The first of the three-match T20I series between India and Sri Lanka at Barabati Stadium in Cuttack could be a special one for MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma on Wednesday. The duo will be looking to reach some major landmarks in the shortest format.
The wicket-keeper batsman, besides his brilliant finishing ability with the bat, is also known for his electrifying quick hands behind the wickets too. As of now, the Jharkhand man has 70 dismissals (45 catches, 25 stumpings) to his name, and the record is currently held by AB de Villiers at 72 (65 catches and 7 stumpings). The South African has played T20I matches both as a wicket-keeper as well as a fielder.
Dhoni needs three more dismissals when India plays against Sri Lanka to attain the maximum number of dismissals in T20I cricket. It can be another feather in Dhoni's cap.
Besides Dhoni, Rohit, needs to add another 15 runs to his T20I career and become the second Indian cricketer to score 1,500 runs in the shortest format of the game.
Rohit has scored 1485 runs in 68 matches so far with an average of 30.30 at a strike rate of 129.92, which is brilliant in T20I. After becoming the first person ever to score three double hundreds last week, the India opener will have his sights on this record as well.
Kohli is India's highest run-getter and second in the all-time list of most runs in the shortest format with 1,956 runs, and is 184 runs short of Brendon McCullum's 2,149 runs.
It remains to be seen if the two big names -- Dhoni and Rohit -- of India cricket will achieve their personal landmarks in Cuttack. However, their prime objective will not be to attain records, but first help India secure a win in the first T20I and take a 1-0 lead.