Rohit Sharma becomes the first Indian to score 1000 runs in Asia Cup, surpassing Sachin Tendulkar

On September 6, India captain Rohit Sharma made his way to 1016 runs in the Asia Cup after hitting a 41-ball 72 in a counterattacking masterclass in the Super 4 match against Sri Lanka in Dubai, taking his tally to 1016 runs in the competition.

Rohit Sharma becomes the first Indian to score 1000 runs in Asia Cup, surpassing Sachin Tendulkar
Rohit Sharma scored a stunning 72 not out off 41 balls

Rohit Sharma, the captain of the Indian cricket team, achieved a major milestone on Tuesday, September 6 when he became the first player from the country to score 1,000 runs in the history of the Asia Cup. The milestone was achieved by Rohit Kumar during India’s Super 4 match against Sri Lanka in Dubai in the Asia Cup 2022.

With 971 runs in 23 matches in the Asia Cup, Rohit Sharma finished ahead of Sachin Tendulkar, who had finished the tournament with 971 runs in 23 matches. Tendulkar was able to get all of his runs in the ODI format of the continental tournament during which he played.

As of right now, Rohit is ranked third all-time on the all-time list behind Sri Lankans Sanath Jayasuriya and Kumar Sangakkara. Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar round out the top five players in Asia Cup history, as the players from India and Sri Lanka dominate the batting charts.

On Tuesday, Rohit Sharma scored a stunning 72 not out off 41 balls against an inspired Sri Lankan bowling attack, leading India to a successful counter-attack. The Indian team was reduced to 13 for 2 after opening batsman KL Rahul was dismissed for 6 and former captain Virat Kohli was dismissed for 0 during the power play.

As a result of Rohit Sharma’s aggressive attacks, India was able to post 44 for 2 in the powerplay to defeat Sri Lanka. At the start of the powerplay, he went after pacer Asitha Fernando, but after taking a liking to Wanindu Hasaranga, Sri Lanka’s main leg-spinner, he took aim at him later on in the match.

As Rohit hit two sixes and a boundary in Hasaranga’s third over, he helped shift the momentum of the game in India’s favor following Sri Lankan captain Dasun Shanaka’s decision to choose to bat after winning the toss and choosing to bat in Dubai.

Since he assumed the responsibility of being India’s full-time white-ball captain, Rohit Sharma has demonstrated the fearlessness that he has spoken about since he took over from Virat Kohli. In spite of India losing early wickets, Rohit took well-calculated risks during the innings that proved to be profitable as he led the charge with Suryakumar Yadav in a 97-run partnership.

After Rohit fell to medium pacer Chamika Karunaratne in the 13th over, he still managed to finish the job before he was dismissed.

Most Runs in Asia Cup (T20Is and ODIs)

  • Sanath Jayasuriya – 1220 runs in 25 matches
  • Kumar Sangakkara – 1075 in 24 matches
  • Rohit Sharma – 1016 in 31 matches
  • Sachin Tendulkar – 971 in 23 matches
  • Virat Kohli – 923 matches in 20 matches

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