Rohit Sharma equals MS Dhoni's record of most T20I matches of Team India
Rohit Sharma on Sunday equalled Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s record of having most appearances for Team India in T20Is. Rohit achieved the feat when he came out to bat in the 3rd T20I between India and South Africa at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. While Rohit continues to be a strong presence in the Indian squad, Dhoni has been on a break from cricket since the completion of ICC World Cup 2019. Initially, Dhoni had taken a two-month sabbatical from cricket but reportedly that period has been extended till November.
Rohit has now featured for India in 98 T20Is – the same as Dhoni. Whereas the likes of Suresh Rana and Virat Kohli follow the ‘Hitman’ and the former India skipper. Raina has played in 78 T20Is for the Men in Blue while Kohli is 4th in the list with 72 T20Is under his belt.
Dhoni had last featured for India in the shortest format of the game during the home series against Australia earlier this year. The veteran glovesman missed the Windies tour and the ongoing South Africa series due to his unavailability.
Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma hasn’t enjoyed a stellar T20I series against South Africa. After the first washed-out match, Rohit scored 12 runs while scoring just nine in the series decider in Bengaluru on Sunday.
Talking about the match, Kohli won the toss and elected to bat first. India didn’t get to the best of starts after losing Rohit. However, Dhawan and the Indian skipper held things together for a while before dismissed soon. What followed was complete shambles from the Men in Blue as they were ripped apart by the South African bowlers with Kagiso Rabada starring with three wickets under his belt. Beuran Hendricks and Bjorn Fortuin bagged two wickets each while Tabraiz Shamsi picked up one.
During the toss, Kohli said: “I know it's a ground where teams chase well. Even in the IPL, it's a chasing ground. Heading into the World T20 though, we need to improve areas as a team. We know we're one of the top chasing teams. Batting first is something we're also looking to strengthen. Results are always a priority, but we need to get out of our comfort zone also. Come the World Cup, toss is not in your control, you should be able to perform whether batting or bowling first. Have a few plans in mind, will be looking to executing those.”