Rohit Sharma on the verge of a major milestone in Rajkot T20I
Rohit Sharma all set to enter the elite list.
Updated - Nov 6, 2019 1:25 pm
Rohit Sharma, the right-handed opener was appointed as the stand-in captain by the Indian selectors for the T20I series against Bangladesh in the absence of Virat Kohli. He didn’t get the best of his starts to his series, both as batsman and skipper, but will come with a strong approach in the second encounter that is scheduled to take place in Rajkot. It will also be a special match for the Indian Hitman as he is on the verge of a major milestone in the shorter format of the game.
The 32-year-old has a lot of major accolades to his name across all the formats. In 1st T20I, Rohit scored only 9-odd runs and got out in the first over of the innings. But, in his 9-run knock, the Nagpur-born cricketer surpassed Kohli in order to become the leading run-grosser in the shortest format.
Now, the Indian opener has scored a total of 2,452 runs in T20Is, and he is two runs ahead of Kohli. Martin Guptill with 2,326, followed by Shoaib Malik (2,263) and Brendon McCullum (2,140) holds third, fourth and fifth positions in the list of all-time leading scorers in T20Is.
A new record awaits Rohit Sharma in Rajkot T20I
The stand-in skipper Rohit will join the club of playing 100 T20Is when he will steps on the field in the second T20I against the Tigers at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot on 7th of November. He had already surpassed the former Indian skipper MS Dhoni with 98 appearances in T20Is when he took the field in Delhi T20I. The Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik (111) and Indian cricketer Harmanpreet Kaur (100) are also part of this unique list.
Rohit Sharma’s unexpected dismissal in the first T20I was a major blow for Team India as they couldn’t recover from it till the last and posted a below-par total of 148 runs in front of Tigers. Later on, an unbeaten knock of 60 runs coming from Mushfiqur Rahim’s willow helped the visitors in order to register a historic win on the hosts. They also succeeded in breaking a myth of not winning in T20Is against India.