Indian T20I captain Rohit Sharma in action against New Zealand at Eden Garden near Kolkata© AFP
Rohit Sharma won the toss for the third time in a row and chose to bat on a flat deck at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata in the third T20 match against New Zealand, looking for his team a much-needed practice around a set great target. India struggled to win matches when they batted first in the T20Is, leading to their early exit from the ICC T20 World Cup 2021, following defeats against Pakistan and New Zealand in the Super 12 phase. Rohit and starting partner Ishan Kishan gave the hosts a flying start as they tossed caution against the wind and launched a brutal attack on the New Zealand pass attack.
India managed to get 69 runs in the power play as Rohit and Kishan hit boundaries at random. While Kishan was unbeaten on 29 off 19 balls after the first six overs, his captain was on 39 off 17 deliveries. Rohit hit three massive sixes in the power play and the last of them took him to the milestone of 150 sixes in T20 matches.
It came from Lockie Ferguson’s bowling when Rohit pulled a short delivery to the stand through the space between the square and deep-legged fielder. New Zealand opening batsman Martin Guptill leads the list with 161 sixes and could add more to his figures when he comes out to bat later that evening. Rohit has now just become the second batsman to get past the 150 six-point mark. West Indies’ Chris Gayle is in third place with 124 maximums behind his name. The next Indian on the list is Virat Kohli, who is quite far with 91 sixes behind his name.
The script soon changed for India when the incumbent New Zealand captain, Mitchell Santner, introduced himself to the attack and quickly took the posts of Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav and Rishabh Pant.
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