India vs New Zealand: Rohit Sharma retires hurt, KL Rahul takes over as captain

Updated on Feb 02, 2020 02:39 PM IST

Rohit Sharma, captaining India with Virat Kohli rested after leading the side to victory in the first four matches, was not out 60 when he left the field in Mount Maunganui.

Rohit Sharma in action during the match between India and New Zealand.(Twitter)
Rohit Sharma in action during the match between India and New Zealand.(Twitter)
Mount Maunganui | ByAgencies

Rohit Sharma blasted his 21st half century but then retired hurt as India posted 163 for three, batting first in the fifth and final Twenty20 against New Zealand on Sunday.

The master batsman, captaining India with Virat Kohli rested after leading the side to victory in the first four matches, was not out 60 when he left the field in Mount Maunganui.

Sharma twisted his left leg stepping around Shreyas Iyer while taking a single at the start of the 17th over.

After being treated on the field he decided to continue batting and clouted the next ball for six but he was clearly in discomfort and two balls later he limped from the field.

KL Rahul took over the captaincy duties as Rohit did not come back to field.

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India stumbled early in their innings after winning the toss and electing to bat when Sanju Samson was out for two in the second over. But Sharma joined opener KL Rahul and the pair put on 88 for the second wicket before Rahul was dismissed for 45. Kuggeleijn claimed Shivam Dube for five in the penultimate over leaving Iyer unbeaten on 33 at the end with Manish Pandey on 11.

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The right-hander became the eighth Indian batsman to score 14,000 international runs across different formats of the game. Apart from Rohit, Mohammad Azharuddin (15,593) Virender Sehwag (17,253), MS Dhoni (17,266), Sourav Ganguly (18,575), Virat Kohli (21,788), Rahul Dravid (24,208) and Sachin Tendulkar (34,357) are the other Indian batsman to score more than 14,000 international runs.

Tendulkar holds the record for scoring most international runs after registering 34,357 runs across formats.

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