JANUARY 18 , 2024
“On this banner day for India in Bengaluru, Rinku Singh’s sparkling performance added another gleaming chapter to the nation’s cricketing triumphs.”
In a historic clash between India and Afghanistan, cricket witnessed its first-ever international match featuring two Super Overs, marking only the second instance in T20 history, the first being the Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab encounter in the 2020 IPL.
The high-octane T20I showdown in Bengaluru saw India and Afghanistan collectively amass 424 runs, establishing it as the second-highest aggregate in a tied T20I. The record is held by the 2010 Christchurch T20I between New Zealand and Australia, where a staggering 428 runs were scored, with both teams posting 214 each.
Rohit Sharma, the maestro of T20I cricket, etched his name in history by notching up five centuries, surpassing the likes of Glenn Maxwell and Suryakumar Yadav. His unbeaten innings of 121 off 69 balls in the same game stands as his highest T20I score, ranking as the fourth-highest individual score for India in T20Is.
“In November 2018, Rohit Sharma etched his name in cricket history by setting the record for the most T20 International centuries, securing his fourth ton and surpassing Colin Munro’s three. Remarkably, this record, once solely owned by Rohit, saw challenges in November 2023 when both Glenn Maxwell and Suryakumar Yadav equaled the feat. However, Rohit Sharma, in a testament to his enduring prowess, reclaimed the title.
Further solidifying his impact on the game, Rohit Sharma orchestrated a spectacular 190* partnership with Rinku Singh. This stand not only showcased their batting prowess but also etched a new milestone in Indian cricket. The 190-run partnership now stands as the highest for India in T20 Internationals, surpassing the previous record of 176 runs held by Deepak Hooda and Sanju Samson for the second wicket against Ireland in 2022.”
“In a breathtaking display of power-hitting, India surged ahead with an astounding 58 runs in the last two overs of their innings, setting a new milestone as the highest combined total across the 19th and 20th overs in all men’s T20s. This remarkable feat surpassed Nepal’s previous record of 55 runs against Mongolia in the 2023 Asian Games, where ball-by-ball data was meticulously documented.
Adding to the spectacle, the 20th over witnessed a spectacular onslaught, as Karim Janat conceded 36 runs against the dynamic duo of Rohit Sharma and Rinku Singh. This performance now stands as the joint most runs conceded in a single over in men’s T20Is, equalling the records set by Yuvraj Singh off Stuart Broad in 2007 and Kieron Pollard off Akila Danajaya in 2021. Sixes rained down on each delivery, etching a breathtaking chapter in T20I history.
India’s late-innings surge saw them amass a staggering 103 runs in the last five overs, showcasing an exceptional batting prowess. This achievement places India in rare company, with only one other team, Nepal, having crossed the 100-run mark between the 16th and 20th overs of a men’s T20I innings. Nepal achieved this feat by scoring 108 runs against Mongolia in 2023, a testament to the electrifying nature of the game and the evolving standards of T20 cricket.”
- Rohit Sharma and Rinku’s 190* partnership in men’s T20Is stands out, surpassing all others with eight instances exceeding 190. Remarkably, seven of these partnerships were for the opening wicket. Notably, their unbroken 190-run stand is now the highest for the fourth wicket or lower in T20Is.
Record-breaking Fifth-wicket Stand:
- The partnership between Rohit Sharma and Rinku, amassing 190*, also secures the second-highest spot in all T20s for the fifth wicket or lower. This feat follows closely behind Iftikhar Ahmed and Shakib Al Hasan’s 192-run stand in a BBL game last year.
Captain’s Century Club:
- Three of Rohit Sharma’s five T20I centuries have been achieved while captaining India, putting him on par with Babar Azam for the most T20I tons as captain. This milestone aligns with Babar’s three centuries during his captaincy tenure.
Rinku’s Historic Knock:
- Rinku’s remarkable 69* against Afghanistan sets a new record as the highest score by an Indian batting at No.6 or lower in T20Is, eclipsing Axar Patel’s previous mark of 65 against Sri Lanka in Pune in 2023.
- At 36 years and 262 days, Rohit Sharma’s age on Wednesday makes him the oldest player from a Test-playing nation to score a century in T20Is, surpassing Chris Gayle’s previous record of 36 years and 117 days set in 2016 against England.
Bengaluru’s Fiery Encounter:
- The match in Bengaluru witnessed a spectacular display with five fifty-plus scores. Rohit and Rinku shone for India, while Afghanistan’s top three batsmen also contributed half-centuries. This rare occurrence marks only the second T20I game featuring five fifty-plus scores, echoing the 2020 Auckland T20I clash between New Zealand and India as the first instance.