Rohit Sharma goes past MS Dhoni; equals Virat Kohli's captaincy record after Rajkot masterclass
India's stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma has managed to upstage regular captains of the past and present with his match-winning knock against Bangladesh on Thursday at the famous Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot. Sparing blushes of himself and Rishabh Pant in the penultimate clash of the three-match T20I series between India and Bangladesh, the Indian opener propelled the hosts towards a comfortable win in Rajkot. Nicknamed Hitman for being a success story with the willow in white-ball cricket, Rohit singlehandedly led the charge from the front and pioneered India's eight-wicket triumph over the visitors.
Going absolute bonkers on the potent bowling attack of the Bangla Tigers, Rohit and Shikhar Dhawan laid the foundation of a convincing triumph over the Mahmudullah-led side in the Rajkot T20I. While Rohit played the role of the protagonist, Dhawan acted as an ideal second-fiddle to the stand-in captain of the Men In Blue. The hosts raced down to a score of 100 without losing a single wicket inside the first 10 overs. Mosaddek Hossain's 10th over was used as a springboard by Rohit where he completed his hat-trick of sixes and scored 21 runs.
6,6,6 - Rohit Sharma goes Berserk!@ImRo45 turning up the heat with a hat-trick of sixes. Treat to the eyes when he gets going!— BCCI (@BCCI) November 7, 2019
Watch the SIXES galore here https://t.co/D468uuFNhv#INDvBANpic.twitter.com/Y2Wl0pyRfW
The 100-run stand between the numero uno pair was their fourth in the format which stands as the record for the most number of 100-run partnership in T20Is. The two were earlier joint holders of the record with New Zealand openers Martin Guptil and Colin Munro with three 100-run stands each in the format.
The Hitman also unlocked a unique feat of scoring the most number of 75-plus knocks in the format. While Rohit has managed to cross the 75-run mark 10 times in his T20I career, Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar has enjoyed a similar run in Tests (79) and One Day Internationals (89) respectively.
It was a HITMAN show in Rajkot as #TeamIndia win by 8 wickets in the 2nd T20I and level the three match series 1-1.#INDvBANpic.twitter.com/iKqnflKpFp— BCCI (@BCCI) November 7, 2019
Hitman scales mount 2.5k in T20Is
Representing the Men In Blue for the record 100th time, Rohit added a fresh feather into his already illustrious cap by becoming the first batsman to touch down the 2,500-run mark in the shortest format of the game. Already the leading run-grosser in the T20I mix, the Indian opener is the first batsman to score 2.5k runs in the format. Rohit's masterclass against Mahmudullah and Co. helped India level the three-match series 1-1 and the Indian skipper is now also the top-scorer in the ongoing bilateral series with his run-tally reaching 94 runs after two matches.
The Hitman's having a great time out there in his 100th T20I.— BCCI (@BCCI) November 7, 2019
Brings up a brilliant FIFTY off 23 deliveriespic.twitter.com/dRkdgOZE2U
Rohit goes past former skipper MS Dhoni
The 32-year-old bagged the record of hitting the most number of sixes in a calendar year. Rohit's sublime 85 off 43 balls also worked as a catalyst to a series of captaincy records in the shortest format of the game. His knock was laced by 6 handsome maximums, making him overtake former captain MS Dhoni's tally of 34 sixes as Indian skipper. Rohit is now the Indian captain with the most number of sixes in the shortest format. Also, the Hitman currently holds the record of smashing most number of sixes against Bangladesh in T20Is.
Equals King Kohli's record as Team India captain
A vital cog in white-ball cricket, Rohit scored his 18th T20I half-century in the second T20I and only fell 15 runs short of a historic century. Though the Hitman failed to convert his 50-plus score into a fifth ton, the maverick among the Men In Blue managed to equal Virat Kohli's tally of registering fifty-plus scores on 22 separate occasions in the format. Both Kohli and Rohit hold the record of most number of 50-plus scores in T20Is. This was also the sixth time skipper Rohit has crossed the fifty-run mark in the format, meaning the Hitman is now on level terms with Kohli with the most number of 50-plus scores as captain.