India vs Bangladesh: Rohit Sharma set to overtake Shahid Afridi in Rajkot T20I
Rohit Sharma is the most-capped Indian male cricketer in T20Is (AP Photo)
- Rohit Sharma set to join elite list of cricketers in Rajkot on Thursday
- Rohit looks to overtake Suresh Raina on the T20 batting charts
- India face must-win situation in 2nd T20I vs Bangladesh
India's stand-in captain Rohit Sharma is all set to become the 1st Indian men's team cricketer to play 100 T20Is. Rohit, who has completed 99 T20Is, will achieve the landmark during India's 2nd T20I against Bangladesh in Rajkot on Thursday.
Rohit Sharma will also become only the 2nd men's cricketer after Shoaib Malik (111) to enter the 100-match club in the shortest format of the game. Rohit is currently level with former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi at 99 T20 International appearances.
Notably, Rohit Sharma will become the 2nd Indian cricketer to do so. Women's team captain Harmanpreet Kaur recently achieved the milestone during India's series against South Africa in Surat. Rohit also becomes only the 12th cricketer (men or women) to achieve the landmark.
Rohit had overtaken MS Dhoni in the 1st T20I in Delhi for the most number of T20I appearances by an Indian men's team cricketer. Dhoni, who has not played international cricket since 2019 World Cup, isn't part of the squad for the ongoing series against Bangladesh.
Despite India losing the 1st T20I by 7 wickets, Rohit achieved a personal milestone as he went past Virat Kohli to become the leading run-scorer in T20I cricket. With 2452 runs, Rohit has 2 more than Virat Kohli in T20I batting charts.
Meanwhile, Rohit will also be looking to overtake Suresh Raina on the list of Indians with most runs in T20 cricket. Rohit, who has 8321 runs, is 3rd on the list behind Raina (8392) and Virat Kohli (8556). Chris Gayle tops the overall list with 13,051 runs in T20 cricket.
Rohit suffered a rare failure in Delhi as he was out for 8 as early as the first over of the match. India managed just 148 on the board and Bangladesh comfortably gunned down the total to register their 1st ever win over their neighbours in T20I cricket.
Facing a must-win situation on Thursday, India will be more than happy if stand-in captain Rohit Sharma steps up and delivers.
Speaking to the press on the eve of the 2nd T20I, Rohit Sharma said there is pressure on the entire team and not any individual department to stand up and deliver in crunch match against Bangladesh.
"Pressure is just on the team to perform, as simple as that. Not a particular department. You've lost as a team, you've not lost as a bowling unit. So the focus will be on the team," Rohit said.
"The batsmen need to get the job done, the bowlers need to come out and take those crucial wickets. That will be the idea. We are not focusing on any individual departments. Because we lost as a team, not as individuals," he added.