Rohit Sharma set to create history in second T20I against Australia in Bengaluru
Though he is likely to be rested for this game.
Updated - Feb 26, 2019 6:12 pm
Ace Indian opener Rohit Sharma is going through a tough phase of late and he also failed to score big in the first T20I against Australia in Vizag on Sunday. While the Men in Blue will look to redeem pride in the second and final game in Bengaluru, Rohit himself will also be achieving a personal milestone if he gets to play since the hosts are currently testing players as the final preparations for the ICC World Cup.
Rohit is currently at 299 T20s and one more game will make him only the third Indian player to earn 300 caps in the format, after MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina. Of the 299 T20s that 31-year-old Rohit Sharma has played so far, 94 are for India and the others include games in tournaments like the Indian Premier League (IPL) and domestic T20 tournaments. Dhoni is the topper with 301 matches and Raina is the next with 300 appearances to his name.
Rohit Sharma has amassed 7,795 runs in 299 games and has hit six hundreds, four of which came in international cricket. He has a strike rate of 133-plus in the T20s. Overall, Chris Gayle with 12,298 runs is the highest scorer in T20s in the world.
Rohit has most runs in T20Is
India captain Virat Kohli has played 251 T20 games so far though in terms of runs, he is the second highest for India in the T20Is with a tally of 2,191, just 140 less than Rohit – the table topper (he is the highest scorer in T20Is for all teams too). Internationally, Windies all-rounder Kieron Pollard has played 451 T20 games, the most by any player.
The Indian team members sweated out at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Tuesday ahead of the second T20I. Among the batsmen, none other than KL Rahul (50), Dhoni (29*) and Kohli (24) could show their mettle in the Vizag game. India will take on Australia in a five-ODI series after the T20Is.