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About Rohit Sharma

The “Hitman” of Indian cricket team, Rohit Sharma is a force to be reckoned with. The sensation of big innings and huge sixes, Rohit Sharma today, is famous internationally for his strong and offensive batting styles.

When Rohit Sharma started his international cricketing career in 2007, it was not a smooth take-off for him. He struggled almost 6 years to make a mark in the Indian cricket team. But thanks to his exceptional batting performances, Rohit is now the vice-captain of the Indian Cricket team in limited over matches. He also represents Mumbai Indians in the IPL, where he is the Captain of the Mumbai team. He is the only cricketer in the world to score three double-centuries in ODIs.

Full Name Rohit Gurunath Sharma
Profession Cricket Player
Birth Date April 30,1987
Birth Place Nagpur, Maharashtra
Height 5 ft. 8 in.(1.73 m)
Batting Right Handed Batsman
Bowling Right Arm Off-Break Bowler
Teams India and Mumbai Indians (IPL)
Father's Name Gurunath Sharma
Mother's Name Purnima Sharma
Wife Ritika Sajdeh
Jersey Number 45

(As of 4th November 2018)

Rohit Sharma Cricket Career:

  • Batting
Match Innings Runs Avg HS SR 100 50
Test 25 43 1479 39.97 177 55.14 3 9
ODI 193 187 7454 47.78 264 88.67 21 37
T20I 85 78 2092 32.18 118 136.91 3 15
IPL 173 168 4493 31.87 109 131.03 1 34

(As of 4th November 2018)

  • Bowling
Match Innings Runs Wkts BBM Econ Avg
Test 25 10 202 2 1/35 3.63 101.0
ODI 193 38 515 8 2/27 5.21 64.38
T20 85 9 113 1 1/22 10.27 113.00
IPL 173 30 440 15 4/6 29.33 29.33

(As of 4th November 2018)

Rohit Sharma’s Childhood

Rohit Sharma was born to Gurunath Sharma and Purnima Sharma on April 30, 1987. He was born in Bansod, Nagpur district of Maharashtra. His family’s financial condition was not so good. His father was a caretaker of a storehouse for a transport firm. Due to limited means of livelihood, he was shifted to his grandparents and uncles in the Borivli area of western Mumbai suburbs. He visited his parents on weekends. Soon he was attracted towards cricket and started playing it with full devotion.

At the age of 8, with the help of his uncle, Rohit attended a coaching camp organised by Dinesh Lad. Dinesh Lad was impressed by his talent and advised Rohit to join Swami Vivekananda International School which had better cricketing facilities. Lad himself was giving coaching for cricket in that school. However, his uncle was financially sound to pay for the fees there. At this point, Dinesh Lad again helped the boy by arranging a four-year sports scholarship and encouraged him to become an opener batsman. Rohit proved his mettle by scoring a century in his debut match as an opener during the Harris and Giles Shield school cricket tournaments. The trust of Dinesh Lad was well paid-off.

Rohit Sharma’s Domestic Cricket Career

Rohit Sharma started his domestic cricket career with the Deodhar Trophy in March 2005. He played this match for West Zone team against the central zone at Gwalior. In this trophy, he scored an unbeaten 142 in 123 balls against the north zone at Udaipur, making his appearance noticed by the selectors. But it was the ICC U19 World Cup of 2006 which gave the limelight to Rohit Sharma. He scored an impressive 205 runs in that tournament.

Playing for India A in Abu Dhabi and Australia, he made an impressive batting, which resulted in his selection in the 30 probable lists for the Champions Trophy. However, he was not selected for this tournament. In July 2006, Rohit played his debut First-Class for India A against New Zealand. Rohit Sharma played his debut Ranji trophy match in 2006-07 when played for his team Mumbai. Due to his consistent performances in IPL and Champions Trophy, he was made the captain of Mumbai Ranji team for the season of 2013-14.

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Rohit Sharma’s International Cricket Career

Rohit Sharma’s International cricket career started when he played his first international one day match against Ireland in Belfast on 23 June 2007. In this match, Rohit Sharma didn’t get the opportunity to bat. But Rohit Sharma was destined to make his mark and this, he did by scoring a winning unbeatable 50 runs off 40 balls against South Africa in the ICC World T20 tournament of 2007. While playing the final of the same series against Pakistan, Rohit scored crucial 30 runs off 16 balls. During his early career, Rohit had to play as a finisher. He even got the opportunity to play with Sachin Tendulkar.

Rohit Sharma Biography

Rohit Sharma’s first ODI Century came on 28 May 2010 against Zimbabwe when he scored 144 runs. He again scored a century in his next match against Sri Lanka (101 not out).
From 2013, Rohit Sharma got the permanent place in the Indian cricket team as Opener. Rohit also contributed in winning the ICC Champions Trophy for India in 2013. Together with Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit has given a credible opening pair to the Indian cricket team. But the most historic moment of Rohit Sharma’s cricket career came when he played against Sri Lanka in the ODI match of Kolkata’s Eden Gardens and scored 264 runs and hence scored the World Record in 2014. This was the first 250 or more innings of ODI cricket history. In this match, the whole team of Sri Lanka also could not score even 264 runs. After this memorable innings, Rohit Sharma’s cricket graph has grown exceptionally. Playing in Bangalore against Australia, Rohit again made a new record with 16 sixes.

Rohit Sharma’s Test debut match started in November 2013 when he was given the chance to play in Sachin Tendulkar’s farewell test series against the West Indies in Eden Gardens, Kolkata. In this Test series, Rohit scored 2 back-to-back centuries. After Azharuddin and Sourav Ganguly, he became the third Indian Batsman to do so.

Rohit Sharma has now become the second player to score most number of sixes after Dhoni in India. He has scored 202 sixes in 193 matches. Apart from this, Rohit Sharma has made the highest number of sixes in the world so far in 2018. It is Rohit Sharma, who played the greatest inning of 264 runs in ODIs in one-day internationals. Rohit Sharma is the only player in the world who has made two double centuries in ODIs.

Rohit Sharma also holds the joint World Record to score the fastest century off 35 balls in Twenty20 International against Sri Lanka at Holkar Stadium in Indore on 22 December 2017 with David Miller of South Africa. He has also won many “man of the match” and “man of the series” titles for various tournaments. Indian cricket team selectors have given green signal to Rahul to lead the Indian cricket team as the captain at many occasions and he has proved his worth by winning the matches and cricket series against different countries.

Rohit as India’s Cricket Captain: for the first time in his career, Rohit Sharma got the opportunity to become the captain of the Indian cricket team in January 2018 when Virat Kohli was rested for the ODIs and T20I against Sri Lanka in the T20 Nidahas Trophy. India under the captaincy of Sharma won this series by 2-1.

Recently India under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma won the Asia Cup by defeating Bangladesh by three wickets in the final. It was one of the great performances by Rohit as a captain. However, he had the experience of successfully heading the Mumbai IPL team. He had won 3 times the IPL Trophy for Mumbai Indians.

Rohit Sharma has shown great traits as captain and has been very successful in winning matches for India as a captain. There are voices that demand that Rohit is made the new Indian captain for ODIs in place of Virat Kohli. This will also provide the much-needed rest for Kohli and he may be able to focus more as a batsman. Rohit has become one of the most reliable batsmen for the Indian cricket team.

Arjun Award– In recognition of the outstanding contributions for the sports of cricket in India, Rohit Sharma was awarded the Arjun Award in 2015 by the Indian Government.

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