New Zealand vs India: Rohit Sharma claims T20I record

Rohit Sharma, the India captain, became the highest run-scorer in T20Is during the course of his half-century on Friday.

Rohit Sharma now has 2,288 T20I runs. File Photo: AFP

India captain Rohit Sharma became the highest run scorer in Twenty20 International history on Friday when he posted his 16th career half-century in the format against New Zealand in Auckland.

Sharma’s innings in the second T20 against the Black Caps took his tally to 2,288 runs, overtaking New Zealand’s Martin Guptill on 2,272. Sharma reached his half-century off 28 balls, smashing four sixes and three fours.

The 31-year-old made his T20 debut against England in 2007 and has played 92 matches, averaging 33.15.

Sharma was caught at the boundary going for another six after reaching 50 but India seemed on course for a comfortable victory, chasing 159.