Rohit Sharma Biography
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 made his debut in the ODI format against Ireland in 2007. Later that year, he drove India to victory against South Africa and earned the ‘Man of the Match’ award for being unbeaten at 50 off 40 balls.
He also got selected for Australia’s Commonwealth Bank Series 2007–08, where he scored 2 more centuries. However, he went through a rough patch in career shortly after, where a series of continued bad performances landed him in team’s middle-order position. Later on, he was even dropped from the playing 11 of the team in India’s Bangladesh tour in 2009.
Due to his poor form, he was not considered for the 2011 Word Cup as well. However, he revived from his bad form in 2011 match against West Indies, securing ‘Man of the Series’ award. His 2 half-centuries and a phenomenal 86 off 91 balls when India was struggling at 92-6 again raised his ranks.
Rohit Sharma made his test debut in November 2013 and scored impressive 2 back to back centuries. Rohit Sharma is now the third Indian batsman to achieve this after Sourav Ganguly and Mohammad Azharuddin. In 2014, his career took another upswing when he broke a series of ODI records against Sri Lanka, scoring 264. This was the first instance of 2 double hundreds and ODI’s first 250.
Due to his brilliant performance, he was bought for US $2 million in IPL 2011 season by the Mumbai Indians team. Under his captaincy, the team won in the season of 2013, 15 and 17. In 2017, he captained the team in Sri Lanka series in the absence of the skipper Virat Kohli. A win of 2-1 in ODI and 3-0 in T20 series was famously registered.
Awards & Achievements
Rohit Sharma received a number of ‘Man of the Match’ and ‘Man of the Series’ awards.
Rohit Sharma was honoured with ‘Arjuna Award’ in 2015.
He 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.