India’s stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma will have a chance to make his captaincy debut in T20I memorable in the upcoming first game against Sri Lanka as he is on the brink of a big landmark. The first game of the three-match series will be played on Wednesday (December 20) in Cuttack.
With regular skipper Virat Kohli rested, Rohit was given the captaincy for the limited-overs series against Sri Lanka, and he did exceedingly well in the ODI series, leading the team to a 2-1 win. On a personal front, he had a memorable series too, having played a monumental knock of 208 not out in the third ODI in Mohali. The right-handed batsman is now gearing up to lead a youthful side in the T20Is too, and while he will be eyeing a winning start to his captaincy career in the shortest format of the game, he will also look to join Virat Kohli in an elite list.
A day that I will remember for the rest of my life.Walking out with the team sheet for the 1st time was a feeling of it’s own which can never be measured or compared with anything.Proud to be playing with the guys who have such great skill set & work ethic. Cannot be more happier pic.twitter.com/qndFB1ySM0
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) December 18, 2017
Rohit has scored 1,485 T20I runs so far and is just 15 runs away from becoming the second Indian after Virat Kohli to score 1,500 runs. The 30-year old has represented India in 68 T20Is and averaged 30.30 with a strike rate of 129.92. He is also one of the only two Indian batsmen to have scored a century in T20Is. The other player to cross the three-digit mark is Suresh Raina.
Regarding runs, Kohli is well of Rohit. The India skipper has 1,956 runs to his name with a stunning average of 52.86, the highest in T20I cricket. Kohli and Rohit are followed by Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh.
Here is the list of India’s top five leading run-scorers in the shortest format of the game:
Overall, Rohit will become the 14th cricketer to score 1,500 in T20I history. Former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum leads the list of leading run-scorers in T20Is with 2140 runs to his name. He is followed by Virat Kohli, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Martin Guptill and Shoaib Malik.
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