Rohit Sharma in action in T20I series against New Zealand© AFP
Rohit Sharma was named ‘Player of the Series’ after another match-winning contribution in the third and final T20 match against New Zealand. The captain decided to test his team’s ability to set a target, after already concluding the series, and led from the front when he scored a 31-ball 56 to lay the foundation for a great total to lie. Rohit has the series of three matches as the highest run eater with 159 runs to his name. His two half-centuries in the series brought his score in T20Is to 26. Add to that his 4 hundreds in the format and Rohit now has 30 scores of fifty plus in T20 international matches.
The Indian T20I captain has thus passed teammate Virat Kohli, who has 29 half-centuries in T20Is and is now ahead of the elite list of batsmen with the most 50-plus scores in T20Is. Pakistan’s Babar Azam has 25 fifty-plus scores in the format, followed by Australia’s David Warner and New Zealand’s Martin Guptill, who are tied at 22 fifty-plus scores.
Rohit hit 3 sixes in the third T20I against New Zealand, taking his score against the Blackcaps to 27, the most by any batsman against them. He also became the second batsman after Martin Guptill to reach the landmark of 150 sixes in T20Is.
Rohit has now hit 50 sixes as a captain in T20Is and has taken just 533 balls to reach the milestone, which is the fastest for any captain in this format.
It is clear from these multiple milestones that Rohit Sharma has made a good start as a full-time T20I captain of India and the team would expect his new leader to continue in the same vein.
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