England vs India: Rohit Sharma completes 1000 runs as T20I captain

ENG vs IND, 1st T20I, On Thursday, Rohit Sharma scored 24 runs and became the third Indian cricketer to score over 1000 runs as skipper in the shortest format of the game.

Rohit Sharma of India during 1st T20I. Courtesy: AP

Rohit Sharma of India during 1st T20I. Courtesy: AP

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Rohit Sharma scored 24 runs in the 1st T20I
  • Moeen Ali dismissed Rohit Sharma
  • Rohit Sharma got out with India’s score at 29/1

Rohit Sharma, on Thursday, July 7, became the third Indian skipper after MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli to complete 1000 runs in T20Is. The right-hander got to the milestone during India’s opening T20I against England at the Rose Bowl in Southampton.

The Nagpur-born Rohit was 13 runs short of the milestone when the match started and he didn’t take much time to get to the feat. Rohit also became the 10th batter to score 1000 runs as the skipper of an international T20I team.

Aaron Finch is currently the topper with 1971 runs from 65 matches at an average of 33.40 and a strike rate of 140.58 with one century and 12 half-centuries to his name. In the first T20I, Rohit started on an impressive note after India opted to bat first.

The veteran smashed five fours on his way to a promising 14-ball knock of 24. However, it was off-spinner Moeen Ali who accounted for his prized scalp in the third over.

The ball skidded through and Rohit edged the ball straight to Jos Buttler, who took a neat catch with the gloves. In 29 matches as the skipper of the Indian T20I team, Sharma has scored 1011 runs at an average of 37.44 with two centuries to his name.

As a skipper, Sharma has scored the most runs against New Zealand. Against the Black Caps, Rohit has scored 208 runs from seven matches at an average of 51.33 with a top score of an unbeaten 60. He also scored over 200 runs against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in the shortest format of the game.

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