Rohit Gurunath Sharma is an Indian cricketer who represents the country in international cricket. On the domestic level, Rohit plays first-class cricket for Mumbai. Rohit is the present vice-captain for the Indian cricket team in limited-overs cricket. He is also the present captain of Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League.
Table of Contents
- Biography - About Rohit Sharma
- Rohit Sharma - Along the years
- Awards and Accolades
Biography - About Rohit Sharma
Rohit is a right-handed opening batsman and bowls right-arm off break occasionally. Rohit is widely popular for his aggressive style of batting where he likes to take the charge to the bowler. He is the only batsman in the world to hit three double centuries in ODI cricket. He also holds the record for most number of runs scored by a batsman in a single innings of ODI cricket (264 vs Sri Lanka). Because of his aggressive batting style, Rohit has been nicknamed 'Hitman'.
Rohit Sharma - Along the years
|2006||19||First Class Debut for India A|
|2006||19||Ranji Trophy Debut for Mumbai|
|2008||21||IPL Debut : Deccan Chargers|
|2010||23||IPL Debut : Mumbai Indians|
|2013||26||Became Captain of Mumbai Indians|
|2013||26||Captained Mumbai Indians to first IPL victory|
|2013||26||International Test Debut|
|2013||26||Scored First Career ODI Double Century (209 vs Aus)|
|2014||27||Scored Second Career ODI Double Century (264 vs SL)|
|2014||27||Became highest individual scorer in a single innings in ODI cricket (264 vs SL)|
|2015||27||ODI World Cup Debut|
|2015||28||Captained Mumbai Indians to second IPL victory|
|2017||30||Captained Mumbai Indians to third IPL victory|
|2017||30||Scored Third Career ODI Double Century (208* vs SL)|
|2019||32||Captained Mumbai Indians to fourth IPL victory|
|2019||32||Became the third Indian batsman to win the ICC Golden Bat award at ICC ODI World Cup 2019|
- Highest individual score in ODIs - 264.
- Only player with three double centuries in ODIs.
- Second Indian with centuries in all formats of cricket (other than Suresh Raina).
- The highest number of centuries in a single ICC World Cup- 5
Awards and Accolades
- Rohit Sharma was honoured with ‘Arjuna Award’ in 2015.
- Awarded the Golden Bat award for scoring most number of runs in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
- Rohit Sharma was awarded the highest sports honor of the country, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 2020
In March 2005, Rohit made his List A debut for West Zone against Central Zone in Deodhar Trophy. In the same tournament, Sharma scored an unbeaten inning of 142 in 123 balls against North Zone at Udaipur. This gave Sharma an opportunity to represent India A at Abu Dhabi against Australia. Sharma was also named in the 30 man list for the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy tournament but failed to make the squad.
Sharma made his India A debut against New Zealand A in a first-class match at Darwin in July 2006. Months later, Rohit made his Ranji Trophy debut for his Mumbai in the 2006–07 season and was a part of the victorious Mumbai team. Sharma has been a part of Mumbai's Ranji Trophy team for his entire domestic career. Rohit was appointed team captain ahead of Mumbai for the 2013–14 season after the retirement of Ajith Agarkar.
Sharma has had one of the most successful and illustrious IPL careers ever. Sharma debuted in the IPL in 2008. He was signed by the Deccan Chargers franchise, based in Hyderabad. His contract got him a whopping $750,000 a year. Although he was selected as a batsman, he proved his worth as a bowler too as he took a hat-trick against Mumbai Indians. He dismissed Abhisekh Nayar, Harbajan Singh and JP Duminy to bag his first ever hattrick.
In the next IPL auctions, Sharma was bought by Mumbai Indians for a sum of $2 million. He has been with the Mumbai Franchise ever since. Sharma has personally scored over 4,000 and is the third-highest run-scorer after Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina.
Rohit made his international debut for India at a one-day match against Ireland in Belfast on 23 June 2007. He used to bat at number seven and didn't get a chance to bat in India's nine-wicket victory. After which Sharma was occasionally dropped from the team but finally made it back every single time. Sharma had a disastrous 2012 when he scored only 168 runs in the whole calendar year.
Sharma started opening the Indian innings with Shikhar Dhawan in the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy, and the gamble turned out to be a huge success. Rohit Sharma's opening partnership with Shikhar Dhawan is the second most successful opening partnership for India after Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar. Rohit also plays well in partnership with the no.3 batsman Virat Kohli.
Kohli-Rohit pair has an average of over 65 in ODIs. On 13 November 2014, Sharma registered the highest individual score in a single inning. He scored a mammoth 264 from 173 deliveries against Sri Lanka at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Sharma was the recipient of the Golden Bat award for scoring the most number of runs in ICC World Cup 2019.
Rohit was never considered to be a Test cricketer. Rohit made his Test Debut in November 2013. It was the same series when Sachin Tendulkar retired. Sharma made his Test debut at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. He scored 177 on his debut match. It was the second-best score on debut by an Indian just Shikhar Dhawan's score of 187. He scored another century in the very next match.
Sharma was however dropped from the Test team due to inconsistency in performance. Sharma however was selected for the 2018–19 tour of Australia. He became a part of the first-ever Indian team to win a test series against Australia in Australian soil.
Also see - Rohit Sharma net worth
T20 International Career
Sharma debuted for India in T20 internationals during the 2007 ICC World Twenty20 and was a part of the World Cup-winning Indian national team. By scoring 106 against India on 2 October 2015 Sharma became the second cricketer to have scored a century in all three formats on the international stage. On 8 July 2018, Sharma became the second Indian batsman after Virat Kohli, and fifth worldwide to score 2,000 runs in Twenty20 internationals.
Rohit was named the vice-captain of India in limited-overs cricket as soon as Virat Kohli assumed the role of the captain on Dhoni's captaincy abdication. Sharma was named the captain of the Indian team in December 2017 when India's captain Virat Kohli was rested for the series against team Sri Lanka. The team won the series 2–1. Rohit has also led India to victory in the Nidahas Trophy.
Sharma was made the captain of Mumbai Indians in 2013 and won his team the IPL title in the very first match. As of 2019, Sharma has 4 IPL titles under his belt having won the tournament in 2013, 2015, 2017, and 2019. He also led the Mumbai Indians to win the Champions League Twenty20 competition in 2013.
Rohit was born on 30 April 1987 in Bansod, Nagpur, Maharashtra, to Purnima Sharma and Gurunath Sharma. Rohit's father worked as a caretaker of a transport firm storehouse. His father didn't have adequate financial means to support Rohit and hence he was raised by his grandparents and uncles in Borivali.
Rohit's parents lived in a single-room house in Dombivli, only during weekends. Rohit has a younger brother named Vishal. Rohit Sharma's wife name is Ritika Sajdeh, the couple got married in 2015. They have a beautiful daughter, her name is Samaira Sharma.