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Rohit Sharma is undoubtedly the cleanest hitter of a cricket ball you will ever see. Nothing can be as pleasing as the sight of the ‘Hitman’ striking the ball over the covers. Rohit Sharma is current vice-captain of the Indian Cricket Team in the limited-overs.
Once hailed as a ‘talented’ youngster to later ridiculed by the critics for his inconsistency and now becoming an important cog in the Indian batting line up, this Mumbaikar’s journey is nothing short of a movie right there in the making.
Rohit Gurunath Sharma
Date of Birth
30 April 1987
Mumbai (Born: Nagpur)
5 ft 10 inch
Purnina Sharma & Gurunath Sharma
23 June 2007 Vs Ireland
6 November 2013 Vs West Indies
T 20 Debut
Right-arm off break
Rohit Sharma Biography
Rohit Sharma was born on 30 April 1987 in Bansod, Nagpur, Maharashtra. His mother Purnima Sharma is from Visakhapatnam while his father Gurunath Sharma worked as a caretaker of a transport firm storehouse.
Sharma was raised by his grandparents and uncles in Borivali because his father couldn’t afford to raise a child. He would visit his parents, who lived in a single-room house in Dombivli, only during weekends.
His uncle helped him with some finances and Sharma joined a cricket camp in 1999. His coach at the camp was Dinesh Lad who asked him to change his school to Swami Vivekanand International School, where Lad was the coach and which had better cricket facilities.
Lad got him a scholarship. So for four years he didn’t pay a penny and did well in cricket. Sharma started as an off-spinner who could bat a bit before Lad noticed Sharma’s batting abilities and promoted him from number eight to open the innings.
Rohit Sharma Career
Rohit Sharma made his List A debut for West Zone against Central Zone in the Deodhar Trophy in March 2005. He came to bat at number 8 scoring 31* off 47 balls to help West Zone win by 3 wickets.
Riding on high confidence, Sharma scored 142* off 123 balls against North Zone in the same tournament. This performance of Sharma caught the eyes of selectors for the first time.
Based on his performances, Sharma was called up for India A’s visit to Abu Dubai and Australia. He was also included in the 30-member probable list for the ICC Champions Trophy.
Sharma scored 57 and 22 during his first-class debut for India A against New Zealand A in July 2006. He made his Ranji Trophy debut with Mumbai in the 2006-07 season. After a rusty start, Sharma scored 205 against Gujrat and 57 against Bengal in the finals to help Mumbai lift the Ranji trophy.
The Hitman has spent his first-class career with Mumbai where he set various records including his highest career score of 309* against Gujrat in the Ranji Trophy. Sharma was appointed to lead the team after Ajit Agarkar retired ahead of the 2013-14 domestic season.
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Rohit Sharma received his first ODI call-up against Ireland on 23 June 2007. Although he did not get to bat, India won the match by 8 wickets.
At this point of time, Rohit Sharma used to bat in the middle-order. When he finally got a chance to bat against South Africa, Sharma was unable to play well as he got out at 8.
Sharma scored his 1st half-century against Pakistan in November 2007 followed by a 39* against Australia and 70* against Sri Lanka in February 2008. His triple century in Ranji in 2009 ensured he returned to the ODI squad in 2010.
This time Sharma took his chance as he scored his first ODI century (114) against Zimbabwe followed by another century against Sri Lanka (101*).
Missing Out 2011 World Cup & Revival
However, Sharma was unable to show consistent performances leading him to miss out on the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup. Post WC, Sharma’s career got a revival when MS Dhoni recalled him and promoted him as an opener in the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy. Rohit Sharma never turned back then.
Sharma scored 177 runs in 5 innings at an average of 35.40 with two half-centuries, as India went on to lift its second Champions Trophy.
The next year, Rohit scored 264 against Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens, and in doing so surpassed Virender Sehwag’s 219 to become the highest-scoring batsman in an ODI. The record still stands, as nobody has been able to cross it.
By the 2015 ICC World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, Rohit Sharma and Shikar Dhawan were the Men in Blue’s newest openers. The duo has opened for India in 105 innings, scoring 4708 runs at an average of 45.26.
The achieved personal highest opening partnership of 210 runs was achieved against Pakistan in the Asia Cup 2018.
In 2017, Rohit Sharma was named the Indian captain for the first time in his career. India won the ODI series 2-1 under his leadership. He again led India in the 2018 Asia Cup after Virat Kohli was rested after the England tour. India won the tournament after beating Bangladesh in the final.
The hitman finished as the batsman with the most ODI runs in 2019. He scored 1,490 runs in 27 innings with an average of 57.30 and a strike rate of 89.92.
In his ODI career, Sharma has played 226 ODI matches scoring 9,168 runs with an average of 49.03 and a strike rate of 88.86. Sharma also has 29 centuries and 43 half-centuries to his name.
ICC Cricket World Cups
Rohit Sharma has played in two Cricket World Cups- 2015 and 2019. His performances as India’s opener were vital in India’s run to the semi-finals in both the tournaments.
His first World Cup appearance came against Pakistan, wherein Sharma scored 15. After a slow start, Sharma showed his true form when he scored 57* against UAE in the third match.
Against Ireland in the 5th match, Sharma scored 64 as India secured an 8-wicket win. His best performance came against Bangladesh in the quarterfinal.
Rohit Sharma scored 137 as India powered into the semi-finals with a 109 run victory. In the semifinals, Rohit Sharma scored 34 as India collapsed against eventual winners Australia.
India were the favourites to win the 2019 Cricket World Cup, mainly due to the batting powerhouse of the top order. Sharma scored a century in the first match against South Africa.
He scored a half-century in the second match against Australia followed by 140 against arch-rivals Pakistan.
Sharma played a crucial role as India we unbeaten in the first five matches of the World Cup. In the 6th match against England, he scored 102 as India’s unbeaten record came to an end.
Rohit scored two more centuries in the last two group stage matches against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka as India secured the top spot.
Rohit finished as the tournament’s high scorer 648 runs. He scored 5 centuries and 2 half-centuries and is the only player to do so in a single World Cup.
Rohit Sharma has performed decently when called upon despite not being the first choice openers for India in test cricket. He made his entry into the Indian test team relatively late.
He scored 177 on his debut against West Indies to join a small group of Indians to score a century on his debut.
Sharma went on to score 111* at the Wankhede and became the third Indian to score consecutive centuries in the first two tests. Only Sourav Ganguly (1996) and Mohammad Azharuddin (1984) achieved the feat before this.
Rohit Sharma has played 38 Test matches in which he has scored 2615 runs with an average of 46.7. He has scored one double century, 7 centuries and 12 half-centuries.
His high score of 212 runs came against South Africa in October 2019. After the innings, David Warner said that he believes that Rohit Sharma could be the one to break Brian Lara’s 400* record.
When it comes to T20, you can hardly find a complete opener than Rohit Sharma.
Rohit made his T20 debut for India against England in 2007 ICC World T20 Championships but did not get an opportunity to bat. However, he did get an opportunity against South Africa in his second match and took it with both hands.
Rohit played and scored an unbeaten 50 as India won by 37 runs. In the semi-finals against Australia, Sharma made a small cameo at the end of the innings and scored 8* off 5 balls as India won by 15 runs.
In the finals, Rohit made another late cameo and made a crucial contribution of 30* from 15 balls. India won the final by 5 runs. In 2007, Sharma was used predominately as a middle-order batsman coming at number 7 or 8.
However, under MS Dhoni’s captainship, he has promoted up the order to open the innings. This change affected not only his T20 career but ODI career as well.
Today Sharma has played 28 ICC T20 World Championship matches. He has scored 673 runs at an average of 24.03 runs and a strike rate of 109.95 runs. His high score of 79* came during the 2009-10 edition against Australia.
Overall, Rohit Sharma’s statistics speak up for his T20 career. In 111 matches, Rohit Sharma has scored 2864 runs.
Sharma shares the honour with his fellow teammate and captain Virat Kohli. While their race to the top spot will be the talk of the town, Rohit can be relieved with the fact that he is the only player to hit four T20 international centuries while also leading the list of the batsmen with most sixes in T20.
Indian Premier League Career
Rohit Sharma is the most successful captain in the Indian Premier League. He has won the IPL trophy five times, four times as the captain of the Mumbai Indians.
Sharma’s IPL campaign started with the Deccan Chargers. He was the vice-captain and a key member of the DC squad which won the coveted trophy in its second season.
In 2011, Sharma was purchased by the Mumbai Indians for Rs 20 Lakhs. However, his contribution to the Ambani-owned franchise has been invaluable.
Sharma was given the captainship of the franchise and led the MI to glory. In 2015, he led Mumbai Indians to win the IPL title by beating Chennai Super Kings with a margin of 41 runs in the final.
In 2017, the Mumbai Indians finished at the top of the table and also went on to win the final under his captaincy. Rohit Sharma and Co. became the most successful side in the IPL when they won it for the fourth time in 2019.
With the bat, Sharma leads from the front as an example. He has played 188 IPL matches, scoring 4898 runs at an average of 31.60 and a strike rate of 130.82. He has hit 36 half-centuries and a sole century.
Rohit Sharma Stats
Rohit Sharma Records
- Sharma holds the highest individual score of 264 in the ODIs.
- Rohit Sharma has scored 29 centuries in ODIs. Only two Indians ahead of him are Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli.
- He is the only batsmen to score 5 centuries in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.
- Rohit holds the unique record of scoring a century with a six in all three formats.
- Sharma has hit the highest number of fours (33) in an ODI match.
- He has broken the record of most runs from fours and sixes in an ODI. He has scored 186 runs via boundaries. Earlier this record was held by Shane Watson.
- Rohit holds the second-highest number of sixes in an ODI- 16.
- Sharma is the only player to score 8, 150 plus scores in ODI.
- He is the second-fastest opener in the world as well as the fastest Indian opener to reach 4,000 ODI runs. He took 83 innings.
- Rohit Sharma is the second-fastest opener in the world as well as the fastest Indian opener to reach 5000 ODI runs. He took 102 innings.
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- Rohit is the 2nd player to hit 3 consecutive centuries in a World Cup.
- He, along with Sachin holds the records for most centuries in the World Cup- 6.
- Rohit is the only player to have scored 4 T20I centuries.
- Sharma has hit the most sixes in T20’s- 133.
- He is the 2nd Indian after Suresh Raina to have scored at least a century in all 3 international formats.
- Rohit Sharma is the only Indian to score a T20I century as a captain.
- He also holds the record for having the most number of half-centuries among openers in T20- 19.
- Rohit scored 2442 runs in International cricket in 2019. He went past Sanath Jayasuriya’s 2387 runs for Sri Lanka in 1997.
- He is the second player overall and first Indian to feature in 100 T20 internationals.
- Third Indian to score Two consecutive centuries in his first two test matches.
Rohit Sharma Centuries
The Hitman has scored 40 centuries in his international career for India. He ranks 15th on the list of batsmen with the most centuries.
Sharma’s favourite opponents to score centuries against are Australia. He has scored 7 centuries against the Aussies, followed by 6 against Sri Lanka.
Format wise, Sharma has scored 29 centuries for India in ODI. He ranks 4th overall and 3rd among Indians for most ODI centuries. In T20s, Rohit Sharma tops the list.
He is the first and only player to have scored 4 T20I centuries. Sharma also has 7 test centuries.
Rohit Sharma Double Centuries
Rohit Sharma has 4 double centuries. He is the first and only player to have 3 double centuries in ODI’s.
He has a double century in test cricket as well, which he achieved against South Africa in 2019. His first double hundred came against Australia in Bengaluru on 2 November 2013.
The following year, Sharma scored 264 runs against Sri Lanka in Kolkata on 13 November 2014. By doing so, Shama became the highest individual score in ODI.
His third double hundred came against Sri Lanka at Mohali on 13 December 2017. He scored 208* and became the first player with three double centuries.
Rohit Sharma Wife
Rohit Sharma is married to Ritika Sajdeh. She was born on 21 December 1987 to Bobby Sajdeh and Tina Sajdeh. Her brother Kunal Sajdeh works as a manager at IMG Reliance.
After completing her education, Ritika joined her cousin’s company- Cornerstone Sport and Entertainment as a sports manager.
Ritika met Rohit Sharma at a Reebok shoot in 2008. Her ‘Rakhi Brother’ Yuvraj Singh, had introduced them to each other. Sharma and Ritika started to date in 2009 after being friends for a while.
They dated for six years before Rohit proposed to her at the Borivali Sports Club where he began his career.
Rohit Sharma married Ritika on 13 December 2015 at a five-star hotel in suburban Bandra. Their wedding was blessed with visits from a number of cricket and bollywood stars.
After their marriage, Ritika manages her husband’s sports tours while also accompanying him at various matches.
After 3 years in wedlock, the couple gave birth to a baby girl on 30 December 2018 and named her Samaira.
Both Samaira and Ritika Sajdeh are seen encouraging Rohit from the stands in various matches for both India and Mumbai Indians.
Awards & Achievements
- CEAT Indian Cricketer of the Year (2016)
- Arjuna Award (2015)
- Dilip Sardesai Award for Best Indian cricketer of the Year (2012-13)
- BCCI Special Award for scoring a world record ODI score of 264 (2014)
- ICC ODI Team of the Year: 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018
- Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award: 2020
Rohit Sharma Net worth
Rohit Sharma is reported to be worth over $22 million (₹ 170 crores-2021). A major chunk of his salary is through his BCCI and IPL
According to the Forbes India Celebrity 100, Rohit Sharma’s earnings in 2020 were ₹ 54.29 crore. He ranks 11th among celebrities in India, 4th among Indian cricketers and 3rd among active cricketers.
Other than that, Sharma earns from endorsements. According to reports, Sharma endorses 22 brands. Indian brands Sharma endorses include CEAT, Relispray, Rasna, Dream 11, Aristocrat, Highlander and AMFI.
He also endorses various international brands including Hublot, Adidas, Sharp, Sports Kingdom, Proatar, Trusox and New Era.
Rohit Sharma Unknown Facts
- Sharma converses in four languages- English, Hindi, Marathi and Telugu.
- Rohit began his career as an off-spinner. However, after realising his batting potential, his coach Sidesh Lad turned him into a batsman.
- He used to bunk school days and go to meet his idol-Virender Sehwag.
- Rohit received a sports scholarship in the school for his cricketing abilities.
- Rohit Sharma is a vegetarian. However, he is very fond of eating eggs. In respect to his tradition, Sharma ensures he consumes egg only outside the home.
- Rohit Sharma had supported for People for Ethical Treatment of Animals’ (PETA) campaign against circuses in 2014.
- Rohit Sharma is a self-confessed football fan. He follows football giants Real Madrid CF.
- In 2019, Spanish League- La Liga named Rohit as the brand ambassador of the league in India.