Asia Cup 2022: Rohit Sharma becomes highest run scorer in T20I cricket
Asia Cup 2022, India vs Pakistan: Indian batter Rohit Sharma on Sunday became the highest-run scorer in the T20I format of the game.
In the opening match of India’s 2022 Asia Cup campaign against Pakistan in Dubai, Rohit completed this accomplishment. Rohit struck it hard and with perfect timing over the long-on zone in Mohammed Nawaz’s eighth over of India’s batting, blasting the ball for a six. He now holds the record for most runs scored in the game’s shortest format.
However, in terms of his own match innings, he did not last long and found it difficult to bat in his typical aggressive manner. Nawaz dismissed him for 12 off of 18 balls, which included just one six.
He has now amassed 3,499 runs overall over 125 innings in 133 games, averaging 32.10. In the shortest format, he has four century and 27 half-centuries under his belt, with a best individual score of 118.
He has passed Martin Guptill of New Zealand, who has 3,497 runs to his credit.
They are followed by the Indian batsman Virat Kohli (3,343 runs), the Australian opener Aaron Finch (2,855 runs), the Irish opener Paul Stirling, and the Pakistani star Babar Azam (2,696 runs).
Coming to the match, Pakistan dismissed for 148 runs in 19.4 overs. Only Iftikhar Ahmed (28) and opener Mohammed Rizwan (43) were able to make a decent contribution with the bat.
Pakistani hitters completely overwhelmed by the pace and short deliveries of Bhuvneshwar Kumar (4/26), Hardik Pandya (3/25), Arshdeep Singh (2/33) and also Avesh Khan (1/19), and wickets continued to fall regularly.
India lost KL Rahul for a duck in the opening over of their 149-run chase. After that, the innings was led by Virat Kohli (35) and the captain, Rohit Sharma (12). They both toiled at the other end and put together a 49-run partnership. India held to 3/53 by Mohammed Nawaz’s double strikes, which resulted in the dismissals of Sharma and Kohli.
Following this, the scoreboard moved by a 36-run partnership between Ravindra Jadeja and Suryakumar Yadav. Before Suryakumar sent out for 18 by rookie Naseem Shah. India came close to winning the match thanks to a 52-run partnership between Jadeja (35) and Hardik Pandya (33*). With two balls remaining, the in-form Pandya hit a six to give India a five-wicket victory.
Pakistan’s bowlers Nawaz (3/33) and Naseem Shah (2/27) performed admirably, but not good enough to secure a victory.
Pandya adjudged as ‘Man of the Match’ for his all-round performance.