Shikhar Dhawan,who registered scores of one, 21 and nought in the previous three ODIs, reached his hundred off 97 balls, a century in ODI cricket after 17 matches and nearly six months. @ Twitter/Cricket Australia

Shikhar Dhawan shrugged off a string of poor scores to notch up a scintillating century – his 16th in ODIs – to provide India a strong start in the fourth one-day international against Australia at Mohali on Sunday. (India vs Australia, 4th ODI: LIVE)

Dhawan’s century took him past the 10,000 List A runs thus becoming only the 11th Indian to reach the milestone.

The 33-year-old southpaw, who registered scores of one, 21 and nought in the previous three ODIs, reached his hundred off 97 balls, a century in ODI cricket after 17 matches and nearly six months. It was Dhawan’s third ODI century against Australia. He last scored an ODI ton in the Asia Cup Super Four stage match against Pakistan on September 23, 2018. (ALSO READ: Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are India’s second-best opening pair in ODIs)

Dhawan, who was dismissed after he was cleaned up by Pat Cummins for a sensational 143, now has 10,031 runs in the List A chart which is led by Sachin Tendulkar (21999 runs).

Second on the list after Tendulkar is Sourav Ganguly (15622 runs) followed by Rahul Dravid (15271 runs), MS Dhoni (13080 runs), Mohammad Azharduddin (12931 runs), Yuvraj Singh (12663 runs), Virat Kohli (12258 runs), Virender Sehwag (10454 runs), Rohit Sharma (10196 runs) and Gautam Gambhir (10077 runs). (ALSO READ: BCCI Central Contracts: Jasprit Bumrah bags A+ contract, joins Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma)

Name No. of runs scored
Sachin Tendulkar 21999
Sourav Ganguly 15622
Rahul Dravid 15271
MS Dhoni 13080
Mohammad Azharduddin 12931
Yuvraj Singh 12663
Virat Kohli 12258
Virender Sehwag 10454
Rohit Sharma 10196
Gautam Gambhir 10077
Shikhar Dhawan 10031

Dhawan, who received constant flak for his underperformance was walking on thin ice along with , failed to be included in the A+ contract – the highest paid category – in the BCCI’s Central Contracts primarily due to his inconsistent performances.