The limited-overs stalwart has been in fine form for India of late and recently went past Virat Kohli to become the country’s all-time leading run-scorer in the T20 format.
The classy right-hander also smashed his fourth ton in the format in the second T20 against Windies as he struck an unbeaten 61-ball 101 in an innings which included seven sixes.
That ton helped Rohit overtake New Zealand’s Colin Munro and become the only batsman in the world to register four T20I centuries to his name.
As India and Windies prepare for one final T20 showdown, we take a look at the record Rohit could break on Sunday.
LEADING T20I RUN-SCORER IN 2018
With 556 runs from 15 innings, the India man is the third highest run-scorer in T20I cricket in 2018. He sits behind the Pakistan pair of Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam who have registered 576 and 563 runs respectively so far in the calendar year.
With Pakistan’s T20 series against New Zealand now concluded, Rohit could top the charts should he score a further 21 runs at Chennai on Sunday. His opening partner Shikhar Dhawan is in fifth spot in the list currently with 480 runs to his name.
ALL-TIME LEADING RUN-SCORER IN T20I CRICKET
Rohit’s overall T20I record currently reads 2,203 runs in 79 innings at an average of 33.89. He is in second spot in the list of the format’s all-time leading run-scorers and only behind New Zealand opener Martin Guptill.
Guptill currently has 2,271 runs to his name in the format from 73 innings. The Blackcaps stalwart was denied the chance to add to his tally in the recent series against Pakistan after being ruled out with injury. Guptill’s loss could now be Rohit’s gain with a further 69 runs on Sunday propelling the India man to the top of the all-time batting charts.
Given his propensity to score big when he gets in, one wouldn’t rule out the possibility of that happening in Chennai.
MOST SIXES IN THE FORMAT
The seven sixes Rohit slammed in the Lucknow clash has taken his overall tally in the format to 96. That helped him overtake former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum to become the batsman with the third-most number of sixes in T20I cricket.
Another four hits over the fence on Sunday will see Rohit become the first Indian batsman and third overall in history to register a century of sixes in the format.
If he does repeat his Lucknow heroics to strike seven sixes, he will tie Windies T20 stalwart Chris Gayle and Guptill to become the joint-highest six hitter in the format. Both Gayle and Guptill currently have 103 sixes to their names.
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After a patchy period in limited-overs cricket which began at the Asia Cup, the left-hander roared back to form with a run-a-ball 88 in Pakistan’s six-wicket win over the Blackcaps in the second ODI.
Fakhar’s excellent knock helped the men in green level the three-match series at 1-1 following their crushing defeat in the first ODI.
Speaking after the game, the Pakistan opener was delighted to help his side overcome the Blackcaps’ challenge.
“Of course it is disappointing to miss out on a ton but I am glad we were able to break our losing run of 12 ODIs against New Zealand. We are also delighted to level the series and the most important thing was the win,” he stated.
The innings was Fakhar’s ODI first half-century on Asian soil and it came at a time when the batsman was feeling the pressure from his dismal form.
“Obviously if you’re not scoring runs for four to five matches in a row at this level, your confidence takes a beating. However, the captain and team management has backed me to the core during this phase,” Fakhar explained.
“They are completely backing me and assured me that my place in the side is not under threat. That gives me the confidence to continue.”
The first ODI double centurion in Pakistan’s history is now confident of his side clinching the series against New Zealand on Sunday.
“This win will give us a lot of confidence going into the decider. The confidence is back in the boys after our loss in the first ODI. We are confident that we will capture the series 2-1,” he commented.
Fakhar’s fitness has been the subject of speculation recently with the southpaw not picked in the Pakistan Test squad for the series against New Zealand. The official Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) release on Saturday stated that Fakhar has been handed a rest for the series.
The 28-year-old shed some light on his knee injury on Saturday and explained he was still undergoing rehabilitation.
“I had a knee injury after the second T20 and had a tear in my ligament. So I was resting as I continued my rehabilitation. I am still undergoing rehabilitation for the injury but I am fit enough to play,” he said.
While the 18-year-old was rewarded for his outstanding form in the T20 series, where he has picked up eight wickets in two matches, there was disappointment for opening batsman Fakhar Zaman who failed to find a place in the squad.
Fakhar had made his Test debut in the recent series against Australia where he registered scores of 94 and 66 in his two innings. Despite that showing, the left-hander has not been retained for the two-Test series and has instead been handed a rest along with leg-spinner Shadab Khan.
Both players have been advised to undergo training at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Lahore.
Batsman Saad Ali has been handed a maiden call-up as well after his innings of 144 for Pakistan A in the unofficial Test against New Zealand A recently.
“Shaheen Shah Afridi has been included in the Test squad because of his current form. Saad Ali has been included in the squad after his performances in domestic cricket and recent Pakistan ‘A’ series in the UAE,” Pakistan chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq said in a release.
“The team has been selected keeping in mind the conditions of the UAE, where Shadab Khan and Fakhar Zaman have been rested from the Test matches and have also been advised to undergo training at the NCA.”
There was once again no place in the squad for pacer Mohammad Amir who continues to grind it out in domestic cricket with Hasan Ali, Mohammad Abbas and Mir Hamza providing the pace options for the series.
Off-spinner Bilal Asif retains his place in the Test squad after an impressive debut series showing against Australia.
The first Test between Pakistan and New Zealand gets underway on November 16 in Dubai with the final match commencing in Abu Dhabi on November 24.
PAKISTAN 15-MAN TEST SQUAD:
Mohammad Hafeez, Imam-ul-Haq, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail, Babar Azam, Saad Ali, Sarfraz Ahmed (capt/wk), Yasir Shah, Bilal Asif, Mohammad Abbas, Hasan Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Shaheen Afridi, Mir Hamza.