India opener Rohit Sharma is on the cusp of joining the elite list of most sixes in international cricket. With 399 sixes, Rohit is just one six away from joining Chris Gayle and Shahid Afridi in the 400 sixes club. Gayle, who is now a white-ball specialist, holds a considerable lead over Rohit with 534 sixes. Afridi, who still plays franchise cricket, hit 476 sixes before playing his final international match last year.
Rohit had overtaken Brendon McCullum (398) sixes in the Bangladesh Test series. Former India captain MS Dhoni sits on the fifth spot with 359 sixes and is likely to end his international career at the same tally.
Rohit, who made his India debut back in 2007, was an inconsistent member of the side for first six years but the move to open the innings in white-ball changed his fortune. He has established himself as one of the best openers in limited-overs crikcet and is only batsman with three double-centuries in ODIs. In T20Is, Rohit has four centuries.
He holds oodles of records in white-ball cricket. in 2017, his consistency saw him being elevated as team India’s vice-captain in white-ball cricket. He has led India in a number of matches in Virat Kohl’s absence. The Men in Blue won Asia Cup 2018 under Rohit.
Recently, he was also promoted as an opener in Test cricket and Rohit has done wonders in the longest format as well. In five Tests as opener, he has 556 runs at 92.66. He has batted six times this year.
Rohit wasn’t a part of playing XI in West Indies series and continued failures from openers saw him get a chance against South Africa. The experienced batsman capitalised on the opportunity and is set to keep the position for long.
He is now gearing up for the West Indies series, where India play three T20Is and three ODIs. It was expected that Rohit might be rested for the series but he decided against it. He, along with other senior players, is likely to be rested for the Sri Lanka T20Is to be played early next year.