The Indian Cricket team will once again have their eyes on the ICC T20 World Cup scheduled in Australia in 2020 when they come out to play against South Africa in Mohali. Notably, India led by Virat Kohli, are scheduled to play a three-match T20I series against South Africa and the first of the three-match T20I series has already been washed out. Both teams would now love to get a lead in the second match as a win in this match would mean they cannot lose the series. Neither of the teams thus would want to get themselves into a situation where they are playing for saving a series rather than winning it.
The spotlight will once again be on Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma as they will fight it out yet again to attain T20I supremacy. As far as the all-time highest run-scorer in T20Is is concerned, Rohit Sharma is at the zenith of the list as he already has 2422 runs from 96 matches at a healthy average of 32.72. However, Indian captain Virat Kohli is not much behind Rohit and even has a scarcely believable average to his credit. Kohli has 2369 runs to his credit in 70 matches and averages 49.35.
In effect, Virat Kohli is 53 runs away from Rohit Sharma and there could be a good competition within the Indian stars to end the series as the overall leading run-getter in T20 Internationals. Virat will also have the opportunity to become the first Indian captain to win a series at home against the Proteas in T20 format.
Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma can go on to become the highest run-getter against South Africa in 20 overs cricket. In India-South Africa head to head records, Rohit’s tally of 341 runs is already the most by any player including both the teams. Against South Africa, Rohit has accumulated 341 runs in 10 innings at an average of 37.88. His first T20I hundred also came against the same opponent in 2015.
It remains to be seen which of these records would be broken by the duo.