Indian cricketer Rohit Sharma was born on 30 April 1987 in the city of Nagpur. This prolific run-scorer represents Mumbai and is the captain of Mumbai Indians in the IPL (Indian Premier League). His name can be found in books of records because he has scored 3 ODI double-hundreds. The ICC (International Cricket Council) declared him the ODI Cricketer of the Year in January 2020.
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Biography of Rohit Sharma: An Inspiring Story
Rohit is a member of the animal welfare groups WWF-India and PETA. He works with PETA to increase public awareness of the condition of homeless dogs and cats in India.
Rohit comes from a humble background, having grown up with his uncles and grandparents in Borivali, a suburb of Mumbai. He used to see his parents, who were staying in modest accommodation in Dombivli, only during weekends. Rohit’s talent was spotted by cricket coach Dinesh Lad who gave him the scholarship to train under his guidance at Swami Vivekanand International School which had excellent cricket facilities.
Needless to say, Rohit made the fullest possible use of the chance he had been given, mastering his skills for four years. At first, he did not show any outstanding results but Lad noticed that he could bat well. That is when Rohit became an opener of the school team. He lived up to his coach’s expectations, scoring his first century as an opening batsman.
Rohit’s excellent performances in first-class and List A matches made Indian national cricket selectors notice him. Having been picked for the India A team, Rohit scored a half-century in the match against New Zealand’s A team in 2006. The same year, he also smashed a double century during his first Ranji Trophy, playing against Gujarat. In Indian domestic cricket, Rohit played only for Mumbai and was made the team’s captain in 2013.
During the 2015 World Cup in Australia, Rohit played 8 matches and totaled 330 runs with a single century which he scored in an important quarter-final match against Bangladesh. He was the India team’s vice-captain during the 2019 World Cup in England. In India’s very first game in this tournament played against South Africa, Rohit managed to smash a century.
In total, he scored five centuries in that World Cup and made 648 runs to become the best run-scorer of the tournament. For his achievement, the ICC awarded him the Golden Bat.
The Future Cup match against Ireland held in 2007 in Belfast was Rohit’s debut in ODI. He showed excellent results during the Commonwealth Bank Series which took place in Australia in 2007 – 2008, scoring 235 at 33.57 with two fifties. One of them was a priceless 66 which helped India win the first final in Sydney. However, his poor performances afterwards led to him leaving the national team.
In 2009, Rohit made a comeback in the Tri-Nation Tournament in Bangladesh after he had shown great results during the Ranji Trophy. He scored his first ODI hundred in the match against Zimbabwe in 2010, following it up with another one scored in the tri-series game against Sri Lanka. Despite the promising performances, his poor run in South Africa led to him being removed from the 2011 ODI World Cup team.
After the ODI World Cup, Rohit returned to the Indian team for the 2011 West Indies tour, scoring two fifties in three matches. In 2012, Rohit performed disastrously totaling only 168 runs at a meager 12.92 average with just one fifty. However, the Indian skipper MS Dhoni was confident about Rohit’s abilities and made him an opener during the 2013 Champions Trophy in England along with the feisty Shikhar Dhawan. The duo hit it big and helped India win the tournament.
Being in great form, Rohit scored an unbeaten 141 in a match against Australia held in Jaipur in 2013. Then, he smashed 209 in just 158 deliveries in Bangalore, scoring record 16 sixes in that innings. In November 2014, he set an individual ODI world record with 264 off 173 balls scored in the match against Sri Lanka.
Kohli, the captain of the Indian team, didn’t participate in the December 2017 ODI series against Sri Lanka and Rohit took his place. He led the team to a 2-1 series victory. Continuing to succeed, Rohit scored 133, which was his 22nd ODI hundred, playing against Australia in Sydney in January 2019. However, it was done in vain as India lost the game. In March 2019, Rohit scored 8,000 runs in ODIs in his 200th innings. He had an excellent year and scored 1490 runs setting a record for the biggest amount of runs made in one-day internationals.
Rohit has had a stellar career in the Indian Premier League, proving to be a successful batsman and a great captain. In 2013, he became the skipper of Mumbai Indians and led the team to tournament victories four times. He has scored a total of 4,898 IPL runs which places him third on the list of top scorers after Kohli and Raina.
Rohit debuted in the IPL in 2008, joining the Hyderabad-based Deccan Chargers, and was paid $750,000 a year. His price rose to $2,000,000 in 2011 when Mumbai Indians bought him. Rohit’s only IPL hundred was scored in the 2012 match against Kolkata. With him being the captain, Mumbai won the IPL in 2019, 2017, 2015 and 2013 as well as the 2013 Champions League T20.
Without any shadow of a doubt, Rohit was the one playing a key role in India’s triumph in the 2007 T20 World in South Africa. He scored 50 off 40 against the hosts in the quarter-finals, leading India to a 37-run victory. In the final, he fired an unbeaten 30 off 16 balls as India defeated their arch-rivals Pakistan to carry the day.
In the 2015 T20I match against South Africa at Dharamshala, Rohit scored 106 and became the second Indian player to have scored hundreds in all 3 international cricket formats. In July 2018 in England, he reached 2,000 runs in T20Is, being the second Indian after Kohli to accomplish it. Worldwide, there are only three more players that have managed to achieve such result in T20Is: Shoaib Malik, Martin Guptill and Brendon McCullum. In late 2019, Rohit starred in his 100th T20I (versus Bangladesh), becoming the first Indian cricketer to achieve the feat.
In total, Rohit has scored 39 international hundreds, as of January 2020. Namely, there have been 29 in ODIs, 6 in test matches and 4 in T20Is. He ranks joint 18th in the rank of players with the most international hundreds.
Rohit made his Test debut in November 2013 in the game against the West Indies held in Kolkata. This was the farewell series of the Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar. Rohit smashed 177 which, after Shikhar Dhawan’s 187, was the second-highest debut score ever got by an Indian player. In the next match in Mumbai, Rohit scored an unbeaten 111.
Rohit was selected for India’s 2018 – 2019 Australian tour as his game fit the bouncy pitches of Australia perfectly well. In the first Test, he scored 37 and 1 with India winning the match. Unfortunately, he suffered an injury in that match which led to him missing the second game in Perth.
When Rohit recovered, he starred in the Melbourne Boxing Day Test and scored an unbeaten 63 which resulted in India’s total of 443/7. That time, his team won both the Test and the series. After this test, Rohit returned home for a very special reason: to be at his wife’s side for the birth of their daughter. In October 2019, in the match against South Africa, Rohit scored 2,000 test runs as well as his first test double hundred.
Speaking about the way Rohit plays, one can say he is a rather aggressive batter, although, at the same time, he does it with elegance and style. As a rule, he performs as an opener for India in ODIs and T20Is but plays in the middle order in tests. Legendary opener Sunil Gavaskar compares Rohit’s batting style and skills with those of Viv Richards and Virender Sehwag. In one of his articles, Sunny has mentioned that, like Viru, Rohit is hungry for big centuries and it is impossible to stop him once he gets going.
However, Rohit’s seemingly casual style can cause consternation, if he gets out attempting a big hit. Sunny suggests that if Rohit could transfer his limited-over exploits to Tests, he would become the world’s most destructive batter after Sehwag and Richards. Rohit bowls occasional off spin and is a skillful catcher in the slip region.
As mentioned earlier, Rohit is the world record holder for the best individual ODI score (264) which he achieved in the match against Sri Lanka played in Kolkata in 2014. He remains the only batsman to have scored three ODI double-hundreds. In T20Is, Rohit is the current record holder for most career hundreds and runs.
During the October 2019 Test played against South Africa, Rohit scored two hundreds in his first match as an opener, setting a record. Moreover, Rohit holds the world record for the biggest number of sixes scored in a Test series. In 2020, the Board of Control for Cricket in India nominated him for the Khel Ratna award, the highest honour for a sportsman in India.
- Rohit won the Arjuna Award in 2015;
- In 2019, he was named the ICC Player of the Year;
- He was among the award-winners of ICC ODI Team of the Year in 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2014.
During his career, Rohit has endorsed various Indian and international brands and companies, including Oppo mobiles, Adidas sports apparel and shoes, VIP Industries’ Aristocrat, Nasivion nose spray, Relentless energy drink, Nissan, Lay’s chips, Maggi, CEAT and Hublot.
The management of these brands is confirmed that Rohit is not only a talented batter but also an inspiring leader and a true role model to India’s youth. Rohit’s dependability, performance and dynamic personality are the reasons leading brands and companies gladly collaborate with him.
Rohit actively takes part in philanthropic actions and promotes different causes such as children’s well-being, health and animal welfare. He is particularly involved in animal protection and supports various organisations and programs that promote this cause. In 2015, Rohit joined PETA and supported sterilisation of homeless dogs and cats. He is of the opinion that sterilisation is vital as it helps to control the population of stray animals.
Also in 2015, together with Hollywood stars Salma Hayek and Matt LeBlanc Rohit joined a campaign against poaching in Kenya to save African wild animals, including the endangered northern white rhino. Rohit went to Kenya and Sudan to take part in the initiative and stated he was fascinated by northern white rhinoceros as well as sniffer dogs who help to catch the poachers.
In 2017, Rohit announced on social media platforms that he was endorsing an e-commerce company to sell mobile phone covers as well as other items with his name and no. 45 ODI jersey on them. He stated on Twitter that all revenue from the sales would be donated to an animal welfare charity of his choice.
Rohit had been dating his friend and manager Ritika Sajdeh for 6 years before he married her in 2015. They live in a luxurious apartment in Mumbai. The two were introduced by Rohit’s fellow player Yuvraj Singh in 2008 at a party.
As soon as Rohit started making money from cricket, he moved his parents to a new posh place in Borivali from their humble abode in Dombivli. He also provided his younger brother Vishal with some money, giving him a chance to study hotel management in the United States. Despite Rohit’s image of an aggressive cricketer, he is very shy off the field and opens up only to his closest friends.
Rohit has a net worth of about $19 million, having made a good living from his commercial endorsements, IPL contracts, match fees and BCCI contracts. He is a big fan of fancy cars and his own collection includes top brands, such as Porsche, Audi, BMW and Mercedes. Rohit is said to earn Rs 7 crore a year from his commercial sponsorships and endorsements.
Rohit is generally an easy-going player who does not usually get involved in controversies. However, there have been some.
In 2019, Rohit unfollowed Kohli on Twitter after an alleged misunderstanding he had with Kohli and his wife, actress Anushka Sharma. This raised a storm in social media.
During India’s 2014 – 2015 Australian tour, David Warner asked Rohit to speak English which was taken as an insult. Warner apologised later and the issue was solved.