Rohit Sharma makes history, overtakes Babar Azam as India beats England in semi-final

Rohit Sharma and Babar Azam

India captain Rohit Sharma outplayed Babar Azam after the semi-final win over England in the T20 World Cup 2024. India were excellent on the day and put in an all-round performance to crush England’s hopes.

With this win, India has moved into the T20 World Cup final for the third time in history. The Men in Blue will take on South Africa in the final to be played on June 29 at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados. South Africa had earlier defeated Afghanistan by 9 wickets in the first semi-final.

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Rohit Sharma breaks Babar Azam’s record

With the victory over England, Rohit Sharma became the most successful captain in T20I history. Rohit has now led India to a record of 49 wins in 61 matches in T20I cricket with a brilliant winning percentage of 78.68. The Indian captain will want India’s 50th victory in the 2024 T20 World Cup final over South Africa, which will be memorable for him.

On the other hand, Babar Azam has led Pakistan to 48 wins in 85 T20Is with a winning percentage of 56.47. Babar has fallen to second place in the list. The Pakistan captain had a disappointing tournament in the 2024 T20 World Cup, where he scored 122 runs in four matches. Pakistan was eliminated from the group stage of the tournament after a shock loss to the United States.

Rohit Sharma at T20 World Cup 2024

Rohit Sharma is having an outstanding tournament so far as captain and batsman. The opening batsman has scored 248 runs in seven matches so far at an average of 41.33 and a strike rate of 155.97.

Rohit has scored two of the three half-centuries in this tournament against strong teams like Australia and England. In the last Super 8 match, he scored 92 off 41 balls against Australia, including 7 fours and 8 sixes. Then, in the big semi-final against England, he repeated his feat by giving India a flying start and scored 57 off 39 balls.

The 37-year-old also became the second highest run-scorer in T20 World Cup history with 1211 runs in 43 innings at an average of 35.61 and a strike rate of 132.78. He is just five runs behind teammate Virat Kohli in this list.

Rohit Sharma’s good form bodes well for his team, which hopes its captain will also lead the final. India will face South Africa in the final, which will be played on June 29 at the Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados.

Rohit Sharma has scored 4222 runs in 158 matches in his decorated T20I career. He has scored these runs at an average of 32.22 and a strike rate of 140.82. In this T20 World Cup, he also became the leading run-scorer in T20Is by surpassing Babar Azam. The Indian captain has scored five hundreds in his T20I career, which is the most by any batsman.