India vs Bangladesh: Rohit Sharma all set to surpass MS Dhoni in Delhi T20I
India's star opener Rohit Sharma (PTI Photo)
- Rohit Sharma will play his 99th T20I in Delhi on Sunday
- Rohit is just 7 runs behind Kohli's record tally of 2450 T20I runs
- Rohit will lead India in the 3-match T20I series against Bangladesh
India's star opener Rohit Sharma is all set to become the most-capped Indian T20I player when he takes the field at the Arun Jaitley Stadium during the 1st T20I on Sunday in Delhi.
Rohit Sharma, who will also be leading India on Sunday, has played 98 T20Is since making his debut at the World T20 in 2007. Rohit will go past MS Dhoni's tally of 98 T20Is for India.
Rohit will move to the 3rd spot on the list of players with most T20I appearances only behind Shoaib Malik (111) and Shahid Afridi (99).
Speaking about the imminent landmark, Rohit Sharma said T20I cricket over the last 12 years has made him a stronger player.
"It's been a long journey since 2007 when I made my debut in the T20 World Cup. It's been a long journey which has had a lot of ups and downs as well. There's been so many things that I have learnt in the last 12 years I have played this format. Today, I sit here with heads on my shoulder," Rohit Sharma said.
"When you come into the team as a young player, you're only trying to learn things. It happened quite smoothly at the start. But then with few ups and few downs, I have become a stronger player. I have understood my game really well.
"It's been a fruitful journey so far. There are a lot of crucial knocks that I played over 12 years."
In the absence of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma will also lead India in the 3-match T20I series against Bangladesh. In the limited opportunities he has got as captain, Rohit, it is safe to say, has done well, leading India to tournament victories.
Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma also is on the verge of breaking Virat Kohli's record for most runs scored in T20I cricket. While the 2 players have been trading the top spot for quite sometime now, Kohli's absence in the upcoming series give Rohit a chance to take and extend the lead at the top of the batting charts.
Rohit, with 2443 runs, is just 7 behind Virat Kohli's tally. While the stand-in captain averages just above 30 in T20Is, Kohli is well ahead of the chasing pack with an average of 50 (2450 runs in 72 matches).
Also, leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal is just 4 wickets away from becoming only the 3rd Indian bowler after R Ashwin and Jasprit Bumrah to 50 T20I wickets. While Chahal has not played T20Is since February, he is expected to play a prominent role in the upcoming series against Bangladesh.