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India vs South Africa: Rohit Sharma achieves what MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli couldn’t

Rohit Sharma has also become the Indian captain with the most consecutive bilateral series win in history, with a total of 10.

India vs South Africa: Rohit Sharma achieves what MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli couldn’t

India captain Rohit Sharma. AP

The second T20I match between India and South Africa was an entertaining run-fest with fans in Guwahati surely getting their money’s worth, and it was also a record-smashing day for Rohit Sharma as a player and as a skipper.

Rohit Sharma became the first-ever Indian skipper to defeat South Africa in a T20I series at home.

In 2015, India lost the T20I series 2-0 at home under MS Dhoni’s captaincy. It was followed by a 1-1 draw under Virat Kohli’s leadership in 2019 after the first match was abandoned due to rain. The drought for series win continued in late 2022, when India ended the T20I home series against Proteas with a 2-2 draw under the captaincy of Rishabh Pant as the final match was washed out due to rain.

But now, India has an unassailable 2-0 lead over Proteas in the ongoing series.

Rohit also became the Indian captain with the most consecutive bilateral series win in history, with a total of 10. His journey as India’s full-time skipper started with a 3-0 win over New Zealand in T20Is in November 2019. It was followed by 3-0 wins against West Indies in ODIs and T20is in February this year.

Rohit continued to sweep the opposition aside, winning 3-0 (T20I) and 2-0 (Tests) against Sri Lanka in February-March this year. His biggest wins as Indian skipper came in England, where he downed the hosts 2-1 each (T20I and ODI) in July. In July-August this year, the Indian skipper continued his winning ways with a 3-1 win against West Indies in their own territory.

Recently in September Rohit won the T20I series against Australia at home 2-1. Lastly, India has a 2-0 lead over South Africa in this ongoing T20I series at home, with one match to go.

The Indian skipper stepped onto the field playing his 400th T20 match and became the only Indian to accomplish this landmark. He made his international debut in the format in September 2007 and since then has established himself as a vital part of the line-ups of Team India and Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Mumbai Indians, with whom he is a five-time IPL champion.

Now in 400 T20 matches, Rohit has scored 10,587 at an average of 31.32. Six centuries and 71 half-centuries have come from his bat in the format, with the best individual score of 118.

The stylish batter smashed 43 off 37 balls with seven fours and a six in his 400th T20 match.
The knock helped the Indian skipper create another record of becoming the first-ever Indian captain in history to smash 500 T20I runs in a calendar year.

In 2022, Rohit has so far scored 540 runs in 22 games at an average of 27.00 and a strike rate above 143. Two half-centuries have come out of his bat, with the best score of 72.

Updated Date: October 03, 2022 11:57:20 IST

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