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Third T20: Rohit Sharma eclipses Virat Kohli in five-ball knock vs West Indies

India captain Rohit Sharma plays a shot during the 1st ODI against England at the Kennington Oval in London on Tuesday, Junly 12, 2022. (ANI Photo/BCCI Twitter)

By: Shubham Ghosh

India captain Rohit Sharma might have hit only one six out of the four he required to become the second-most successful six-hitter in international cricket in the third T20 international against the West Indies on Tuesday (2) but even that scripted yet another record for him.

The 35-year-old suffered a back spasm while batting in the match at St Kitts & Nevis and could play only five balls before retiring.

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But even within the short span, he hit a maximum to go past Virat Kohli to become the India captain with most number of sixes in T20 internationals. Sharma has now slammed 60 sixes in 34 innings while Kohli had 59 in 50 games as the captain. Former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni hit 34 sixes.

The six, however, almost led to Sharma’s downfall as Dominic Drakes was near to catching it but palmed it over the fence.

Sharma also hit a four during his stay and appeared to have hurt his lower back and left the ground after a brief chat with the team physio. The ace batter, who hit a 44-ball 64 in the first match in Trinidad and Tobago, got out on the first ball in the second match.

India banked on Suryakumar Yadav, the other opener, to win the third match by seven wickets to go 2-1 up in the five-match series. Yadav slammed 76 in just 44 balls as India overhauled the target of 165 with an over to spare.

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