Rohit Sharma has been in incredible form as he led Tem India to a unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match T20I series against West Indies.
As India prepare to host the West Indies for the last time on this tour in the third T20 match at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Sunday, there are a few records that Rohit can break.
Leading the Indian cricket team in the absence of regular skipper Virat Kohli, Rohit can become the only Indian captain to have led his side to two 3-0 T20I whitewash series wins. He had previously led the Indian team to a 3-0 whitewash against Zimbabwe back in 2016.
If India win and Rohit does manage to attain the feat, he will become the third captain to do so, after Afghanistan Asghar Afghan (who has 3 series wins) and Pakistan’s Sarfraz Ahmed (who has 5 series wins).
Rohit is currently the highest run-getter in the T20I series so far, with 117 runs from 2 matches at an astounding average of 117. The next best are Shikhar Dhawan (with 46 runs) and KL Rahul (with 42 runs). Such has been the gulf in class.
In the previous match, Rohit scored an unbeaten 111 from 61 balls and broke multiple records, en route to helping India thrash West Indies by 71 runs and take the series.
‘The Hitman’ also became the first batsman in T20I cricket to score four hundreds and hence went past New Zealand’s Colin Munro, who has scored three centuries.
Rohit in the course of his innings went past Virat Kohli as the highest run scorer in T20Is for India. He is currently the second-highest run-scorer with 2203 runs from 86 T20Is at an average of 33.89 behind New Zealand’s Martin Guptill (2271).
Rohit now needs just 69 runs to become the highest run-scorer in the shortest format of the game. If He manages to score those runs, it will be first time that an Indain will be holding the pole position in the list of most runs in all three formats of the international game, as Sachin Tendulkar is the highest run-scorer in Test and ODI cricket.
There will be changes in the Indian playing XI, with Japrit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav and Umesh Yadav having been rested. It will be up to Bhuvneshwar Kumar and the young Khaleel Ahmed to form the pace attack and provide early wickets.
The spin department may see the return of Yuzvendra Chahal in the absence of Kuldeep while Krunal Pandya will expect to build on an impressive start to his international career.
It remains to be seen if the team management chooses to give Chennai man Washington Sundar a go alongside Shreyas Iyer.
(With inputs from PTI)