Mumbai Indians captain and opener Rohit Sharma has set a new record in the IPL match against Rajasthan Royals. He hit 22 off 13 balls, including two sixes and a four. With his second six of the game, he completed the milestone of 400 sixes in the T20 format. Hitman also became the first Indian to achieve this feat. Rohit also became the first cricketer in Asia to complete 400 in sixes.
He is followed by Chennai Super Kings all-rounder Suresh Raina in the Indian sixes chase. Raina has 325 sixes. Captain Virat Kohli is just behind. He hit 320 sixes. Former captain and wicketkeeper MS Dhoni (304 sixes) and former legendary all-rounder Yuvraj Singh (261) are in the next position.
Rohit is ranked seventh in the world in terms of six-wicket haul. The West Indies legend Chris Gayle has been hailed as the universal record holder for the most sixes in a T20I. He hit 1024 sixes in cricket. Second place went to another West Indies player. Captain and star all-rounder Karen Pollard was second with 758 sixes. Third place goes to the Windies.
Another all-rounder, Andre Russell, is third with 510 sixes. Former New Zealand batsman and wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum (485), former Australia all-rounder Shane Watson (467) and South African legend AB de Villiers (434) are in fourth to sixth place.
Mumbai Indians, who thrashed Rajasthan Royals by eight wickets in a knockout match, have kept their playoff hopes alive. The official victory of the defending champions against Sanju Samson’s team was due to their bowling prowess. After the toss, Mumbai skipper Rohit opted for bowling. They bowled out the Royals for 90 for nine. With the exception of Evin Lewis (24), no other Royals have been able to cross the 20 mark.
The Royals’ story was told by Mumbai’s pace trio. Australian pacer Nathan Coulter Nile took four wickets while James Neesham took three. Jaspreet Bumra took two wickets. Coulter Nile struck out four for 14 in four overs while Neesham struck out three for 12 in four overs.
In reply, Mumbai lost just two wickets in 8.2 overs. Ishant Kishan, the first fifty of the season, accelerated Mumbai’s victory. He hit 50 off 25 balls, including five fours and three sixes. Coulter Nile was named Man of the Match for his Royals career-best performance. With the win, Mumbai moved up to fifth position in the points table.
- * Rohit Sharma is the first Indian and 7th batsman overall to hit 400 sixes in T20 cricket
- * Rohit has hit 133 sixes for India and the remaining 267 in domestic T20 competitions
- * MI chased down 91 vs RR with 70 balls to spare, their 2nd biggest win in terms of ball remaining
Rohit scored a four and 2 sixes in his 13-ball 20 to get Mumbai Indians off to a flying start in their chase of 91.
Ishan Kishan then took charge and smashed 50 not out off 25 balls with 5 fours and 3 sixes to help MI win the mactch by 8 wickets and 70 balls to spare, which is the second biggest margin of victory for the defending IPL champions in terms of balls remaining. This is also the fifth fastest win for any team in IPL history