Recently, India and Bangladesh played the 1000th T20 international match. Unlike the 50-over format which took 24 years to reach this milestone, T20 cricket required only 14 years. In this article, we take a look at the three players who have played the most T20I matches.
The Indian vice-captain, Rohit Sharma stands at the third position in this list having played 99 T20I games in his 12-year career. The Mumbai-born star made his debut during the inaugural World T20 in South Africa. Recently, Rohit overtook MS Dhoni’s tally of 98 matches to become the most capped Indian player in the shortest format of the game.
The Indian opener even holds the record of scoring the most runs in T20I cricket. He has scored 2,537 runs at an average of 32.53. Besides, he has the most number of centuries in T20I cricket with four.
Rohit Sharma bludgeoned an imperious half-century in his 100th Twenty20 International as India levelled the series against Bangladesh with a crushing eight-wicket victory in Rajkot.
By slamming 225 fours and 115 sixes, the right-handed batsman has always proven to be more than a handful for bowlers to deal with.
Shikhar Dhawan was cramped up by the seamers, but looked more at home facing spin before he was bowled for 31 giving Aminul Islam the charge – ending a stand of 118 from only 65 balls.
Shreyas Iyer (24 not out) struck the winning runs to put the Tigers out of their misery and ensure it is all to play for in the third and final match of the series.
Bangladesh and their downfall
Liton Das and Naim got the Tigers off to a good start, but an opening stand of 60 ended when Rishabh Pant ran the former out for 29 after he was given two lives.
Naim looked well set until he holed out attempting to launch Washington Sundar over the ropes, then Chahal put the brakes on by removing Mushfiqur Rahim and snaring Soumya Sarkar (30) stumped in an excellent 13th over.
Captain Mahmudullah struck a brisk 30, but Chahal and Deepak Chahar (1-25) restricted the tourists to a below-par total with skilful death bowling.
Yuzvendra Chahal took 2-28 as the Tigers made 153-6 after they were put in by Rohit at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium on Thursday, Mohammad Naim top scoring with 36.