Kiwi opener Martin Guptill leapfrogs Rohit Sharma to become highest run-scorer in T20Is

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Aggressive New Zealand opener Martin Guptill has achieved a new milestone as he went past Indian counterpart Rohit Sharma to become the highest run-scorer in T20Is during the first T20I between Scotland and New Zealand, on Wednesday.

Earlier, India skipper Rohit had become the highest run-scorer in the shortest format of the game when he went past countryman Virat Kohli against Sri Lanka in February. Guptill, however, managed to leapfrog Rohit during his 31-ball 40 against Scotland in the first T20I in Edinburgh.

Guptill now has 3,399 runs in T20Is, which is 20 runs more than Sharma’s 3379.

Notably, former India skipper Kohli was the first to breach the 3000-run mark in T20Is when he achieved the feat in 2021 during the second T20I of the home series against England in Ahmedabad. Howeverm the 2000-run mark in T20Is was first crossed by Guptill’s countryman, Brendon McCullum in 2016.

Intrestingly, McCullum was also the first to cross the 1000-run barrier too in men’s T20Is.

As of now, Guptill tops the chart for most T20I runs and is closely followed by the Indian duo of Rohit and Kohli while Ireland’s Paul Stirling comes fourth with 2894 T20I runs.

At the fifth place stands Australian skipper Aaron Finch with 2855 runs.

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