On Wednesday, Team India showed the world why they are well-thought-out to be one of the most powerful batting units in cricket. Riding on KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli ‘s scorching knocks, the Men in Blue whipped Kieron Pollard’s West Indies by 67 runs in the series decider at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.
In a lop-sided contest, Pollard won the toss and opt to bowl as India didn’t have a great record while batting first in T20Is but the table turned at Wankhede as it was showering sixes and four by Indian batters.
India posted a total of 240/3 riding on the back of dazzling knocks from Rohit (71), Rahul (91) and Kohli (70*). In reply, West Indies could manage 173/8 in their fixed quota of 20 overs and lost the three-match series 1-2.
The Men in Blue’s leading run in the bilateral series-deciders continued with the Mumbai win — India now have been triumphant in 9 out of 10 deciders in a T20I series.
The batting masters that lit up the Wankhede also led to some new milestones and records in T20I cricket. Some of the records that were broken during the final T20I between India and West Indies match are below:
The Mumbai T20I gave perfect justice to Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma duel for the highest run-getters in T20I cricket. Skipper Kohli and his deputy completed the 2019 year as the joint-top run-getters in the shortest arrangement of the game.
Both the batsmen have scored 2633 runs in T20Is till now. While Rohit scored 71 in the final T20I game of the year against West Indies, Kohli scored an undefeated 70. Before the match, Kohli was just one run in advance of Rohit.
Kohli and records go hand-in-hand and he didn’t change the script in the third T20I as he played one of his most inexhaustible innings against West Indies in the series decider. Kohli slammed 70* off just 29 balls and he completed his 50 in just 21 balls which is fastest by an Indian captain.
India opener Rohit Sharma became the first Indian player to break the 400-sixes mark in international cricket during his grand knock of 71 runs, in which he slammed 5 sixes.
Before the series, Rohit was just one run short to achieve the massive but he failed in the first two T20Is but at his home ground at Wankhede, he didn’t miss the chance to register his name in the record books.
1000 Runs at home turf:
Virat Kohli also became the only third batsman to slash 1000 T20I runs in his home country. New Zealand’s Martin Guptill and Colin Munro had formerly achieved the feat. He required only six runs to achieve a massive feat.