India captain Rohit Sharma broke Yuvraj Singh’s record for most sixes by an Indian batter in the history of the ICC T20 World Cup during the Super 12 match against the Netherlands in Sydney on Thursday.
With his third six of the innings against the Netherlands, Rohit increased his tally of sixes in T20 World Cup history to 34. He broke Yuvraj Singh’s previous record of 33 sixes.
After electing to bat first, India did not have the best of starts. KL Rahul, India’s vice-captain, was out in the second over, but Rohit and Virat Kohli banded together to ensure they didn’t lose any more wickets in the powerplay. In the same over that India lost Rahul, Rohit signaled his intentions by pulling Dutch right-arm pacer van Meekeren for a six over square leg.
With another trademark pull shot over square-leg off Bas de Leede, Rohit broke Yuvraj’s record with his third six of the match in the 10th over. Klaasen dismissed the Indian captain in the 12th over, just as he looked set for a big one. Rohit attempted another big shot but didn’t get the timing right and was holed out at deep midwicket for 53 off 39 balls.