Rohit, Chahal Eye Milestones, India Aim to Better Record in Nagpur
After registering an emphatic victory in Rajkot to level the three-match rubber, India will aim for another commanding performance when they take on Bangladesh in the series-deciding third T20I to be played at the Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) Stadium in Nagpur on Sunday.
Bangladesh started their campaign with a seven-wicket win over the young Indian brigade in New Delhi and set their sights on a historic series win. But the hosts turned the tables in Rajkot.Historically, teams batting first have held an upper hand in Nagpur. Out of the 11 T20Is played at this venue, eight of them have been won by teams batting first. Thus, it would be interesting to see what India would do in case they win the toss.
As far as India’s record at the ground is concerned, the hosts have had a mediocre history. Apart from this, skipper Rohit Sharma and in-form leggie Yuzvendra Chahal would be eyeing personal milestone in the series decider.
Here’s a look at some of the interesting numbers and trivia ahead of the India-Bangladesh 3rd T20I at the VCA Stadium in Jamtha in Nagpur:
- All three T20Is played by India at this venue have been won by the sides batting first. Sri Lanka beat India by 29 runs on 9 December 2009; New Zealand defeated India by 47 runs on 15 March 2016. India's only triumph at this venue by 5 runs came against England on 29 January 2017.
- Kumar Sangakkara's captain's innings of 78 off 37 balls - a career-best - vs India on 9 December is the highest individual innings at this venue. His 21-ball fifty remains the joint-quickest by a Sri Lankan batsman in T20Is.
- Lokesh Rahul's 71 off 47 balls vs England on 29 January 2017 is the best by an Indian batsman in T20Is at this venue.
- Mitchell Santner's outstanding career-best figures of 4 for 11 for New Zealand against India on 15 March 2016 are the best at this venue.
- Having posted 22 fifty-plus innings, Rohit, with another fifty in the third T20I, will set a record for most fifty-plus innings in T20Is. At present, both Rohit and Virat Kohli share the record.
- 340 boundaries (225 fours and 115 sixes) hit by Rohit Sharma is a new record in Twenty20 Internationals.
- Yuzvendra Chahal (49 wickets) requires just one wicket to complete his 50 wickets in T20Is.
- Rohit Sharma is the only batsman to hit 65 sixes or more three times in a calendar year in international cricket - 74 in 2018; 66 in 2019 and 65 in 2017. No other batsman has reached 65 sixes in a calendar year even once.