Rohit Sharma on the verge of breaking this Virat Kohli T20I record
- Rohit Sharma scored 48 and 55 in the first two T20Is against New Zealand
- The 3rd T20I is set to be played in Kolkata on Sunday
- Rohit Sharma has scored 25 T20I fifties
Since taking over India's T20I captaincy responsibilities from Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma has been in fine form. In the ongoing three-match T20I series against New Zealand, 'The Hitman' has scored 48 and 55 respectively in the first two matches.
The two back-to-back spectacular innings have put Rohit on the verge of breaking the record for most runs in the format for India, held by talismanic batter Kohli - who has been rested for the ongoing T20I series against the Blackcaps.
Rohit’s total of 103 runs in two matches has taken his T20I tally to 3,141 runs in 118 matches. This means he is now 87 runs away from surpassing former captain Kohli’s tally of 3,227 runs to become India’s leading run-scorer in the shortest format of the game.
On Friday, Rohit scored 55 off 36 balls with five maximum and a boundary which was his 25th fifty in T20I cricket. Kohli has 29 half-centuries in the format which is the most in international cricket. Rohit is placed second on the chart.
During the second T20I, New Zealand opener Martin Guptill went past Kohli to become the leading run-scorer in the shorter format, having scored a 15-ball 31. Guptill has scored 3248 runs in 111 matches.
India defeated New Zealand by five wickets in the first T20I in Jaipur and seven wickets in Ranchi. Leading 2-0 in the series, Rohit Sharma will aim a clean sweep in his first assignment as a full-fledged India captain on Sunday at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
Former skipper Kohli stepped down from ODI and T20I captaincy after India made a group-stage exit from the recently concluded T20 World Cup in the UAE.