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Rohit Sharma Biography: Nobody Hits It As Clean As ‘Hitman’ Does

Rohit Sharma – The current Vice Captain of the Indian Cricket team in the limited overs is undoubtedly the cleanest hitter of a cricket ball you will ever see. Watching his clean hits is the most pleasing sight for any cricket fan.

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 Sharma Biography:

About Athlete
Full Name
Rohit Gurunath Sharma
Age
31 years
Sport Category
Cricket
Date of Birth
30 April 1987
Hometown
Mumbai (Born: Nagpur)
Height
5 ft 10 inch
Spouse
Ritika Sajdeh
ODI Debut
23 June 2007 Vs Ireland
Test Debut
6 November 2013 Vs West Indies
ICC Rankings
ODI - 2nd, T20I - 7th

 

Early Life 

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.

Domestic Career 

 

Rohit Sharma made his List A debut for West Zone against Central Zone in the Deodhar Trophy in March 2005 at Gwalior. In the same tournament, he scored a brilliant 142* in 123 balls and caught all the eyeballs against North Zone at Udaipur.

He performed for the India A in Abu Dhabi and Australia which lead him for the selection for the 30 member probables list for the Champions Trophy, although he did not make the final squad.

He made his First-class debut for India A against New Zealand A at Darwin in July 2006. He made his Ranji Trophy debut for his First-class side Mumbai in the 2006/2007 season. Though he was unable to contribute much in the initial matches, he scored a brilliant knock of 205 off 267 balls in the match against Gujarat. The Hitman scored another half-century in the final against Bengal and Mumbai won the tournament.

Also Read: Checkout the Motivational Workout Routine of Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma’s International Career

 

The right handed batsman was selected in the Indian cricket team for the first time in India’s tour to Ireland in 2007. He made his debut at Belfast but did not get to bat. In the next game against South Africa were made only eight runs.

He made his T20I debut against England at Durban during the 2007 ICC World T20 but again did not get to bat. He was included at the last minute in the game against South Africa as Yuvraj Singh was injured and made the opportunity count with an unbeaten 50. He was named Man of the Match. In the finals against the arch-rivals Pakistan, he scored the most valuable 30 off 16 balls, batting at number 6. Eventually, India won the World Cup by mere 5 runs.

He made an impression in the CB series Down Under, playing some crucial cameos against stalwarts like Brett Lee and Stuart Clark, and a more-than-competent Sri Lankan attack.

Rohit ’s knock of 66 he made during the first final of the 2008 Commonwealth Bank Series against Australia when he stitched a 123-run partnership with Sachin Tendulkar to win the game for India, was brilliant given the course of the game.

However, his performance dropped and he was also subsequently dropped from the side. Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli grabbed the opportunities that came their way. They even played the 2011 World Cup that India won, where Sharma wasn’t even in the squad.

A Second Chance

With the fading away of Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir, captain MS Dhoni needed an opener and the street smart genius that he is, tried Sharma and since then it has been no looking back for the right-hander. He and Shikhar Dhawan formed a formidable opening pair for India in the limited overs set-up probably even better than their predecessors, say the statistics.

In November 2013, he was awarded the Test cap against West Indies. He scored back to back centuries, one at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata and the other at Wankhede stadium in Mumbai.

Rohit Sharma in Test cricket

His ODI and T20I career might have skyrocketed but his Test career has always been a crash landing. He is never India’s first choice batsman. Ajinkya Rahane always remains India’s first choice number five and rightly so. Sharma’s inability to play in foreign conditions with the red cherry has always been a doubt but there is no questioning him in the limited overs setup, he is the genius at that and records speak for itself.

Rohit Sharma Stats & Records

 

Competition Test ODI T20I T20
Matches 27 201 93 298
Runs Scored 1587 7808 2326 7790
Batting Average 39.62 47.90 32.90 32.49
100s 3 22 4 6
50s 10 39 16 52
Top Score 177 264 118 118
Wickets 2 8 1 29
Bowling Average 101.00 64.37 113.00 28.17
Best Bowling 1/26 2/27 1/22 4/6
Catches 25 73 35 120

 

Personal Life

Rohit Sharma married his childhood friend Ritika Sajdeh on 13 December 2015. He proposed her at the Borivali Sports Club where he began his career.

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If music be the food of love, I would say PLAY ONN ? ❤️

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I can see my today, tomorrow and future in those eyes ? ?

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In December of 2018, the couple were blessed with a baby girl whom they named Samaira.

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Baby Samaira ❤️

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This is special, so good to be back ❤️

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Rohit Sharma in Indian Premier League

After MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma is the most successful captain in the Indian Premier League. Looking back at his career, Rohit Sharma would have the Indian Premier League to thank for keeping him in the reckoning and not being discarded liked several other young and talented cricketers.

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Inspirational. Impelling. Irreplaceable. Many happy returns to the greatest @sachintendulkar wish you a great day

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He started with the Deccan Chargers and in 2011 was transferred to the Mumbai Indians. Under his captaincy, in 2013 Mumbai won their maiden championship. In 2015, he led Mumbai Indians to win the IPL title yet again by beating Chennai Super Kings with a margin of 41 runs in the final.

He also won the Man of The Match award 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.

Records and Achievements

 

  • On 13 November 2014, Sharma became the highest individual ODI scorer with 264 runs against Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata. He, on that day, also became the only player to hit more than one double centuries in ODI cricket match. He has 3 double centuries in ODIs.
  • On 12 January 2016, Sharma scored 171* against Australia in a one-day international between India and Australia at Perth. This is the highest score by a visiting batsman against Australia in Australia. The previous top score against Australia in Australia was Viv Richards’ 153 not out at the MCG in 1979–80.
  • Rohit Sharma is the only man to score 150+ score in ODIs seven times breaking David Warner’s and Sachin Tendulkar’s record.
  • Rohit Sharma is the only Indian Batsman who has outscored the opposition at two different occasions in a completed ODI match.
  • On 6 November 2018, he became the first batsman to score 4 centuries in T20I’S with his knock of 111 off 61 balls.
  • He also holds the record for having the most number of 50+ scores in T20Is. In November 2018, he became the leading run scorer in T20Is for India surpassing Virat Kohli.
  • With 66 sixes, Sharma hit the most number of sixes in a year (2017).
  • Rohit Sharma is the fastest Indian and second fastest in the world to hit 300 international sixes.

Awards

  • 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

Rohit Sharma Net worth

In 2015, Forbes had ranked him as the 46th richest Indian celebrity. Presently, Rohit stands among the top 10 richest Indian cricketers. Reportedly, Rohit Sharma’s is paid an annual salary of Rs. 11.5 crores. The major source of income for Rohit Sharma is the salary that he receives from the BCCI.

Other than that, he makes 10 crores from endorsements. In a career spanning 11 years, he has endorsed everything from Fair and Lovely, Maggi, Lays to Adidas, Nisan and Oppo. The tire company CEAT alone pays him 3 Crore every year to put a sticker onto his bat.

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It doesn’t come as a surprise that Rohit Sharma’s net worth, as of 2017, is $18.6 million and according to industry estimates, his net worth is likely to grow by approximately 38%.

Social Media

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Team Kreedon wishes Rohit Sharma a brilliant World Cup. May he be the knight in the shining armour for the Virat Kohli led side. May he create more milestones as it has just begun!

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Gaurav Kadam
Gaurav Kadam is a young sportswriter and journalist who is a huge cricket enthusiast. He is a bibliophile and a movie and American TV series buff, who is completely addicted to Netflix. Gaurav is liberal in thoughts and agnostic in deeds.

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