India vice-captain Rohit Sharma needs just 8 runs to regain his spot of highest run-scorer in T20 internationals. The Mumbaikar will try to achieve the feat in the third and final rubber against South Africa in Bengaluru on Sunday.
It is to note that India skipper Virat Kohli surpassed Rohit during the second T20 international when he smashed 72 not out off 52 balls as India took a 1-0 lead in the series by registering a facile seven-wicket victory in Mohali.
Kohli’s blitzkrieg helped India chase down the 149-run target with 6 balls to spare.
The Delhi-lad now has 2,441 runs from 66 innings to Rohit’s 2,434 from 89 innings. However, Rohit will once again have the opportunity to get past Kohli when he comes out to bat with Shikhar Dhawan on Sunday evening.
Dhawan, meanwhile, has 6,996 runs in his bag in T20 cricket and needs just four to complete 7,000 runs in the shortest format of the game.
The southpaw will then become only the fourth Indian following Kohli, Suresh Raina, and Rohit to reach the landmark in T20s.
Talking about Rohit and Kohli in T20 internationals, the former has scored 17 half-centuries and has an average of 32.45, whereas the latter has 22 half-centuries against his name and has an average of 50.85.