Men in Blue had a crushing defeat by 66-runs at the hands of Australia in the first ODI on Friday. But Hardik Pandya leaked 90-run off just 76 balls keeping Men in Blue alive in the chase of 375 runs with the likes of Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul had departed.
The 27-year-old only took 857 balls to breach the four-figure mark. Pandya scripted history as he became the fastest Indian batsman to score 1000 ODI runs.
In the chase of 375, Pandya added 128 runs for the fifth wicket with Shikhar Dhawan (74) and raised hopes of pulling off an unlikely victory.
Playing international cricket as a specialist batsman for the first time broke Kedar Jadhav’s record, who was fastest Indian to reach that milestone before the start of the ODI series. Jadhav, who had made his ODI debut in 2014, had completed his 1000th run off the 937th ball he faced. Pandya has 1047 runs in 39 innings across 55 ODIs at a strike-rate of 115.81.
The list of fastest to score 1000 runs in ODIs is topped by West Indies’ all-rounder Andre Rusell.
The 32-year-old Andre Rusell had taken 767 balls for scoring his 1000th run. Former Australia and New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman Luke Ronchi follow him on the list. He took 807 balls. Shahid Afridi, who sits at the third spot, surprisingly batted for 834 balls.
New Zealand’s all-rounder Corey Anderson sits above Pandya. Anderson batted for 854 balls before completing 1000 ODI runs.
However Pandya’s efforts of knock of 90 went in vain as the Men in Blue could not chase down the target of 375 in the opening ODI against Australia.
Pandya will continue to feature in the playing XI as a batsman as the all-rounder confirmed that he will not return to bowling anytime soon.
“I am thinking as a long-term plan, not short-term where I exhaust myself and maybe have something else [injury] which is not there. So it is going to be a process, which I am following. I can’t tell you exactly when I am going to bowl but the process is going on. In the nets, I am bowling. It is just that I am not game-ready but I am still bowling. It is all about confidence and the skill has to be at an international level,” he said after the opening ODI.