In the 1st T20I match at Mohali. Australia
won the toss and elected to bowl first. Rohit Sharma scripted his name into the
record books. In the 2nd over of India’s innings, Sharma smashed a six off a Pat Cummins delivery to equal the record of Martin Guptill as the batsman to hit the most sixes in the history of T20I cricket.
Sharma is also the all-time leading run scorer in T20 internationals. The Hitman now has 172 sixes to his name in
T20I. In the shortest format, Sharma has been impressive with his hitting at the
top of the order. He has smacked 323 fours and 172 sixes in T20I’s.
Chris Gayle follows the list with 124 sixes
in 79 T20I matches. England’s former captain Eion Morgan, who announced his
retirement recently, is fourth on the list with 120 sixes. Australia’s World Cup-winning captain Aaron Finch is fifth on the list with 117 sixes.
Rohit Sharma, despite reaching several
individual milestones in T20I’s, has been going through a rough patch as the captain of the Indian team in the shortest format of the game over the last two months.
India lost the 1st T20 match in Mohali
against Australia by four wickets. Australia won the toss and elected to bowl
first. Rohit Sharma, after reaching his milestone, was dismissed for 11 runs by Josh Hazlewood.
KL Rahul announced his return to form
smashing 55 runs in 35 balls. Surya
Kumar Yadav produced yet another quick-fire knock of 46 runs in 25 balls
smashing 2 fours and 4 sixes.
Hardik Pandya gave the finishing touches to
the innings with a blitz innings of 71 runs in 30 balls. Pandya once showed his
power and the range of shots that he has by smashing 7 fours and 5 sixes.
India ended the innings at 208/6. Rohit
Sharma looked confident of defending the target on a ground where chasing is
Australia with the help of Cameron Green’s
61 runs in 30 balls and Matthew Wade’s power-packed innings of 45 runs in 21
balls powered Australia to a comfortable four-wicket victory.
Rohit Sharma as a batsman is reaching new
milestones but as a captain needs to guide the team to victories. His decisions
in the selection of bowlers at the death back fired. Sharma has to win ten
T20 series against Australia and South Africa to gain some momentum heading
into the T20 World cup in Australia in October.