Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma have been acknowledged as one of the best batsmen in the modern era. Rohit's presence as an opener and Kohli's dominance at No.3 have set the benchmark for dominance. The third and final Twenty20 International at the Wankhede stadium against the West Indies was India's last match in this format in this decade. Rohit and Kohli, along with KL Rahul blasted fifties as India won the match by 67 runs and clinched the series 2-1. However, the exploits of Rohit and Kohli resulted in a spectacular result individually for both players. With the decade gone, there is nothing to seperate Rohit and Kohli's greatness due to this one fact.
Rohit's 71 and Kohli's unbeaten 70 put them level on most runs in Twenty20 Internationals. Both batsmen are on 2633 runs. However, Rohit has taken 96 innings to get to the mark at an average of just 32. Kohli, on the other hand, has reached the mark in a staggering 70 innings.
Kohli aces Rohit in a couple of factors. The Indian skipper has a mammoth average of 52 in Twenty20 Internationals and he is the only player currently in the history of cricket to have an average of 50+ in all three formats. He also has the most fifties in the format with 24, having notched up his fastest-ever fifty when he blasted the milestone in just 21 balls.
However, Rohit is the ultimate six-hitting machine in limited-overs format. In Twenty20 Internationals, he has 120 sixes which is the most in this format. When he hit his first six at the Wankhede, Rohit became the third player after Shahid Afridi and Chris Gayle to hit 400 international sixes. He also has four centuries to his credit in the format, which is the most by any player.
Speaking after the end of the game, Kohli said he was happy that the top order had finally helped India reach a good score after contributions from the top order. The knock came on the occasion of Kohli's second wedding anniversary with Bollywood star Anushka Sharma. "We had spoken a lot (big first innings score). It was about going out on the field and executing. I had the opportunity to do something different, which I don't usually do. I told KL to stay on till the end, and said I'll try and smash a few. It was a pretty special innings and also being our second wedding anniversary, it was a special gift. It was a special night and one of the best innings I have played. I know that I can contribute in all formats, it's about putting your mind to it. My role becomes crucial, because I have to play two roles. I'm trying to be able to play like this as well," Kohli said.
During the course of this whole debate, there were questions on who is the greatest of them all in T20Is for India - Rohit or Kohli? The numbers show - it is kind of a dead heat.