ROHIT SHARMA (India)
Indian opener Rohit Sharma transformed himself into a copybook destructive opener once he was promoted to open in 2013 by then skipper MS Dhoni. Since then he has conjured up three double hundreds in ODIs and recently became only the second batsman to score three centuries in the T20I format.
Owner of the joint fastest T20I hundred in just 35 balls, Rohit Sharma has changed the way openers view the format. Instead of going bang-bang from the start, Rohit takes the liberty to play out few balls to get his eyes in and then looks to play the whole 20 overs to spread its devastation to maximum effect.
One of the few batsmen to score over 2,000 runs in T20I format, Rohit has scored his runs at the strike rate of 137.05, but his ability to play the whole 20 overs is something that sets him apart from other openers, who tend to get out trying to maximize the effect of power play overs or the first 10 overs.
Rohit Sharma is also the only batsman in world cricket today to have atleast three centuries in all the three international formats of the game, a feat that is unique to him and is evidence of his impact and devastation in the T20I format.