Rohit Sharma became the highest run scorer in Twenty20 international history Friday (Feb 8) as India romped to a seven-wicket win over New Zealand in the second T20 in Auckland.
Sharma top-scored for the tourists with 50 as India chased down New Zealand’s modest 159-run target in 18.5 overs, levelling the three-match series at 1-1.
Sharma’s knock was his 16th T20 half century and took his career tally in the format to 2,288 runs, overtaking New Zealand’s Martin Guptill on 2,272.
The 31-year-old made his T20 debut against England in 2007 and has played 92 matches, averaging 33.15.
However Sharma, who is standing in as captain while Virat Kohli is rested, was more interested in focusing on India’s performance than his individual achievements.
His team dominated New Zealand with bat and ball to avenge an 80-run loss in the opening fixture in Wellington -- India’s heaviest ever T20 defeat.
The final match of the series is at Hamilton on Sunday (Feb 10).