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Rohit Sharma: One of the best as T20I captain


Cricket   |   October 29, 2019


With Virat Kohli rested for the three-match T20I series against Bangladesh starting November 3, Rohit Sharma will once again have the chance to try his hands at captaincy. He has already led India in 15 T20Is previously in which he impressed everyone with his tactical genius and ability to absorb pressure. Here, we take a look at why Rohit is one of the best when it comes to leading in T20Is.

● Among players who have played at least 10 T20Is as captain, Rohit has one of the best win percentages. His win percentage of 80 in 15 T20Is is the third best after MG Erasmus (83.33) of Namibia and Asghar Stanikzai (80.43) of Afghanistan.

● Rohit is the only player to have scored two centuries as captain in T20Is. He is also one of the only six players with T20I centuries as captain to their names. Tilakaratne Dilshan, Faf du Plessis, Aaron Finch, Paras Khadka and Shane Watson are the other five players.

● His batting average of 39.71 as captain is the second best in T20Is among players from the top 10 T20I nations who have played at least 10 matches. His strike-rate of 158.85 is also the third best among these players.

● In the context of the upcoming series against Bangladesh, Rohit has the second highest tally of runs (162) against the Tigers as captain in T20Is.

● His record of two fifties against Bangladesh is also the joint-most (along with Kane Williamson of New Zealand) for any captain. Moreover, his knock of 89 against them, which came at Colombo last year, is also the highest individual score for any captain against the Tigers.

● The 32-year-old has also hit the most number of sixes (8) as captain against Bangladesh. The next best is MS Dhoni with six sixes two his name.

Written by: Prasenjit Dey