Lauderhill (Florida): Rohit Sharma on Sunday became the most prolific six-hitter in T20 Internationals while his skipper Virat Kohli attained pole position among Indians in the shortest format across all competitions. Rohit surpassed Chris Gayle's record of 105 sixes by hitting three maximums on his way to a 51-ball 67 in the second T20 International against West Indies here.
The World Cup's highest scorer needed four sixes to go past Gayle's record at the start of the three-match series. During his knock of 24 in the opening game, Rohit had hit two sixes. On Sunday, he smashed another three to lead the tally with 107 sixes.
New Zealand's Martin Guptill has 103.
Rohit was one of India's biggest success stories in the 2019 World Cup, scoring a record five centuries to go past Kumar Sangakkara.
On the way to his 28 off 23 balls, Kohli bettered Suresh Raina's record to become the highest run-getter among Indians in T20 cricket. Raina held the top spot with 8392 runs, while Kohli entered the game with 8388.
Meanwhile, Krunal Pandya's all-round exploits and Rohit Sharma's characteristically sublime half-century powered India to a series-clinching 22-run win over West Indies in the rain-affected second T20 International here on Sunday.
Batting first, India scored a challenging 167 for five and then had West Indies in all sorts of trouble at 98 for four in the 16th over when lightening and thundershowers struck. The Duckworth-Lewis par score at that point was 120, and West Indies were 22 runs behind.
Rohit Sharma top-scored with 67 off 51 balls, setting India up for a challenging total, before Krunal (20 off 13 balls) and Ravindra Jadeja propped up the innings by smashing 20 runs in the final over, which was bowled by Keemo Paul.
In reply, West Indies were off to a disastrous start with both openers Evin Lewis and Sunil Narine back in the hut, with just eight runs on the board in the third over.
Rovman Powell and Nicholas Pooran lifted West Indies from the precarious situation with a 76-run stand for the third wicket before Krunal again got into the act by removing both the batsmen in a space of three balls in the 14th over.
India had won the first match by four wickets