Rohit Sharma has become the first Indian cricketer and 2nd in the World to plat 100 T20Is for his country. In women’s cricket, India’s Harmanpreet Kaur achieved the feat earlier. Among men, Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik was the first batsman to reach the 100-match landmark. Malik played 111 matches so far in the shortest format of the game. Comparatively, more women’s cricketers crossed the 100-T20I landmark. A total of 10 player in women’s cricket(including Kaur) have played 100 T20Is so far. New Zealand’s Suzie Bates and Ellyse Perry (both 111) of Australia played the most number of T20I matches.
After appearing in the Rajkot T20I, Rohit occupied the second position crossing Pakisn’s Sahid Afridi who has played 99 T20I. Earlier, Rohit became the most-capped Indian player in men’s cricket in T20Is, overtaking former Indian skipper MS Dhoni.
Most-capped T20I players (top 5 men):
Shoaib Malik – 111
Rohit Sharma – 100
Shahid Afridi – 99
MS Dhoni – 98
Ross Taylor – 93
Most-capped T20I players (top 5 women):
Suzie Bates – 111
Ellyse Perry – 111
Deandra Dottin – 110
Sana Mir – 106
Jenny Gunn – 104
The 32-year-old Mumbai batsman is currently captaining the Indian cricket team in the absence of Virat Kohli, who is on a short break from the game. Kohli is likely to return in the squad in India’s upcoming 2-match series against Bangladesh, starting on November 14. Before playing his 100 T20I, Rohit Sharma sent a message to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) saying it is a very proud moment for him.
Bangladesh (Playing XI): Liton Das, Mohammad Naim, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim(w), Mahmudullah(c), Afif Hossain, Mosaddek Hossain, Aminul Islam, Shafiul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Al-Amin Hossain
India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(w), Shivam Dube, Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, Deepak Chahar, Yuzvendra Chahal, K Khaleel Ahmed