With Covid-19, Rohit missed India’s fifth Test match against England and managed only 24 in the first T20 match of the series. But Hardik’s lightning-quick fifty was what propelled India’s first innings total to 198/8. Deepak Hooda and Suryakumar Yadav each scored 33 and 39 runs, respectively.

Pandya then batted his way through the English order to finish with a return of 4-33 from four overs. The hosts’ stumbling run-chase resulted in just 148 points.

Before the series decider at Trent Bridge on Sunday, India may win the series in Edgbaston on Saturday. Rohit has the opportunity to achieve yet another milestone when the action turns to Birmingham. Only the second hitter in the history of cricket to smash 300 fours in T20Is, he still has to knock two more fours. So far, only Irishman Paul Stirling has accomplished the feat.

In addition, Virat Kohli, a former captain, is attempting to break the same batting record. He and Rohit are now equal for the most fours in T20Is with 298. Despite missing the series opener, Kohli is back in the T20 lineup after a five-month absence. The previous home T20 series against South Africa was missed by him.

India exacted vengeance for their Test loss to England earlier in the week by winning the match in Southampton by choosing to bat first. “Ball One had a superb performance. The hitters have shown purpose, “After the game, Rohit stated.

“Hardik did a fantastic job of preparing for the IPL. He was interested in improving his bowling. He entered the game quickly and was rewarded for his variety. The first several bowlers made good swings with the ball, stopping England’s batting during the powerplay. With the throw, we took that into account.”

Rohit, who made a brisk start before being dismissed on 24 off 14, hit five fours during his brief stay and went past Kohli for a huge feat. In his 29th innings as India’s captain, Rohit overtook Kohli by scoring 1,000 runs, setting a new milestone for India.

Up to October 2021, Kohli was the T20 Internationals skipper who amassed 1000 runs the quickest. Babar Azam of Pakistan shattered it; while Kohli had accomplished the record in 30 innings, Babar did it in 24.