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Rohit Sharma equals MS Dhoni’s record of most T20I appearances for India

Rohit Sharma has so far scored 2443 runs in T20I at an average of 32.45.

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Rohit Sharma equals MS Dhoni's record for most T20I appearances for India
Rohit Sharma scores only 9 runs against South Africa. Photo: BCCI

Indian opener Rohit Sharma equaled MS Dhoni’s record of playing most number of T20I matches for India when he came out to bat against South Africa at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Sunday. It was Rohit’s 98th T20I match for the country.

Suresh Raina takes the next place with 78 T20I appearances while Virat Kohli is 4th in the list with 72 T20Is under his belt.

Veteran wicket keeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni last featured in the shortest format of the game during the home series against Australia earlier this year. He missed the West Indies tour and the ongoing South Africa series due to his taking leeway from international cricket.

Rohit Sharma has so far scored 2443 runs in T20I at an average of 32.45 that includes four centuries and 17 half-centuries with a personal best of 117.

Sharma, the vice-captain of the side, is the second highest run scorer in the shortest format.

In the ongoing T20I series against South Africa at home, Rohit Sharma failed to impress with the bat. He managed to score only 12 runs in India’s win in Mohali and then dismissed before double figure mark in the final match.

As of the match, Kohli won the toss and elected to bat first. The home side lost Rohit Sharma early in the innings.

For a while, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli stood against the attack for a while. But the men in blue were tore apart by the South African bowlers led by Kagiso Rabada starring with three wickets.

Beuran Hendricks and Bjorn Fortuin bagged two wickets each while Tabraiz Shamsi picked up one.

India will host South Africa in a three-Test series starting from October 2 in Visakhapatnam.

Most number of T20I matches for India: 

PlayerMatches
MS Dhoni98
RG Sharma98
SK Raina78
V Kohli72
Yuvraj Singh58
S Dhawan55
R Ashwin46
RA Jadeja44
JJ Bumrah42
B Kumar40

Most number of T20I appearances overall: 

PlayerMatches
Shoaib Malik111
Shahid Afridi99
MS Dhoni98
RG Sharma98
LRPL Taylor90
Mohammad Hafeez89
Umar Akmal82
JP Duminy81
EJG Morgan81
Mushfiqur Rahim81
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