Martin Guptill ousted Rohit Sharma in T20Is to become the highest run-getter
After scoring 40 runs in the first T20I against Scotland on Wednesday, Martin Guptill of New Zealand became the greatest run-scorer in men’s T20Is. Guptill reached this significant milestone in the shortest version of the game during the course of this innings, surpassing India captain Rohit Sharma, who has 3379 runs. Guptill, a right-handed batsman, now leads Sharma by 20 runs with 3,399 runs in T20Is.
Batting first, the Black Caps achieved 225/5, with Finn Allen recording his first T20I century. Scotland, in reply, was held to 157/8 in reply, with Ish Sodhi taking 4/28 and Mitchell Santner grabbing 2/23.
Rohit passed his countryman Virat Kohli to become the player with the most runs scored in T20Is earlier this year during a match against Sri Lanka. After scoring a 31-ball 40 against Scotland in the first T20I in Edinburgh, Guptill, who had been following closely behind Rohit, has now passed him.
Rohit has played 128 T20I matches compared to Guptill’s 116. The forthcoming five-match T20I series against the West Indies, which starts on Friday, will feature the Indian captain as his next opportunity to play.
In the shortest format, Guptill’s average is 32.37, while Rohit’s average is 32.18.
In the second T20I of the home series against England in Ahmedabad in 2021, Kohli became the first player to surpass the 3000 run threshold in T20Is. Eight years ago, Guptill’s countryman Brendon McCullum became the first player to surpass the 2000-run milestone. In men’s T20Is, McCullum was in fact the first to surpass the 1000-run mark.
Virat Kohli, former captain of India, is in third place with 3,308 runs in 99 games at an incredible average of 50.12. Ireland’s Paul Stirling is in fourth place with 2,894 runs. Meanwhile, Aaron Finch, the captain of Australia, is in fifth place with 2,855 runs.