Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma on Tuesday became the first Indian player to hit 400 sixes in T20 cricket, he achieved the feat against Rajasthan Royals in the ongoing IPL 2021.
Rohit clobbered a couple of sixes in the second innings to reach the milestone, he went straight down the ground off Mustafizur Rahman and later launched Shreyas Gopal’s googly with a slog-swept shot to bring his 400th six in the shortest format.
Rohit Sharma’s classification of 400 sixes in T20 cricket
Rohit has smashed 133 sixes for India in T20Is, 227 in IPL, 16 in the Champions League T20 and 24 in other T20 matches.
Interestingly no other Indian batter has hit more than 350 sixes as Suresh Raina stands second on the list with 325 maximums, Indian skipper Virat Kohli has clobbered 320, whereas CSK leader MS Dhoni has 304 to his name.
Six overseas players have hit more than 400 sixes before Rohit Sharma, and the Universe Boss Chris Gayle tops the charts with 1042 maximums and West Indies skipper Kieron Pollard is second on the list with 758.
Rohit Sharma’s MI thumped Rajasthan Royals by eight wickets
Rohit scored 22 off 13 balls before holing out to Yashasvi Jaiswal at covers off Chetan Sakariya’s bowling in the fourth over. Mumbai Indians chased the target of 91 within 8.2 overs to make a massive improvement in their net run rate.
Earlier, Australian pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile (4/14) and New Zealand all-rounder James Neesham (3/12) ran riot through Rajasthan’s batting line-up as they held them for a paltry score of 90/9 in the first innings.
“We had to come here and do what we had to do, which was to get the two points… It was a chance to improve our run rate as well. We got off to a flier, and we said there is a chance for us to up the run rate. It was the perfect game for us to do that,” Rohit said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
Mumbai Indians’ victory over the Royals helped them to keep their chances alive of qualifying in the knockout stage of IPL 2021.