Rohit Sharma Sets Record for Most T20I Tons

Rohit Sharma Sets Record for Most T20I Tons

The stand-in captain's innings took his T20I record to 2,203 runs in 86 matches - overtaking regular skipper Virat Kohli - and helping India to secure an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

The evening had begun sedately for Sharma and his partner Shikhar Dhawan, as Windies newcomer Oshane Thomas, along with Keemo Paul, kept India down to 11/0 in the first 3 overs.

The India openers had to weather some good fast bowling by West Indies at the start, but from the moment Rohit broke the shackles with a six off the first ball of spin he faced, he looked unstoppable.

Young pacer Khaleel Ahmed, who convinced his skipper to hand him the new ball in the second Twenty20 against the West Indies, says he thrives on responsibility and never lets pressure affect his performance.

He is now the second highest scorer in the world behind New Zealand's Martin Guptill, on 2,271 runs.

"Like I said at the toss, not many games have been played here".

Khaleel also revealed that he is working on his bowling with bowling coach Bharat Arun at the nets to get better with each passing day. Everyone who came to watch the game will go home with a smile.

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Shikhar Dhawan (43 off 41; 3x4) also returned to form and joined hands with Rohit for a 123-run opening wicket stand. "I think 120-plus partnership between us was very crucial". We wanted to get used to the pitch, hence we took our time.

Having survived a drop on 28, Dhawan was eventually dismissed by spinner Fabien Allen in the 14th over, with Nicholas Pooran taking a diving catch at long leg.

Rohit hit seven sixes and eight fours to post his fourth T20 century, the most by any batsman in the format at worldwide level.

The Caribbean batting faltered in their chase after losing their openers in Shai Hope, for six, and Shimron Hetmyer, for 15, early.

Changes would seem unlikely as they are unlikely to make any rash decisions after one game but the opening batsmen is clearly an issue with Ramdin opening on Sunday and struggling and they have nobody in the squad who has sufficient quality to get them off to a rapid start alongside Hope. Bumrah has been the premier bowler for us and the way we use him in T20s is different to ODIs.

West Indies play the final T20 worldwide of the series on Sunday in Chennai.

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