India vs Bangladesh: Rohit Sharma plays 100th T20I; Sourav Ganguly hails him an asset to Indian Cricket
Rajkot, Nov 7: Rohit Sharma added another illustrious feather in his cap as he became the first male from India to complete 100 T20 Internationals as he stepped into the middle in the second game against Bangladesh here on Thursday (November 7).
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Rohit is the second Indian player after Harmanpreet Kaur, the captain of India women's cricket team in the T20Is, to play 100 T20Is. MS Dhoni is the second on this list, amongst male players, after representing India in 98 T20Is.
100th T20I match for Rohit Sharma. Second after Shoaib Malik (111 matches) to reach this landmark in T20I cricket.— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) November 7, 2019
This is also Rohit Sharma's 320th T20 match. The most by an Indian player in this format. Previously Suresh Raina had appeared in 319 T20 games.#IndvBan#IndvsBan
Rohit enters elite club
Rohit is the second (male) cricketer in world cricket after Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik (111 games). Malik is the only player to have played more than 100 T20 Internationals than Rohit.
Rohit - the top scorer in T20Is
Rohit is currently the top-scorer in this format with 2452 runs with regular skipper Virat Kohli second in the list with an aggregate of 2450 runs. Rohit has scored the runs at a strike-rate of 136.67 with four hundreds and 17 half-centuries.
The first Indian player to play 100 Tests was Sunil Gavaskar in the year 1984 while legendary India captain Kapil Dev was the first Indian to play 100 ODIs for his country in the year 1987.
Most T20I matches:— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) November 7, 2019
111 - Shoaib Malik
100 - ROHIT SHARMA
99 - Shahid Afridi
98 - MS Dhoni
93 - Ross Taylor
90 - Kevin O'Brien#IndvBan
Rohit reflects on his journey
"It's been a long journey since 2007, I made my debut in the T20 World Cup. There has been a lot of ups and downs in the last 12 years in this format particularly. This has taught me so many lessons going forward," Rohit had said in Delhi when asked about the milestone.
"When you come into the team as a youngster, you are trying to learn things which happened quite smoothly at start. Then with a few ups and few downs, I have become a stronger player and understood my game really well.
"There are so many things I can talk about. It has been a fruitful journey, one which will always be remembered and cherished by me," Rohit said.
Rohit Sharma 100 matches in t20 .. What an asset he is to indian cricket ...@ImRo45_FC@bcci.. congratulations— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) November 7, 2019
Dada congratulates Rohit
Former India captain and current president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Sourav Ganguly, took to his Twitter handle to congratulate Rohit on his remarkable feat.