Rohit Sharma became the leading run-getter in Twenty20 Internationals on Friday when he hit a 29-ball 50 to guide India to a 7-wicket victory over New Zealand in the second match of the series. Rohit also holds the record for most number of sixes by an Indian batsman.
Rohit Sharma is the leading run-getter in T20Is while Virat Kohli owns the highest batting average (Reuters Photo)
- Rohit Sharma on Friday became the leading run-getter in Twenty20 Internationals
- Rohit hit 50 off 29 balls to lead India to series-levelling victory over New Zealand in the second T20I
- Rohit also matched Virat Kohli’s tally of 12 wins as India captain T20s
Rohit Sharma on Friday etched his name into the record books en route his 16th half-century in Twenty20 Internationals. India’s stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma blasted 50 off 29 balls to help script India’s seven-wicket victory over New Zealand in the second T20I at Eden Park in Auckland.
The victory helped India draw level the three-match series 1-1, with the final match of the tour to be played in Hamilton on Sunday.
Rohit Sharma became the leading run-getter in T20Is surpassing New Zealand’s Martin Guptill during his breathtaking knock, which was studded with four sixes and three fours in India’s successful chase of 159.
In the process, Rohit also became the first Indian to hit 100 sixes in T20 Internationals and he now also holds the record for most 50-plus scores in T20Is.
Rohit also emulated regular skipper Virat Kohli’s tally of 12 victories while leading the Indian team. Rohit has 12 wins from just 14 matches while Virat Kohli has 12 wins under his belt in 20 matches.
On the other hand, Virat Kohli, who had been rested from the ongoing series, has the highest batting average among batsmen in T20Is. Kohli averages 49.25 in T20Is.
So, who is a better batsman in T20 cricket?
“That’s a tricky question. Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are tremendous players and both are match-winners. Both are class players and their records speak for themselves. Rohit Sharma is supremely talented while Virat Kohli is a hard-working cricketer. Maybe, Kohli is not as talented at Rohit but his hard-work and passion have taken him to where he is right now. So, it’s tough for me to pick who’s a better batsman. I will not be able to answer this question. But both play for India, that’s what matters,” Harbhajan Singh told Sports Tak.
Rohit has scored 4 hundreds, which is the most by any batsman in world cricket in the shortest format of the game. But with 19 half-centuries, Virat Kohli leads the list with maximum fifties in T20 Internationals.
“Rohit has scored so many hundreds in T20Is because he opens the innings and he gets to play that many deliveries. Virat Kohli sometimes has to play slow at the start of his innings after India lose early wickets. And, when he gets a set platform, 15-16 overs are already over. So we should not look at the stats but look at how much these two players have contributed playing for India,” Harbhajan said.