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Rohit Sharma: The ‘King of Sixes’

Rohit Sharma is captaining India in the absence of Virat Kohli and in the process completed 100 T20I matches when he stepped out to play against Bangladesh in Rajkot.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: November 8, 2019 8:37:29 am
Rohit Sharma and sixes go hand in glove. (AP)

Rohit Sharma played a match-winning innings of 85 runs off just 43 balls to knock the stuffing out of Bangladesh and guide India to an eight-wicket win on Thursday in the second T20I of the three-match series.

Playing in his 100th T20I, the stand-in skipper made it a night to remember with a sizzling batting display where he smashed six humongous sixes.

Rohit and sixes go hand in glove. It is his pure skill and talent that allows him to clear the ropes effortlessly.

One of the reasons is his bat lift and flow of the willow that he generates before contact with the ball which always gives him that extra second more than his contemporaries.

His timing is literally perfect and he sees the ball quicker and thus has more time to get into a good position and thereby, he can clear the boundary with ease and can hit sixes more often than men much bigger than him can.

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Following his blistering knock, Rohit Sharma has now another record under his belt as he stands on the top of the most number of sixes in the calendar year across all formats

66 – Rohit Sharma ( 2019 )**
74 – Rohit Sharma ( 2018 )
65 – Rohit Sharma ( 2017 )
63 – AB De Villiers ( 2015 )
59 – Chris Gayle ( 2012 )

In the list of most sixes by Indians in T20s , Rohit eclipsed southpaw Suresh Raina-

RohitSharma: 344
Suresh Raina: 311
MS Dhoni: 295

In the list of most 6s as a captain in T20I’s Rohit once agains leads the charts-

37 – Rohit Sharma* (17 innings)
34 – MS Dhoni (62 innings)
26 – Virat Kohli (26 innings)

Among batsmen with most sixes in international cricket, Rohit is now third on the list-

Chris Gayle – 534 sixes in 530 Innings
Afridi – 476 in 508 Innings
Rohit Sharma – 398th six* in 354 Innings
Mccullum- 398 six in 474 Innings

Rohit Sharma also has the most number of sixes in 2019 with 62 monstrous hits.

Rohit Sharma was particularly lethal against the Bangaldeshi spinners in Rajkot.

His record versus off-spinners in T20Is is an interesting read-

Till 2015 – Average : 21.0, Scoring Rate : 6.53 rpo
Since 2016 – Average : 201.0, Scoring Rate : 10.39 rpo

Incidentally, Rohit Sharma has scored at 8.3 runs per over in his first 15 balls in T20Is in 2019.  This is also the quickest start for the right-hander in a year since making his debut in the format in 2007.

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