Rohit Sharma    AFP (File Photo)
Rohit Sharma AFP (File Photo)

While Anushkha Sharma is the ‘Sharma’ Virat Kohli settled for, his deputy in limited-overs cricket Rohit Sharma continues to follow the Indian skipper’s path. In the ongoing first T20I versus Sri Lanka at Cuttack, the stand-in captain Rohit joined Kohli in the elusive 1,500-run club, becoming only the second India to achieve this feat. Captaining the side in the three-match series, Rohit will be eager to pile up a big score. His average against the Sri Lanka reads only 14.50, and will be itching to make amends.

Rohit made his international debut in the inaugural edition of World T20I in 2007. He didn’t get to bat in his first outing against England, but remained unbeaten from thereon in the tournament. A vital fifty in a virtual quarter-final match versus South Africa ensured him a place in the XI for the final, wherein India toppled Pakistan. Since then, Rohit has come a long way in the format. While being the most successful IPL captain (for Mumbai Indians), he is a regular in the T20I lineup. Averaging 30.30 and striking at around 130, the right-hander is India’s second highest-run getter in the format.

The most striking factor of Rohit’s entry in the 1,500-run club is that he has achieved the feat before T20 superstars Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni. Rohit’s highest score, 106, came against South Africa in Dharamsala (2015). If he crosses 82, he will also have the highest score as Indian skipper.

Did you know that Rohit is one of the only three Indian batsmen to register three figures in the shortest format?