OTD | India skipper and one of finest opening batters of 21st century, Rohit Sharma made his T20I debut 16 years ago

Rohit Sharma has a record of highest number of centuries in the T20I format; he has scored 4 centuries, alongside 29 half-centuries.

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On this day 16 years back in the year 2007, it was an evening to remember for Team India for many reasons at the Kingsmead Stadium in Durban during the inaugural edition of the T20 World Cup. MS Dhoni’s young Indian team was taking on England in a super-8 match of the tournament.

Amidst all this, it was the T20I debut for then 20-year-old young batter Rohit Sharma who later turned all the history pages in the shortest format of cricket. However, this super-8 clash between India is famous in T20I history for the iconic six sixes in an over smashed by former star Indian batter Yuvraj Singh off Stuart Broad in the 19th over of the first innings.

But somehow, the debutant Rohit Sharma managed to get his name on that remarkable scoreboard for India, he took a crucial catch to dismiss England opener Vikram Solanki who was becoming trouble for Indian bowlers. Solanki got caught by Rohit Sharma off Irfan Pathan when the former was on the individual score of 43 runs off 31 balls, including 5 fours and a six. England were in a strong position when Solanki got dismissed and they lost the second wicket at the score of 96 runs in 10.3 overs.

Rohit Sharma's unstoppable journey of playing most number of T20I matches for India

Since his T20I debut, Rohit never looked back and kept achieving new milestones in his illustrious T20I career of 16 years. Now, he has played the highest number of T20Is for India, playing 148 matches in the quickest format for the men in blue followed by his current teammate and former skipper, Virat Kohli who has 115 matches on his credit.

Speaking of the leading run-scorers for India in T20I cricket, Rohit is in the second spot in the list of all-time highest run-scorers overall and for India. He is just behind Virat Kohli, who has scored 4008 in 107 innings of 115 matches averaging 52.73.

On the other hand, Rohit Sharma has scored 3853 runs in 140 innings of the 148 matches, he played for India, with an average of 31.32, scoring 4 centuries and 29 half-centuries.

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