IPL 2021, MI vs RR: Rohit Sharma on cusp of joining elite six hitting club

Match 51 of the ongoing IPL 2021 season will witness defending champions Mumbai Indians playing Rajasthan Royals in a pulsating encounter which has a lot at stake for both the teams. With the fortunes of making the play-offs not completely in their hands courtesy a sea-saw season for both MI and RR, victory seems to be the only way forward to ensure they are alive in the 8-team competition to stake a claim in the last four stage.

Amidst the intense battle between the two teams at the Sharjah Cricket Ground to keep their play-off hopes alive, there are a few milestones which could be achieved by key players on their sides. The most notable among them being that of Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma, who is on the cusp of registering 400 sixes in T20 cricket.

Known for his crisp ball striking courtesy his immaculate timing, MI skipper will fancy his chances to clear the boundary rope twice against RR and join an elite club of six hitting batters in the shortest format of the game. If the ‘Hitman’ happens to tonk two sixes, he will become the first ever Indian cricketer and only the 8th player overall to accomplish the herculean feat.

The seven batters who have scored 400 or more sixes in their T20 career are Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell, Brendon McCullum, Shane Watson, AB De Villiers and Aaron Finch.

The other notable milestones which can be scaled in the MI vs RR clash are as follows

Ishan Kishan requires just a single to register 1000 runs for Mumbai Indian in the IPL. The hard hitting southpaw is known for his explosive knocks in the middle order. Kishan has amassed 999 runs in 39 innings for MI even since joining the franchise. Overall, the left hander has scored 1318 runs in the marquee Indian T20 league.

Rajasthan Royal’s David Miller is 41 runs short of registering 2000 runs in the IPL. The belligerant South African middle order batsman has scored 1959 runs in 88 IPL matches.

Mumbai Indian’s swashbuckling seam all-rounder Hardik Pandya is just three sixes away from registering 100 sixes in the IPL.

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