- Rohit Sharma Profile
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|Full name||Rohit Gurunath Sharma|
|Born||April 30, 1987, Bansod, Nagpur, Maharashtra|
|Batting style||Right Handed|
|Bowling style||Off break|
|ODI Debut||June 23, 2007 v Ireland at Civil Service Cricket Club, Stormont, Belfast|
Rohit Sharma is an Indian cricketer and is currently the Indian ODI and T20 teams’ vice-captain. He also serves as the captain of the IPL team Mumbai Indians. He has a number of records under his name. Rohit Sharma has scored 3 double-centuries in ODIs, in addition, to the centuries in T20 and Test formats too. Due to his hard-hitting ability, he is also famously known as ‘The Hitman.’ He gained recognition right from his early days. He started at a mere age of 20 and soon was getting praises for his mature and calm performance.
Born on April 30, 1987, in Nagpur, Maharashtra, in a family of limited means, he soon found his interest in cricket. He caught the eye of Dinesh Lad, a cricket coach, who supported him financially to get admission into Swami Vivekanand International School. He shone in the school cricket tournaments scoring a century.
Rohit Sharma oozes batting talent: malleable wrists, a knack to find the gaps, and the extra half a second when he plays his shots. However, for a player of his class, the first six years of his international career were frustrating for him, the team, and the spectators, as the odd delightful innings was followed and preceded by plenty of failures. It all came together finally in 2013 when Rohit was promoted to open the innings in ODIs. The move turned out to be a masterstroke, as Rohit found form in the Champions Trophy, and then went into overdrive in the ODI series against Australia, scoring two centuries, including 209, only the third double in ODI cricket. That led to a place in the Test team, and Rohit responded by scoring centuries in his first two Test innings, becoming the fifth batsman to do so. A year later, he became the first batsman to hit two ODI double-hundreds, in an innings where he smashed the record for the highest score with 264 off 173 against Sri Lanka at Eden Gardens.
For the first six years of his career, though, Rohit struggled to come up with the sort of numbers which would justify his talent. He first came to limelight when he exuded class at No. 3 in the Under-19 World Cup in Sri Lanka in 2006. He took that class with him when he played for India in their triumphant World Twenty20 campaign in 2007 and the CB Series in Australia in early 2008, scoring two fifties, including a vital 66 in the first final in Sydney. However that ability to look good at the crease didn’t translate into long innings in his first two first-class seasons for Mumbai. He kept making strides in the big league, though. He was bought for US$750,000 by the Deccan Chargers in the IPL and made 404 runs at 36.73 including four fifties.
The term ‘masterstroke’ has always been a bit of an enigma, historically being used in a vague, results-based manner. The move to promote Rohit Sharma to the top of the order has paid enough dividends for it to be termed a masterstroke – India had finally found a candidate for the opener’s spot, and Rohit seemed to have finally scripted a turnaround after almost 5 years in and out of the side. With enough time to play himself in as an opener, Rohit and Dhawan formed a formidable opening partnership, playing a substantial role in India’s unbeaten and successful Champions’ Trophy campaign in 2013. Still, the talented tag followed him around, and Rohit – at long last – started to live up to it. In a run-fest of an ODI series against Australia, Rohit scored 491 runs in 6 outings, culminating in a violent 209 in the deciding ODI in Bangalore, joining a crème de la crème list of ODI double-centurions that comprised of Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag.
With the retirements of stalwarts like Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman, a new crop of Test batsmen needed to be honed and opened up new avenues in the team. Rohit, at long last, earned the oh-so-desirable India Test cap against West Indies in the first Test at the Eden Gardens in his fabled ‘predecessor’s’ farewell series. Rohit wasn’t going to let this opportunity go begging and embraced the Test arena immediately, easing his way to a typically Rohit-esque 177 in his debut innings; vital innings in the context of the match, dragging the momentum India’s way. He reinforced his metaphorical statement to the selectors with an unbeaten 111 in the following Test, enchanting a tearful Wankhede in Sachin Tendulkar’s farewell Test match and taming the West Indian bowling attack. After an injury-break, Rohit, as if to make up for lost time, ripped apart a hapless Sri Lankan attack on his way to a jaw-dropping 264 – wait for it – in an ODI at the Eden Gardens, making thirteen runs more than the entire Lankan team managed.
Rohit was ruled out of cricket due to a finger injury but came back with a bang, hitting 264 against Sri Lanka. In 2015, he was the second highest run-scorer for India in the World Cup. Just when it looked he would cement his place in the Test side after a good short run, another finger injury sidelined him during the New Zealand series at home. Sharma missed most of India’s successful home season in 2016. He returned to cricket in 2017 and led Mumbai to their third title in 6 years, something he will be proud of for a long time. Runs in whites though are what still eludes him.
Awards & Achievements
- Rohit Sharma received a number of ‘Man of the Match’ and ‘Man of the Series’ awards.
- He was honored with ‘Arjuna Award’ in 2015.
- Rohit Sharma is the only individual to score 264 in ODIs.
- He is the only Indian who has centuries in all formats of cricket, other than Suresh Raina.
- On October 2, 2015, he became the second Indian cricketer, after Suresh Raina, to have scored centuries in all formats of the game with his 106 in the first T20I against South Africa at Dharamshala.
- He led the Mumbai Indians team to three IPL trophies. He has also taken a hat-trick in IPL and became the fifth player to do so.