The Indian skipper, Rohit Sharma played a knock of five-ball 11 in the third T20I against West Indies on Tuesday (Aug 2) and still managed to create a new record. Before Sharma walked off the field retired hurt due to a back spasm, he had smashed a four and a six. With his only six in Tuesday’s match, he registered a total of 60 sixes to his name as an India captain.
Rohit Sharma has taken 34 innings to reach this mark, while his predecessor, Virat Kohli had 59 sixes in 50 games while leading the national side followed by MS Dhoni with 34 maximums under his belt.
Most sixes by Indian captains in men’s T20Is:
- 60 – Rohit Sharma
- 59 – Virat Kohli
- 34 – MS Dhoni
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Rohit Sharma was looking good to go big after early big hits but in the second over, while attempting to swing ferociously to the on-side. BCCI gave a prompt update on his injury and said that he suffered a back spasm. But, after the game, Rohit indicated that the injury was not as serious, hinting that he would be available for the remaining two T20Is of the series. He said, “It’s okay at the moment. We’ve got a few days till the next game, hopefully, it should be okay.”
Most sixes as India captain in men's T20Is:
Rohit Sharma – 60 sixes in 34 games
Virat Kohli – 59 sixes in 50 games
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After Rohit Sharma got back to the pavilion, Suryakumar Yadav took the driving seat and displayed power-pack performance with an attacking approach. He completed his half-century in just 26 balls and then dominated an 86-run stand with Shreyas Iyer (24) which made the 165 runs an easy target. However, SKY was dismissed in the 15th over with more than 30 runs to chase, and then, Rishabh Pant took the charge of the match and scored an unbeaten 33 off 26 balls that took India past the finish line.
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After the win, the Indian skipper credited the victory to bowlers for their disciplined show and was all praises for Yadav. He said, “How we bowled in the middle overs, that was crucial. They were about to get a quick partnership. We used the conditions and our variations really well. And then how we chased, it was quite clinical.”
While praising Suryakumar Yadav and Iyer for their solid partnership, Rohit Sharma said, “Surya batted brilliantly, good partnership there with Iyer. The pitch had something in it for the bowlers, not an easy target. Was important to pick the right shots, right balls on a ground like that.”