India’s stand-in captain, Shikhar Dhawan broked a plethora of records on Sunday during the first ODI of the three-match series against Sri Lanka. He surpassed teh tally of 10,000 runs in international cricket as an opener as he has scored 2,315 runs in 34 Test matches, 6,063 runs in 143 ODI games, and has amassed 1,673 runs 65 T20I.
Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, and Rohit Sharma are the other four Indians to score more than 10,000 runs as an opener in international cricket. During his match-winning knock, Dhawan also became the 10th Indian batsman to score 6,000 runs in the 50-over format. He surpassed Ganguly to become the second fastest Indian to reach the 6,000 run mark in the ODIs.
Shikhar Dhawan also became the 13th Indian cricketer to score 1,000 ODI runs against Sri Lanka in the ODIs. However, is the only one to average over 70 among batsmen with over a thousand runs against the islanders in ODIs. Dhawan’s unbeaten 86 in India’s successful run chase saw him go past Ajit Wadekar on the list of the highest scores by Indian batsmen in their very first innings as ODI captain.
Sachin Tendulkar holds the record with his 110 against the Lankans at this very venue in 1996 while Wadekar now occupies the third spot with 67 vs England at Headingley (Leeds) in 1974. Shikhar Dhawan also became the sixth Indian to score more than 50 runs on his ODI captaincy debut.
Ishan Kishan also broke a few records during his swashbuckling knock as he became the second player after Rassie can der Dussen which contained 8 fours and a couple of sixes. Kishan celebrated his 23rd birthday by becoming the first Indian to hit fifties on debut in T20I and ODI cricket. He is the second player after South African Rassie van der Dussen to achieve the feat.
Kishan’s 33-ball fifty was also the second-fastest by an Indian batsman playing his maiden ODI innings. Just four Indian batsmen have managed to score an ODI fifty on their birthday before Kishan but he is the only one to achieve the feat on the debut.
Shikhar Dhawan and Dasun Shanaka both became India and Sri Lanka’s 25th ODI captains respectively, while debutants Ishan Kishan and Minod Bhanuka also became the 25th wicketkeepers to represent their countries in ODIs. This was India’s ninth successive win in Sri Lanka and only Team India has managed to more wins than losses against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka – 29 wins & 27 losses in 62 ODIs. India have won 14 of their previous 16 ODIs against the islanders.