The Indian team is on a record-breaking spree under the leadership of new full-time captain Rohit Sharma. Everything he touches is turning to gold as team India haven’t lost a single match under his leadership ever since he took over the full-time captaincy.
The opening batsman entered the record books, once again, during his innings in the first T20I against England at Southampton on Thursday. The Indian captain became the second-fastest captain to score 1000 runs in T20 internationals in terms of matches.
Sharma is only behind the Pakistan captain, Babar Azam, who achieved this feat in 26 games, while Sharma took 29 matches to reach the landmark. He surpassed former Indian captain Virat Kohli who achieved the feat in 30 matches.
The Indian captain looked in fine touch in his short stay at the crease during the first T20 international against England. He scored 24 off 14 balls, smashing 4 boundaries in his innings. Sharma looked set for a big one before he edged Moeen Ali to wicketkeeper Jos Buttler.
The star opener has looked out of touch for a long while now as he had a quiet season in the Indian T20 league as well. With just 99 days left for this year’s 20-20 world cup, the leading run-scorer in T20 internationals will look to come back to his usual form quickly. The opener also holds the record for scoring the most hundreds in the shortest format in international cricket with 4 hundreds to his name.
He also has the joint-fastest hundred in T20 internationals. He smashed the Sri Lankan attack all around the park in a T20I in Indore in 2017, reaching his hundred in 35 balls.
Sharma has a tough task ahead of him to finalize the Indian squad before the upcoming world cup where he will be leading the side for the first time in a major world tournament. India had a forgettable outing in the 20-20 World Cup last year as they lost to their arch-rivals Pakistan for the first time in a World Cup.
India were knocked out in the first stage of the tournament as they lost to New Zealand as well in their second match.