Continuing his brilliant form with the bat, star Australian opener David Warner on Sunday became the fastest batter to complete 1000 runs in an ODI World Cup during his side’s match against hosts India at M. A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
The 36-year-old Warner achieved the feat in 19 innings to break Sachin Tendulkar and AB de Villiers’ joint record, who took 20 each.
Walking out to open the innings, Warner needed just 8 runs to reach the milestone and he achieved it in style with a four off Hardik Pandya’s over, the seventh of the innings, with a straight drive to hit a boundary.
Star fast bowler gave India an early breakthrough, removing Mitchell Marsh in the third over of the innings but Warner played a handy knock to bring Australia back on track. The left-handed batter eventually got out to Kuldeep Yadav in the 17th over after scoring 41 off 52.
Notbaly, Warner has struck three fifties and four hundreds in World Cups so far and Australia will need more contributions from him in the ongoing mega tournament in India.
Earlier, Australia captain Pat Cummins won the toss and chose to bat first against hosts India at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai as both teams are kicking off their 2023 World Cup campaigns on Sunday.
Speaking at the toss, India captain Rohit Sharma informed that young Shubman Gill hasn’t recovered from his illness in time and left-handed batter Ishan Kishan will open the innings with him.
Indian team is also playing with three spinners — Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav — at Chepauk, a venue that has witnessed a number of classic games in the past.
Playing XIs of both teams:
India: Rohit Sharma(c), Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul(w), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj
Australia : David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey(w), Cameron Green, Pat Cummins(c), Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood