ODIs as a pair and are just two runs away from completing 5000 ODI runs as a pair.
If, as a pair, they add another two runs in the third ODI, they will smash the record of the fastest pair to add 5000 ODI runs in history. Both have added 4998 runs in 85 innings at an average of 62.47. They have also added 18 centuries and 15 half-centuries together.
Currently, the record for the fastest 5000 ODI runs as a pair belongs to the former West Indian pair of Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes, who did it in 97 innings. Next on the list are Australia's Matthew Hayden and Adam Gilchrist (104) and Sri Lanka's Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara (105). Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly top the chart with the most runs as a pair in ODIs with 8227 runs.