Rohit Sharma needs only 35 runs to be the leading runs getter in T20Is. Black Caps’ openers Martin Guptill, who has been ruled out of the series due to an injury, is the lead T20I scorer with his tally of 2272 runs. The Kiwi is followed by Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik with 2245 runs.
Sharma needs just two sixes to complete 100 biggies in T20Is. He will become the third batsmen to achieve this feat after Guptill and Chris Gayle. The duo has 103 sixes each against their names.
After their humiliating loss in Wellington, India will be eager to find their groove back and tie the T20I series 1-1 on Friday to keep the series alive until the final match in Hamilton on 10 February.
The Mumbai batsman could contribute just one run his team’s cause before getting out to Tim Southee in the first t20I. However, if Sharma’s remarkable consistency is anything to go by, he will be expected to get among the runs in the second T20I in Auckland.