Rohit Sharma breaks Chris Gayle’s T20I record: The Indian vice-captain has scored the most number of sixes in T20Is now.
During the second T20I of the ongoing India’s tour of West Indies at Lauderhill, India vice-captain and opening batsman Rohit Sharma registered his 17th T20I half-century to propel India to 167/5 in their allotted quota of 20 overs.
Opening the batting with Shikhar Dhawan, the duo stitched a 67-run opening stand to lay a solid foundation for India on a tricky pitch. Before getting out to West Indies fast bowler Oshane Thomas in the 14th over, Sharma ended up scoring 67 (51) with the help of six fours and three sixes.
Rohit Sharma breaks Chris Gayle’s T20I record
While Sharma looked set to register another T20I hundred, it wasn’t to be. However, what became the highlight of his innings was the fact that he surpassed veteran West Indies batsman Chris Gayle in the list of maximum number of sixes hit in T20Is.
Starting the match with 104 sixes, Sharma equaled Gayle’s record when he flicked a Keemo Paul full-toss on the leg side for a clear six in the sixth over. On the second delivery of the 10th over, Sharma pulled a rank short delivery from West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine to go past the Universe Boss.
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Making sure he gains a lead in the competition, Sharma hit West Indies captain Carlos Brathwaite for his third six of the morning to complete 107th six in T20Is. It is worth mentioning that Sharma has several other records to his name than just scoring maximum sixes.
The 31-year old cricketer now has most runs, most centuries, most 50+ scores, most four and sixes combined among major T20I records.