Rohit Sharma Equals MS Dhoni's Record Of Playing Most T20Is For India
India Vice-captain and opening batsman Rohit Sharma on Sunday equalled former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni's record of playing in the maximum number of T20 International matches for India during the third T20I game against South Africa at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. He had played 97 T20I matches before stepping out on the field, equalling Dhoni's record of 98 appearances for India in the shortest format. Suresh Raina takes the next place with 78 T20I appearances.
Rohit in India-SA match
However, during the match, Rohit Sharma failed to impress with his performance scoring only nine runs and getting dismissed early in the match. Beuran Hendricks took his wicket in the third over of the match. India has a 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series against South Africa as they had won the second match by seven wickets after the first match was abandoned due to rain.
Rohit Sharma has been one of the most successful players in the Indian Premier League (IPL) as the Mumbai Indians Captain since 2013, the team that won the tournament four times under his leadership. As of July 2019, he is one of 10 players who have scored 4,000 career runs in the competition. Sharma has 4,898 with one century and is the third-highest run-scorer after Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina. He has a high score of 117 and is second in the list of most runs scorers in the shortest format.
The cricketer joined the IPL in 2008 when he was signed by the Deccan Chargers franchise, based in Hyderabad. He scored his only IPL century in the 2012 tournament with 109 (not out) against the Kolkata Knight Riders. Sharma is considered an aggressive batsman but with style and elegance. He is usually an opening batsman in limited-overs cricket but has played most of his Test cricket as a middle-order batsman.
(With ANI inputs)