Rohit Sharma, leading India in absence of Virat Kohli, will step onto his 100th Twenty20 International match in the second T20I against Bangladesh at Rajkot on Thursday. The Hitman will become the first Indian player and second in world cricket to arrive at the three-figure mark.

Shoaib Malik (111 games) from Pakistan is the only player to have played more than 100 T20 Internationals.

Rohit is also the top run-scorer in the T20I format with 2452 runs with Kohli second in the list with an aggregate of 2450 runs. Rohit has scored the runs at a strike-rate of 136.67 with four hundreds and 17 half-centuries.

“It’s been a long journey since 2007, I made my debut in the T20 World Cup. There has been a lot ups and down in the last 12 years in this format particularly. This has taught me so many lessons going forward,” Rohit had said in Delhi, when asked about the milestone.

“When you come into the team as a youngster, you are trying to learn things which happened quite smoothly at start. Then with few ups and few downs, I have become a stronger player and understood my game really well.

“There are so many things I can talk about. It has been a fruitful journey, one which will always be remembered and cherished by me,” Rohit said.

Bangladesh skipper Mahmudullah too is also on the cusp of a national record. If he happens to hit two more sixes, he will be the first Bangladeshi batsman to complete 50 sixes in this format.