Team India’s batting stalwart and Vice-Captain, Rohit Sharma, went past Chris Gayle’s record of most sixes in T20I cricket during his knock of 67 runs in the second T20I of the three-match series against West Indies at Florida.
Rohit was three behind Gayle’s tally of 105 T20I sixes at the beginning of the series. He had hit two sixes in the first T20I to take his tally to 104 and, hence, missed out on surpassing the milestone by a very narrow margin. However, he didn’t have to wait long to own the record as he achieved the feat in the very next match.
The 32-year-old started off very cautiously in the second T20I as the initial period assisted the bowlers with some seam and swing movement. However, once the movement had died down, Rohit started opening his arms and going for those lofted hits over the fence.
He reached the milestone in the 11th over of the innings by hitting Sunil Narine for his second six of the innings. He went on to hit one more six during the course of the innings to take his tally to 107 sixes.
Rohit, along with Shikhar Dhawan, got India off to a flying start as they put on 67 runs for the first wicket. Although Dhawan got dismissed for 23, Rohit carried his superb World Cup form into this series to bring up his 17th T20I fifty and also the third against West Indies in the format.
He was ultimately dismissed for a well compiled knock of 67 runs off just 51 deliveries, which consisted of six fours and three sixes. Rohit’s name is now right at the top of the record for most sixes with 107 hits to his name. Gayle, Martin Guptill, Colin Munro and Brendon McCullum form the top five with 105, 103, 92 and 91 sixes respectively.