New Delhi: Rohit Sharma became the fifth batsman in men’s cricket to go past 2000 T20 International runs after New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum and Martin Guptill Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik and India captain Virat Kohli.
Earlier in the second T20I against England in Cardiff, Indian skipper Virat Kohli registered an all-time record by becoming the quickest to 2000 runs in T20Is.
The Indian opener needed 14 to get to the landmark before India’s third T20I match against England at Bristol on Sunday.
Kohli got to the landmark in only his 60th match while Rohit reached there in his 84th match. McCullum had entered the rare club in 71 matches (66 innings) while Guptill got there in 75 matches (68 innings). Malik was the slowest of the lot, taking 100 matches and 93 innings.
Rohit is a serial record-breaker in limited-overs cricket.
He is the only man to score three double hundreds in one-day internationals and holds the record for the highest individual score in the format. Back in 2014, Rohit had left the cricket world stunned with his 264 against Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens.
In T20 Internationals, Rohit has two hundred and could have become one of only two to boast of three hundred had he not been dismissed for 97 in Dublin. Rohit also holds the record for joint fastest hundred in T20 Internationals
India won the toss in the series-decider on Sunday and asked England to bat first. The hosts put up 198/9 in the 20 overs in the final T20I of the three-match series.
Kohli is also the fastest to the mark in terms of innings played, getting to 2000 runs in his 56th T20I innings; McCullum had reached it in 66 hits. Kohli’s average is also vastly superior to that of the others in the group.
Currently, Kohli is placed eighth in the ICC T20I Rankings for batsmen and is yet to hit a century in the shortest format.
After the three T20Is against England, the Indian cricket team is scheduled to play three ODIs and five-Test series against the hosts. The first Test begins on 1 August at Edgbaston with the fifth Test scheduled for 7 September at the Oval.