IND vs AFG: A record-breaking night for Rohit Sharma in numbers

Skipper Rohit Sharma smashed his record fifth century while Rinku Singh scored an unbeaten 69 off just 39 with two fours and six sixes as Team India posted a mammoth total of 212/4 on the board eventually winning the thrilling third and final T20 international in a Double Super Over against Afghanistan at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. The match ended up in a tie at the same score of 212 which forced the Super Over to come into play. With this victory, the Men in Blue have whitewashed the Afghans 3-0.

Speaking about how the dead rubber panned out, captain Rohit won the toss and elected to bat first. After bagging two ducks in the opening two encounters, Rohit finally looked at his usual best as he came out all guns blazing. However, the home side struggled at the start as they lost four wickets at the score of just 22. Yashasvi Jaiswal scored four while Virat Kohli bagged a golden duck, the first of his career in 109 innings.

Shivam Dube, who struck half-centuries in the first two matches, managed to score only one off six while Sanju Samson also got dismissed for a golden duck. The innings were all about Rohit and Rinku then as the duo stitched a record 190* partnership for the fifth wicket. The former remained unbeaten on 121 off just 69 which included 11 fours and eight maximums.

In reply, the visitors started well as openers Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran added 93 runs for the wicket first. The former struck 50 off just 32 while captain Zadran got dismissed for 50 off 41. Azmatullah Omarzai scored a golden duck while veteran Mohammad Nabi played a quickfire cameo of 34 off just 16 which included two fours and three maximums. Gulbadin Naib kept the tourists in the hunt for the target as he slammed an unbeaten 55 off just 23. Naib single-handedly took his side at leveling the score of 212 with his explosive and counter-attacking knock. The first Super Over got tied and the home side finally won the second Super Over to claim a famous victory.

Meanwhile, here are some of his important stats and numbers

5 – Rohit Sharma has now smashed the most centuries (five) in T20Is. Glenn Maxwell and Suryakumar Yadav are joint second with four hundred.

121* – Rohit scripted his highest T20 international score of 121*. His previous best of 118 came against Sri Lanka in the year 2017.

190* – Rohit and Rinku Singh scripted the highest partnership of 190* for the fifth wicket or below in the shortest international format. They went past Dipendra Airee and Kushal Malla, the duo added 145 runs for Nepal against Hong Kong in 2023.

190* – Rohit and Rinku recorded the highest partnership of 190* for any wicket for India. They surpassed Sanju Samson and Deepak Hooda’s stand of 176 against Ireland in Dublin in 2022.

1648 – Rohit has now slammed the most runs (1648) by an Indian captain in T20I format. He went past Virat Kohli’s tally of 1570 runs.

36 – Rohit and Rinku have smashed the joint-most runs (36) in an over in a T20 international. Yuvraj Singh off Stuart Broad against England in 2007 and Kieron Pollard off Akila Dananjaya against Sri Lanka in 2021 also hit as many runs in an over.

90 – Rohit has now hammered the most sixes (90) by a captain in T20I cricket. He surpassed Eoin Morgan’s tally of 86 maximums.