India vs Sri Lanka: Rohit Sharma 18 runs away from this record in T20Is
Rohit Sharma has led India to 3 consecutive series win as full-time T20I captain
India are one win away from levelling the longest winning streak, of 12, in T20Is
Shreyas Iyer (74) and Ravindra Jadeja (45) starred in the 7-wicket win on Saturday
Rohit Sharma has enjoyed a flying start since being appointed as India’s full-time, leading the side to three consecutive home series wins in T20Is. Saturday’s seven-wicket win in the second T20I against Sri Lanka in Dharamsala was also India’s 11 consecutive win in the format.
India are just one win away from levelling the all-time record, held by Afghanistan and Romania, and the Men in Blue will be keen on adding another feather to its cap ahead of this year’s T20 World Cup in Australia.
However, Sharma is also on the cusp of a personal T20I record. Already the leading run-scorer in the format, with 3,308 runs, the Indian skipper is just 18 short of amassing 1,000 runs as captain.
Sharma will become the 10th player to reach the milestone, with Australia’s Aaron Finch having scored the most runs (1,802) while playing as captain. Sharma will join Virat Kohli (1,570) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (1,112) as the only Indian to have scored over 1,000 T20I runs as captain.
The 34-year-old, who will lead India for the 28th time in T20Is, could also become the second-fastest to reach the milestone. Only Pakistan skipper Babar Azam has scored 1,000 runs in the format as skipper in fewer innings (26), breaking Kohli’s then record (30) last year.
Meanwhile, if India win the third and final T20I against Sri Lanka, it will be their 17th win in the format against the islanders, the most for any side against a particular opposition.
Shreyas Iyer (74) and Ravindra Jadeja (45) led India’s onslaught against the Lankan bowlers on Saturday, adding 56 runs from just 28 deliveries to seal the series with 17 deliveries and seven wickets to spare. Sanju Samson also scored a handy 39.
Earlier, opener Pathum Nissanka led the visitors to a competitive total with a 53-ball 75, adding 58 for the fifth wicket with captain Dasun Shanaka (47).