Indian captain Rohit Sharma made a brilliant comeback in the first T20 match against the West Indies at the Brian Lara Cricket Stadium in Trinidad on Friday. He was rested after the triumphant tour of England. It feels good to have some time away from cricket as he overtook New Zealand’s Martin Guptill to become the highest run-scorer in T20Is on his return.
Rohit needed 20 runs to go past Guptill’s 3,399 runs. The Indian skipper achieved this milestone in the eighth over when he doubled off Alzari Joseph’s short ball. Next ball, he hit his classic pull shot for the first six of the game.
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Rohit continued his top-class batting while wickets kept falling at the other end. The Indian captain scored his 27 runsTh T20I fifty with a boundary in 12Th OVER Once again, it was debutant Joseph who was punished on a full delivery. It was well outside off and Rohit got it to a half ton at extra cover.
Earlier in the game, India tried a new opening combination with Suriyakumar Yadav walking out to bat with Rohit after the West Indies chose to field. The pair added 44 runs in the opening wicket before Akil Hussain got the better of Surya Kumar, who was opening in a T20 game for the first time since 2018.
After defeating the hosts 3-0 in the ODI, several Indian regulars, including captain Rohit Sharma, returned to the visiting team after the ODI rest.
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“Ready to go. Good to have some time off. Excited to come back and get things going. First international game here, nice to see the big turnout. Good facility.” “Looking. Will have to see how the wicket plays. Some guys have gone, some have come back. Pretty excited to start,” Rohit said at the toss.
Meanwhile, Al-Zari Joseph made his T20I debut for the West Indies while Shimron Hetmyer, who was not part of the ODIs, returned to the mix.
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