India finished as the group leaders after plummeting Zimbabwe in the last Super 12 clash of the ongoing T20 World Cup at the MCG. The Men in Blue were clinical in all departments after setting a humongous total of 186 runs on the back of memorable half-centuries from KL Rahul and Suryakumar Yadav.
In pursuit of a mammoth total, Zimbabwe lost their young opening batter Wesley Madhevere on the very first delivery of the second innings, thanks to an acrobatic catch by Virat Kohli. Regis Chakabva followed suit in the next over after he was cleaned up by a peach from Arshdeep Singh.
Zimbabwe’s downward spiral continued as they lost their next three wickets for just eight runs, restricting their team’s total to 36/5. The African outfit was looking down the barrel after that woeful start but the mercurial all-rounder Sikandar Raza and the hard-hitting Ryan Burl counter-attacked with a brisk stand for the sixth wicket.
Burl gave the Indian bowlers a few headaches, especially the spinners, before veteran offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin sent him packing to dash the hopes of the Zimbabweans. The Indian bowlers then made quick work of the tail as Ashwin finished with impressive figures of 3/22 in his four overs
Suryakumar Yadav- the no.1 T20I batter in the world breached the 1000 run mark in T20Is for 2022 on his way to a belligerent half-century of just 23 deliveries, the fourth fastest for the side in T20 World Cup history. It was his trademark 360-degree power-hitting that propelled India to a daunting total of 186 runs in their 20 overs.
T20 WC 2022 – All the records made by Indian players
In the process, Indian skipper Rohit Sharma recorded two unique records – He becomes the captain with the most T20I wins in a calendar year as captain and also won the most matches as captain of a T20I team.
In the first record, he overtook Babar Azam’s record of 20 wins as captain in the year 2021. Meanwhile, in the second case Hitman recorded the most T20I wins(21) as captain of a team. Ponting has the most in ODIs(29) and Clive Lloyd has the record in Tests (11).
Besides these two records of Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav also registered a record after he smashes a quickfire half-century. He, moreover has now the most runs for India in T20 World Cup by a middle-order batsman, overtaking MS Dhoni’s record of 154 runs.
Swing master Bhuvneshwar Kumar also registered the most maiden overs in T20I history. He overtook his teammate Jasprit Bumrah in the list, who has 9 maiden overs in the shortest format of the game.
Now check out the records that have been made in today’s game between India and Zimbabwe.
Most T20Is won as captain in a calendar year:
21: Rohit Sharma (2022)*
20: Babar Azam (2021)
17: Sarfaraz Ahmed (2018)
Most matches won as captain in men’s cricket
T20I: Rohit Sharma (21)*
ODI: Ricky Ponting (29)
Test: Clive Lloyd / Graeme Smith (11)
Most runs for India in a T20 WC Tournament by Middle Order batter
225 – Suryakumar Yadav (2022)*
154 – MS Dhoni (2007)
153 – Yuvraj Singh (2009)
148 – Yuvraj Singh (2007)
Most Maiden overs in T20I history
10 – Bhuvneshwar Kumar*
09 – Jasprit Bumrah
08 – Ghulam Ahmadi
08 – Frank Nsubuga