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Rohit Sharma: The Hitman

Since his ODI debut back in 2007, Rohit Sharma has established himself as an integral part of the Indian national cricket team, especially in limited-overs cricket. He is popularly known as “The Hitman” for his superior batting skills and is the face of the Mumbai team.

With close to 14 years of international cricket experience behind him, the list of Rohit Sharma’s records is long and there are no signs of him retiring anytime soon. Long after he retires, he will always be known for his innings of 264 against Sri Lanka at Eden Gardens in 2014. His innings not only guaranteed a victory for India in that game but also earned him a place in cricket record books.

  • Personal Details
  • Current Rankings
  • Career Beginning
  • Career Summary
  • Captaincy Record
  • Bio
    • Early Years
    • Entry into International Cricket
    • Missing Out on the 2011 World Cup Squad
    • Change in Fortunes
    • Limited Success in Tests
    • White-ball Cricket Legend
  • Records and Achievements
    • International Cricket
    • League Cricket
  • FAQs

Personal Details

Name Rohit Sharma
Date of Birth 30th April 1987
Birthplace Nagpur
Height 5′8″
Playing Role Top-order batsman
Batting Style Right-handed batsman
Teams Played For India, Deccan, India A, India Blue, India Green, India Red, India Under-19s, Indian Board President's XI, Rest of India, West Zone, Team Mumbai

Current Rankings

Game Format Test ODI T20
ICC Ranking in Batting 7 3 14

Career Beginning

Test Debut vs. West Indies at Eden Gardens, 06 Nov. 2013
ODI Debut vs. Ireland at Dublin, 23 Jun. 2007
T20I Debut vs. England at Durban, 19 Sep. 2007
Indian T20 League Debut vs. Kolkata at Eden Gardens, 20 April 2008

Career Summary

Format M Inn Runs HS Avg SR 100 200 50 4s 6s CT
Test 38 64 2615 212 vs. SA 46.7 58.4 7 1 12 274 59 41
ODI 225 218 9143 264 vs. SL 49.16 88.84 29 3 43 821 244 78
T20I 111 103 2864 118 vs. SL 32.18 139 4 0 22 252 133 41
IT20L 200 195 5230 109 vs. Kolkata 31.32 130.6 1 0 39 458 213 89

Captaincy Record

Format Matches Won Lost Tie NR
ODI 10 8 2 0 0
T20I 19 15 4 0 0
IT20L 116 68 44 4 0

Rohit Sharma’s Bio

Early Years

Rohit Sharma was born on 30th April 1987 in Nagpur, Maharashtra, to Purnima Sharma and Gurunath Sharma, who worked as caretakers of a transport firm’s storehouse. He has a younger brother, named Vishal Sharma.

Rohit Sharma joined a cricket camp in 1999. The fee was paid by his uncle. His coach at the camp was Dinesh Lad, who asked him to change his school to Swami Vivekanand International School as that had better cricket facilities and Lad was a coach there. Sharma started as an off-spinner who could bat a bit before Lad noticed his batting ability and promoted him from the No. 8 position to open the innings. He excelled in the Harris and Giles Shield school cricket tournaments, scoring a century on debut as an opener.

Youth and Domestic Career

Rohit Sharma made his List A debut for the West Zone against the Central Zone in the Deodhar Trophy in March 2005. Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravindra Jadeja also made their debuts in the same match. It was Sharma's unbeaten innings of 142 off 123 balls against the North Zone in the same tournament that brought him into the limelight.

He made his first-class debut for India A against New Zealand A in July 2006. He scored 57 and 22 as India won the match by 3 wickets. He made his Ranji Trophy debut for Mumbai in the 2006–07 season and scored 205 off 267 balls against Gujarat. Mumbai went on to win the tournament, with Rohit scoring a half century (57) in the second innings of the final against Bengal. Rohit has spent his entire domestic first-class career at Mumbai. He made his highest career score of 309* in the Ranji Trophy against Gujarat in December 2009.

Entry into International Cricket

Sharma made his international debut in an ODI match against Ireland on 23rd June 2007. This was part of the 2007 Future Cup tournament, which also involved South Africa. He was at No. 7 in the batting order but did not get to bat as India won the game by 9 wickets. He was also included in the Indian squad for the 2007 ICC World T20 and made his mark by scoring an unbeaten 50 against hosts South Africa in the quarter-final. This enabled India to win the match by 37 runs and they eventually went on to defeat Pakistan in the final.

Sharma scored his maiden ODI half century (52) against Pakistan at Jaipur on 18th November 2007. Later, he was selected for the Indian ODI squad for the 2007–08 Commonwealth Bank Series in Australia. He scored 235 runs at an average of 33.57 with 2 fifties, including 66 in the first final at Sydney, where he partnered Sachin Tendulkar in a successful run chase. He joined the Indian T20 League in 2008 when he was signed by the Deccan franchise. He was also part of the title-winning Deccan franchise in 2009.

Missing Out on the 2011 World Cup

After the initial high, Rohit Sharma's ODI performance suffered a downturn and he lost his middle-order position to Suresh Raina. Later Virat Kohli took his position as a reserve batsman. In December 2009, following his triple century in the Ranji Trophy, he was recalled to the ODI team for a tri-nation tournament in Bangladesh.

Sharma scored his maiden ODI century (114) against Zimbabwe on 28th May 2010 and followed it up with another century in the next match of the tri-series against Sri Lanka on 30th May 2010 by scoring 101*. Later he had poor form in South Africa just before the 2011 World Cup and as a consequence, he was left out of India's squad for the tournament. Rohit Sharma had a disastrous loss of form in 2012 and scored only 168 runs in the whole calendar year at the very low average of 12.92 with just a single half century.

Change in Fortunes

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the Indian captain at that time, showed faith in Rohit and his career was revived in 2013. Dhoni decided to move him up the batting order to open the innings with Shikhar Dhawan in the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy. The pairing was a huge success and India won the competition defeating hosts England in the final.

Sharma's good form continued and later in the year he scored 141* against Australia at Jaipur. He followed that innings with 209 off 158 balls at Bangalore and established a then world record for the most number of sixes (16) in a one-day international innings. On 13th November 2014, while playing against Sri Lanka at Kolkata, Sharma broke the world record for the highest score in an ODI innings with a knock of 264 runs. He is the first player in ODI history to have scored three double hundreds.
In March 2015, Rohit Sharma made his first appearance in the Cricket World Cup and played in eight matches in the tournament in Australia. India reached the semi-finals, where they were defeated by Australia. Sharma scored 330 runs in the tournament including a score of 137 in the quarter-final against Bangladesh. On 2nd October 2015, during South Africa’s tour of India, Sharma scored 106 in the first T20I at Dharamshala. With that innings, he became the second Indian cricketer to have scored centuries in all three formats of international cricket. On 8th July 2018, he became the second Indian batsman, after Virat Kohli, to score 2,000 runs in T20I career and also became the first player to hit 4 T20I centuries. The year 2018 turned out to be a fruitful year for him in the Blue Jersey of India where he even successfully captained the country in the Asia Cup and the Nidahas Trophy.

Limited Success in Tests

Despite big success in limited-overs cricket, Rohit failed to get into the Test team, largely because of huge competition for places. He got injured in a practice session on the morning of the Test that he was supposed to make a debut in 2009. As fate would have it, Wriddhiman Saha took his place and Rohit had to wait for a long time until he eventually broke through in a match against the West Indies in 2013 in what was Tendulkar’s last international series. Rohit ended up having a whale of a time while batting, with hundreds in the first two innings that he played, as India registered innings victories in both the Tests.

With continued success in ODIs, he got a number of opportunities to establish himself in the Test team but never cemented his place due to inconsistent performance. He failed to score any century in Tests for the next 19 Tests in four years after the two hundreds he hit in his first two matches.
Sharma has been one of the most successful players in the Indian T20 League since 2013 as captain of Mumbai, who have won the tournament five times under his leadership in the years 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2020. He is currently one of five players who have scored 5,000 career runs in the competition. Sharma has 5230 runs with 1 century and 39 half centuries and is the fourth-highest run scorer after Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina and David Warner.

White-Ball Cricket Legend

Rohit Sharma further proved his mettle as a captain when he led Mumbai to their record fourth trophy in the 2019 season. With the bat, Rohit was unstoppable and emerged as the leading run scorer of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. He piled on 648 runs in nine innings and scored 5 centuries. He became the first batsman to score 5 centuries in one World Cup tournament and equalled Tendulkar's record for the most centuries in all World Cup matches. He won the ICC's Golden Bat award, becoming the third Indian player to do so.

After a dream World Cup, Rohit was selected for the Test squad, a format he's yet to fully master. Given the chance to open the innings, Rohit has started excelling in Test cricket too and has started performing consistently like everyone is used to seeing him do in ODIs and T20s.

Records and Achievements

As one of the best batsmen of the current generation, Rohit scores runs come quickly and in abundance. He looks very elegant and is arguably the best pull shot player on the Indian cricket Team. Every time he steps onto the pitch, it is a potential opportunity for him to set a new record.

International Cricket

Here are some of Pant’s biggest achievements in international cricket:

  • Rohit Sharma is the only player to have scored a double century on more than one occasion in ODIs. In fact, he has scored three double centuries. He has also scored the most number of T20I centuries (4).
  • He holds the record for being the fastest Indian opener to reach 5,000 ODI runs.
  • Rohit is the second Indian to score a century in all formats of cricket, after Suresh Raina.
  • His highest score in ODI cricket is a mind-boggling 264 runs, which is also the record for highest individual score in ODIs.
  • Sharma’s tally of ODI centuries currently stands at 29, the second-highest among all the current players. Most of these centuries have come against Australia (8) and Sri Lanka (6).
  • In the 2019 Cricket World Cup, he became the first batsman to score 5 centuries in one World Cup tournament. He scored 648 runs in the tournament to finish as the leading run scorer and won the ICC's Golden Bat award, becoming the third Indian player to do so. Sachin Tendulkar (1996, 2003) and Rahul Dravid (1999) are the other two Indian players to have won the award.
  • Rohit was ICC ODI Player of the Year in 2019.
  • Rohit has hit 244 sixes in his ODI career, the highest among all the current players and fourth-highest overall.
  • Rohit holds the world record for scoring the joint-fastest century off 35 balls in T20I.

League Cricket

An integral part of Team Mumbai, Rohit has proven himself to be a consistent performer in the Indian T20 League. Here are some of his biggest achievements in the league:

  • Rohit is one of the 5 players to have scored more than 5,000 runs in the Indian T20 League, sitting fourth on that list.
  • Rohit is one of the two players to have played 200 matches in the Indian T20 League. MS Dhoni is the other one.
  • Rohit has hit 213 sixes in the league, the fourth-highest on the list of players who have hit the most sixes.
  • Rohit has played for two teams, i.e. Deccan (2008-2010) and Mumbai (2011- present) in the league.
  • Rohit’s bond with Mumbai is a successful one as he has led the team to win the league on four occasions. He has also won the league with Deccan as a player in 2009.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Rohit Sharma’s mother tongue?

Telugu is his mother tongue as his mother hails from Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. and he can converse in that language despite living in Mumbai for majority of his life.

Where was Rohit Sharma born?

Rohit was born on 30th April 1987 in Bansod, Nagpur. When he was 1 and a half-years old, his family moved to Dombivali in Mumbai.

Who is Rohit Sharma’s favorite football player?

Rohit Sharma named 'Zinedine Zidane' as his favourite footballer while his favourite club is Real Madrid.

Why is Rohit Sharma called The Hitman?

Due to his explosive batting and ability to hit sixes at will, Rohit Sharma became a fan favourite and earned the nickname 'Hitman'.

What is the name of Rohit Sharma’s daughter?

Rohit Sharma married Ritika Sajdeh in 2015. Their first child Samaira was born on 30th December, 2018.

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