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IND-SA 2nd T20I: A record-smashing day for Rohit Sharma as player, captain

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Fans in Guwahati certainly got their money’s worth watching the second T20 International between India and South Africa, and Rohit Sharma broke records both as a player and as the captain.

Rohit Sharma became the first Indian captain to ever win a T20I series at home against South Africa.

Under MS Dhoni’s leadership, India lost the T20I series 2-0 at home in 2015. After the first game was called out due to weather in 2019, Virat Kohli’s team managed a 1-1 tie.

The drought for series wins extended in late 2022 when India finished the T20I home series against the Proteas with a 2-2 tie after the last match was wiped out owing to rain. India today, though, holds a commanding 2-0 series lead against the Proteas.

With a total of 10, the Indian captain also broke a record for most consecutive bilateral series victories for an Indian captain. His tenure as India’s primary captain began with a 3-0 T20I victory over New Zealand in November 2019. In February of this year, West Indies was defeated 3-0 in ODIs and T20Is.

Rohit continued to dominate the opposition, defeating Sri Lanka in February and March of this year with victories of 3-0 (T20I) and 2-0 (Tests). His greatest victories as India’s captain came in England in July, where he defeated the home team 2-1 in both the T20I and ODI. The Indian captain continued his winning ways in July and August of this year with a 3-1 victory over the West Indies on their home soil.

Rohit recently defeated Australia 2-1 at home in a T20I series. Finally, India leads South Africa 2-0 in the present T20I series at home, with one encounter remaining.

The Indian captain took the field for his 400th T20 game, making him the first Indian to reach this milestone. In September 2007, he made his format debut for an international team. Since then, he has established himself as a crucial member of the starting lineups for Team India and the Mumbai Indians, a five-time IPL champion team.

Rohit has amassed 10,587 points at an average of 31.32 in 400 T20 games. His bat has contributed six hundred and 71 half-centuries in the format, with the greatest individual score being 118.

In his 400th T20 game, Rohit “Hitman” Sharma scored 43 runs off 37 balls, including seven fours and a six.

The performance assisted the Indian captain in breaking another milestone, being history’s first Indian captain to score 500 T20I runs in a single year.

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