Rohit Sharma became the first Indian captain to win 13 T20I matches in a row. Rohit Sharma achieved this remarkable feat during India’s first T20I against England at the Rose Bowl Cricket Stadium in Southampton on Thursday. Rohit Sharma & Co won the match by a huge margin of 50 runs.
Rohit Sharma who earlier missed the fifth rescheduled Test against England after testing positive for COVID-19 recovered on time & resumed his captaincy duties for the T20I series. Rohit Sharma was handed over the reins of captaincy after Virat Kohli stepped down from T20I Captaincy post-T20 World Cup 2021. Rohit Sharma’s winning trot started when he led India in three T20Is in the absence of Virat Kohli & emerged victorious in all matches.
After that when he took over the captaincy from Virat Kohli he went on to win 10 consecutive T20Is which took his tally to 13 consecutive T20I wins which are the most by any captain. He overtook Afghanistan’s Asghar Afghan who has 12 successive wins under his belt. The Indian team has won 25 matches out of 29 which was led by Rohit Sharma. Rohit also achieved another scintillating record of becoming the third Indian batter to breach the 1000-run mark in T20I as captain of the side during the first T20I against England.
India kick-started the T20I series on a Winning Note
Riding on the back of crucial knocks of Hardik Pandya (51 off 33), Suryakumar Yadav (39 runs off 19) & Deepak Hooda (33 off 17) India managed to post an imposing 198 runs target for the hosts to chase. All the Indian batters contributed to their mammoth total by chipping in with crucial runs. For England, the best bowlers were Chris Jordan who chipped in with two wickets each.
In reply, England got off to a poor start as they lost early wickets & soon were reduced to 33 for four after seven overs. Harry Brook (28) & Moeen Ali (36) stitched a 61-run rewarding stand to revive England’s innings. However, all their efforts went in vain as wickets kept falling for them at regular intervals. Soon England’s innings were wrapped at 148 in 19.3 overs. For India, Hardik Pandya starred with the ball as well by scalping four wickets for 33 runs. Chahal & Arshdeep too chipped in with crucial wickets by scalping two wickets each.
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