India vs South Africa: Rohit Sharma chases captain Virat Kohli's world record in 3rd T20I
Rohit Sharma will be chasing Indian captain Virat Kohli's record in the third and final T20I of the three-match series between India and South Africa at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Sunday. Rohit was the all-time leading run-getter in T20Is until Thursday when Kohli pipped him from the top spot to add another feather to his illustrious cap. Rohit will now be looking to regain his spot back in the final T20I against the Proteas.
Kohli, who has made a habit of tumbling records in almost every outing with the bat, needed 52 runs to surpass Rohit on the elite list of the most run-getters in T20Is before the start of the second T20I. The Indian skipper achieved the feat in style with a brilliant knock to inspire India to an easy win. Kohli slammed an unbeaten 72 off 52 deliveries laced with 4 fours and 3 sixes as he helped the Men in Blue wrap-up the 150-run chase with six balls to spare.
Kohli currently stands on top of T20I run-scoring charts with 2441 runs to his name in 71 matches at an incredible average of 50.85 including 22 half-centuries. Rohit, meanwhile, has 2434 runs to his name in 97 games at an average of 32.45 with 4 centuries and 17 fifties. The Hitman stands just eight runs away from overtaking Kohli and regaining his top spot. A big innings from the opener will ensure his record remains safe until India's next T20I assignment.
Rohit has been in top-notch form in white-ball cricket this year and has continued his purple patch after a terrific World Cup campaign where he finished as the top run-getter of the tournament with a staggering 648 runs under his belt. The right-hander had a good outing in India's ODI and T20I series wins over West Indies last month.
He suffered a rare failure in the second T20I against South Africa - getting dismissed on a run-a-ball 12. Rohit will be looking to make amends to his performance and help India get a good start in the final T20I as the Men in Blue look to seal series 2-0.