Indian opener Rohit Sharma became the fourth cricketer to score 10,000 runs on Wednesday as an opener during the ongoing third T20I at Seddon Park, Hamilton against New Zealand. Also Read - ICC Test Rankings: Rohit Sharma Attains Career-Best 8th Position in Batsmen's List; Ravichandran Ashwin Climbs to 3rd in Bowlers' Tally
It took the India vice-captain 219 innings to reach the feat with former batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar (114) only one to take fewer innings that Rohit to the mark. Sharma joins the likes of former India internationals Sunil Gavaskar, Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag. Also Read - Yusuf Pathan Announces Retirement From All Forms of Cricket
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During his innings of 65 off 40 balls, which consisted of six fours and three sixes, he broke a plethora of other records.
The 32-year-old now has 18 fifty-plus scores away from home in T20Is, which is the highest by any batsman in the shortest format.
He also joins India skipper Virat Kohli for the most number of 50+ scores in T20Is – both have 24.
Sharma’s 65 is also the highest score by an Indian in T20I in New Zealand. The previous highest was Suresh Raina’s 61 in 2009.
He now has the most number of 50+ scores by an Indian against New Zealand. He has three and is followed by wicketkeeper-batsman KL Rahul and Kohli, who have two.
The Mumbai Indians skipper now has most fifties in 23 or fewer balls in the world. He has four and is followed by West Indian Chris Gayle, Australia’s Glenn Maxwell and New Zealand’s Colin Munro.
With a staggering average of 50.33, he has the best average as an international opener with over 10K runs. The next best is Tendulkar with an average of 48.07.
The 2019 ICC’s ODI Player of the Year award winner also holds the record for the most number of sixes in T20Is by an opener. He has 107 and is followed by Gayle, who has 105.
Despite two failures in the first two T20Is at Eden Park, Auckland, he has bounced back and it is good news for India who are leading 2-0 and are looking to seal the series at Hamilton.