Rohit Sharma Overtakes all the Record to Become Highest Run-Getter in T20Is

Rohit Sharma is now the leading T20I run-scorer in the world, as he passed Martin Guptill of New Zealand.
Rohit Sharma Overtakes all the Record to Become Highest Run-Getter in T20Is

Rohit Sharma was on a record-breaking spree during the second Twenty20 International (T20I) between India and New Zealand in Auckland on Friday. Rohit Sharma, with 2,288 runs, overtook New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill, who has 2,272 runs, to become the leading run-scorer in the shortest format of the game and broke several other records during his knock at Eden Park.

With 20 fifty-plus scores in T20Is, Rohit Sharma now also holds the record for most such scores in T20Is. His fifty in the second T20I helped him go past Virat Kohli, who has 19.

Rohit Sharma became just the third cricketer to hit 100 T20I sixes.

Only two cricketers have hit more T20I sixes than Rohit Sharma. He has 102 sixes now while Chris Gayle and Guptill both have 103.

Rohit Sharma is now in fourth place on the list of most sixes in international cricket. He has 349. Only Shahid Afridi and Gayle (476), Brendon McCullum (398) and Sanath Jayasuriya (352) have hit more.

Rohit Sharma's total of 349 sixes in international cricket (ODIs, T20Is, Tests) has helped him go past MS Dhoni for the Indian record for most sixes in international cricket.

Although Rohit was dismissed for a 29-ball fifty at Auckland, he made quite an impact before he got out in India's chase of 159 to level the T20I series. He came out like a man on a mission to set the platform and that is what he did courtesy of his record-breaking knock.

Rohit has another shot at history as he has an opportunity to become the first India captain to win a T20I series in New Zealand.

Before the ongoing three-match series, India played only one bilateral series in the shortest format of the game in New Zealand.

MS Dhoni's side was thrashed 2-0 in a two-match series in 2008-09.

Earlier, when he dispatched a delivery from Scott Kuggeleijn for a maximum in the fourth over of India's chase, it brought up his century of sixes. It took him to third in the list of most sixes in T20I career behind West Indies' Chris Gayle and New Zealand's Martin Guptill – both on 103 sixes. An airy flick, on the pads was beautifully sent for a six.

Rohit is miles ahead of the nearest Indian – Yuvraj Singh on 74 sixes – with next active compatriot in the list being Suresh Raina on 58. Virat Kohli is next with 48 sixes to his name.

Rohit was eventually sent back to the dugout when a nothing delivery from Sodhi got him. With the skipper trying to muscle it into the crowd, he lost control and pulled it with a top-edge of sorts down Tim Southee's throat at deep mid-wicket.

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