Rohit Sharma on Thursday became the fastest Indian captain to reach 1,000 runs in the T20I, eclipsing Virat Kohli’s previous record. The skipper hailed his team’s performance in the first game against England at the Rose Bowl Stadium, praising man of the match Hardik Pandya.
Rohit Sharma further extended its legacy in the game’s limited overs formats by breaking another record. In the first T20I against England on Tuesday, he became the fastest Indian skipper in history to total 1,000 points while captaining the team.
Heading into the game, Mumbaikar were just 13 points away from the four-point figure. Opening the innings, Sharma battled his way to 24 from 14, stroking four boundaries to claim the record in style.
It was his 29th innings as Men in Blue captain, passing Kohli who had taken 32 innings to reach the mark. Rohit Sharma now trails only Pakistani skipper Babar Azam, who battled his way to the total in just 24 races.
India’s Rose Bowl win was their 13th straight win under manager Rohit Sharma. The skipper is yet to suffer a defeat since being substituted Virat Kohli as permanent Indian captain last year. The 50-point triumph came after India set themselves a daunting target of 199 with courtesy Hardik Pandya‘s 51(30), before the all-rounder’s clinical numbers of 4/33 saw the hosts knocked out for 148.
“It was a great performance from the first ball. The hitters showed intent,” Sharma said during the postgame presentation.
“Hardik prepared wonderfully from the IPL. His bowling is something he wanted to do more of. He came in, played fast and got awards for his variation.”
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