India is currently taking on Sri Lanka at Dharamshala’s Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in the third and last T20I of the ongoing series between the two sides. The Blues have won the first two matches of the series and if they win tonight as well, it would be an absolute whitewash. Indian captain Rohit Sharma gave a tremendous performance both in captaincy and with the bat. But more important than that, he broke an untouchable record and thus made history.
Rohit Sharma has been one of the most important players in the Indian Senior team for quite some time now across all formats. He is one of the best not only in India but in the whole world. According to ICC rankings, he is currently 6th in Test Cricket, 3rd in ODI and 11th in T20I which speaks loads about his current form.
But what Rohit Sharma is mostly known for is his brilliant captaincy abilities. Rohit made his captaincy debut with IPL franchise Mumbai Indians back in 2013 and won the title with them in his maiden captaincy season. The rest is, as they say, history.
He went on to win 5 IPL trophies with Mumbai Indians, the highest ever in IPL history, and seems to have no plans to stop yet. The closest to him is Mahendra Singh Dhoni with 4 IPL trophies. But given their age difference, Rohit will play for many more years while Dhoni’s days as captain are numbered.
Well, the Indian captain has proved his consistency once again at the International level as he became the most capped player in T20I history. He has now played 125 International T20 Matches which is the highest ever. Previously the record was held by Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik.
Here’s a list of the most capped players in T20I:-
- Rohit Sharma (India) – 125 matches
- Shoaib Malik (Pakistan) – 124 matches
- Mohammad Hafeez (Pakistan) – 119 matches
- Eoin Morgan (England) – 115 matches
- Mahmudullah (Bangladesh) – 113 matches
Seeing the other players on this list, it can be estimated that Rohit will be holding this record for a pretty long time until some other players emerge. But that will take a lot of time.
Rohit Sharma made his T20I debut for India back in 2007 and it has now been over 15 years that he has been at the top consistently. He deserves a great deal of respect and appreciation for that.