New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: Middle-order batsman Hardik Pandya on Friday became the fastest Indian player to score 1000 runs in One Day-Internationals while on his way to a half-century against Australia at Sydney Cricket Stadium.

Pandya took just 867 balls to achieve the milestone, overtaking Kedar Jadhav, who took 937 balls to complete 1000 runs. The record for the fastest to 1000 runs by any player in world, however, is held by West Indies All-rounder Andre Russell, who took just 767 balls to achieve this milestone. 

Pandya took 55 matches to achieve the milestone. The record for scoring 1000 runs in least innings is currently held by Pakistan batsman Fakar Zaman. Zaman made his ODI debut in 2017 and took just 18 innings to score 1000 runs. He is also the first Pakistan batsman to score a double hundred in ODIs. 

Despite Pandya's horoics, India lost the first ODI by 66 runs. This was the fourth consecutive defeat for India in ODIs.

"Don't think there can be any excuses," Kohli said  after the match. "Probably the first long game we've played in a while, been playing T20 cricket. Probably that is something that can have an effect. Body language wasn't great after around 25 overs. If you do not take you chances against a top-quality opposition, they will make you pay."

"All the batsmen committed to it which is why you saw us playing with intent," Kohli added. "I think we gave ourselves the best chance. Hardik's innings was the best example of that. As a batting unit, we committed nicely to positive cricket and we are going to do that in the future as well."

Posted By: Lakshay Raja