IND Vs AFG: The Men in Blue have maintained their 100 per cent record against Afghanistan in the shortest format. Rohit Sharma and co have whitewashed the Afghanistan side in the T20 International series which is also India’s last one before the main event in West Indies and United States of America. The first game of the Men in Blue in the T20 World Cup 2024 is on 6th June 2024 against Ireland.
The greatest rivals, India Vs Pakistan in the T20 World Cup 2024 is schedule to be played in New York on 9th June 2024. Now India will play a series of the five-match red ball format against England starting from next Thursday, 25th January 2024 at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad's Uppal.
India’s 3rd and last match of the series versus the Afghans was played yesterday in Bengaluru. In this encounter, the batting of the home side wasn’t that great.
The top-order players like Jaiswal, Kohli, Dube and Samson were out early and cheaply. India could reach a total of 212 runs despite being at a position of 22 runs with the loss of four wickets because of these two players only.
Rohit Sharma, the Indian skipper played a magnificent innings of unbeaten 121 runs in the 3rd and the final match of this three-match series. HITMAN had registered two ducks in the first two games which were played in Mohali and Indore.
But Sharma ji led the team from the front and delivered when it was needed the most.
Rohit scored his 5th century in the T20 International format and that too on a tricky and two-paced pitch of M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.
His unbeaten 121 runs was also his highest individual score in the shortest format and HITMAN is the only player to smash five centuries in the T20 International format as of now.
Rinku Singh is another batter who played splendidly well. Singh joined his captain when the chips were down for India.
But he stayed till the end and made sure that India posted a highly competitive score in the end. However, the bowlers were smashed all over the park when they came out to defend such a gigantic score.
The Afghan openers shared a solid opening stand of 93 runs and three of their batters reached to half-centuries as well. Gurbaz and skipper Zadran scored 50 runs each while Gulbadin Naib registered the highest score of the Afghan innings 55 runs with Nabi also scoring 34 of just 16 deliveries, that’s what allowed the visitors to match India’s score in the end.
This match went till the super over twice and finally, India won the second one to whitewash the Afghans. Rohit Sharma has also equalled MS Dhoni’s record in a feat which he achieved yesterday after the thrilling win in the 3rd T20I match versus the Afghans. Here are the names of 3 Indian skippers who have won the most T20Is for India –
HITMAN Sharma has equalled the former skipper of Team India, MS Dhoni after his win in yesterday’s match. Sharma had also led the Indian side till the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia.
Rohit has the best win percentage as an Indian skipper of the shortest format.
He has led India in 54 T20 International matches and he shares the same number of wins with Mahi Bhai 42 victories each.
HITMAN has lost 12 matches so far and his winning percentage is 76.92 and win-loss ratio is 3.333.
It is still MSD who has won the T20 World Cup in 2007 in South Africa for India and the only man in this cricketing world who also has clinched the other ICC tournaments like the ODI World Cup at home (India) in 2011 and ICC Champions Trophy in 2013 in England.
Mahi also took India to the finals in the 2014 T20 World Cup which was won by Sri Lanka.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni has won many series of the shortest format as well. Now his most wins record in the shortest format at the International level is tied with the above-mentioned player Rohit Sharma.
Both the players, HITMAN and MSD have won 42 matches each. But Mahi took more matches to reach that milestone.
Rohit got to 42 wins from just 54 games while Mahi took 72 encounters to win the same number of games in the shortest format. MSD has lost 28 games while Sharma ji has only faced 12 losses at the moment.
In MSD’s captaincy, one game was also tied and one match ended without any result.
The greatest player of the T20I format for India with Rohit Sharma would obviously be Virat Kohli. He is known as the King of International Cricket, Indian Cricket and the Indian Premier League.
King Kohli’s captaincy stint started after MS Dhoni and he led the T20I side till the 2021 T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.
But India couldn’t even progress to the next round during that mega event of the shortest format and Kohli hasn’t won any IPL trophies as well like Rohit and Dhoni have won 5 titles each till now.
Virat has led the Men in Blue in 50 T20Is. He has won 30 matches and lost 16 of them while 2 matches were tied and two games were ended as no result affairs.