India vs Sri Lanka: Rohit Sharma surpasses Shoaib Malik for huge T20I record
Rohit Sharma was dismissed for just 5 in the 3rd and final T20I vs Sri Lanka
A late onslaught helped Sri Lanka score 146/5 from their 20 overs
Captain Dasun Shanaka led from the front with a 48-ball 74
Indian skipper Rohit Sharma failed to flourish with the bat in the third and final T20I against Sri Lanka at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala on Sunday. Sharma was dismissed early during India's chase of 147 runs, with Dushmanta Chameera getting the opener out for a sixth time in the format.
Chameera bowled a length delivery outside off, which the Indian captain miscued in his effort to pull, sending the ball flying towards mid-off where Chamika Karunaratne was on hand to complete the catch.
The dismissal saw Sharma fall 13 runs short of completing 1,000 runs as captain in the shortest format. Before play, Sharma needed 18 runs to become the second-fastest player to amass 1,000 runs as captain in T20Is as well as becoming the third Indian to complete the feat.
However, Sharma did add another feather to his illustrous cap, as he went past Pakistan veteran Shoaib Malik to become the most-capped T20I player of all time. The Mumbai Indians captain made his 125th appearance in the format today, beating Malik's record of 124.
Malik's former Pakistan teammate Mohammad Hafeez is next in the list with 119 appearances, with England and Bangladesh skippers Eoin Morgan (115) and Mahmadullah (113) rouding off the top five list.
Sharma is the only Indian to have played over 100 T20Is, with former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni next in the list with 98. Virat Kohli, who was replaced as captain in all formats by Sharma, has 97 appearances in the shortest format.
The 34-year-old has enjoyed a flying start to life as full-time captain, winning three consecutive home T20I series and yet to lose a game in the format.
He will be eyeing a third series clean sweep in a row, after achieving the same against New Zealand and West Indies. If India beat Sri Lanka in the third and final T20I, it will be the Men in Blue's 12th consecutive victory in the format, equalling the longest winning streak in history. Afghanistan and Romania have both won 12 T20I matches in a row.