Rohit Sharma character
Rohit Sharma is undoubtedly the cleanest hitter of the cricket ball you will ever see. Nothing beats hitting the ball on ‘Hitman’ covers. Rohit Sharma is the current vice-captain of the Indian cricket team in limited overs.
Once hailed as a ‘brilliant’ youngster and later mocked by critics for his inconsistency, and now a key player in Indian batting, the Mumbaikar’s journey is nothing short of a movie right now.
Rohit is also the captain of IPL team Mumbai Indians. Sharma currently holds the record for the highest individual score in ODI cricket. He scored a record 264 off 173 balls against Sri Lanka on 13 November 2014. Rohit is the only player to score two double centuries in ODIs. He is the only person to score 250+ runs in an ODI innings.
Rohit Sharma’s family
- Rohit was born on 30 April 1987 in Maharashtra.
- He was born to Gurunath Sharma and Purnima Sharma.
- He speaks fluent Telugu.
- Rohit’s father was a caretaker of a transport firm storehouse.
- Rohit Sharma’s mother is from Visakhapatnam.
- He lived with his grandparents and uncle in Borivali (Mumbai).
Rohit Sharma wife
- Rohit Sharma is married to Ritika Sajdeh. She was born on December 21, 1987 to Bobby Sajdeh and Tina Sajdeh.
- Her brother Kunal Sajdeh works as a manager at IMG Reliance.
- After completing her education, Ritika joined her cousin’s company – Cornerstone Sport and Entertainment as a sports manager.
- Ritika met Rohit Sharma at a Reebok shoot in 2008. They were introduced to each other by her ‘Rakhi Brother’ Yuvraj Singh.
- Sharma and Ritika started dating in 2009 after dating for a while.
- They dated for six years before Rohit proposed to her at Borivali Sports Club, where he started his career.
- Rohit Sharma married Ritika on 13 December 2015 at a five-star hotel in suburban Bandra. Their wedding was attended by many cricket and Bollywood stars.
- After their marriage, Ritika manages her husband’s sports tours and accompanies him to various matches.
- After 3 years of marriage, the couple gave birth to a daughter on 30th December 2018 and named her Samaira .
- Both Samaira and Ritika Sajdeh are seen cheering Rohit from the stands during various India and Mumbai Indians matches.
Rohit Sharma’s Cricket Journey
- In the early days of his career, Rohit was coached by Dinesh Lad at Swami Vivekananda International School, Mumbai. He taught Rohit without any coaching fee.
- It is surprising that Rohit was an off-spinner before becoming an opening batsman .
- But coach Dinesh Lad noticed his batting ability and encouraged him to open the innings. Rohit performed well in the Harris and Gilles Shield school cricket tournament and scored a century on his debut as an opener.
- Much later, he bowled 2 overs of off spin in the first Test against England in 2021.
- In March 2005, Rohit made his List A debut for Central Zone against Western Division in the Deodhar Trophy.
- In the same tournament, Sharma scored an unbeaten knock of 142 off 123 balls against North Division at Udaipur. This gave Sharma an opportunity to represent India A against Australia in Abu Dhabi.
- Sharma was also named in the 30-man list for the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy, but failed to make the squad.
- Sharma made his debut for New Zealand A against India A in a first-class match at Darwin in July 2006.
- A few months later, Rohit made his Ranji Trophy cricket debut for Mumbai in the 2006–07 season and was a part of the victorious Mumbai team.
- Sharma has been a part of Mumbai’s Ranji team throughout his domestic career.
- After the retirement of Ajit Agarkar, Rohit was appointed as the team captain ahead of Mumbai for the 2013–14 season.
- Rohit Sharma is the most successful captain in the Indian Premier League. He has won the IPL trophy five times as the captain of Mumbai Indians.
- Sharma’s IPL campaign started with Deccan Chargers. He was the vice-captain and key member of the DC team that won the prestigious trophy in his second season.
- In 2011, Sharma was bought by Mumbai Indians for Rs 20 lakh. However, his contribution to the Ambani-owned franchise is invaluable.
- Sharma was given the franchise captaincy and led MI to glory.
- In 2015, he led Mumbai Indians to the IPL title by defeating Chennai Super Kings by 41 runs in the final.
- In 2017, Mumbai Indians topped the points table and won the final under his leadership.
- Winning the IPL for the fifth time in 2020, Rohit Sharma and co became the most successful team in the IPL.
- Rohit Sharma leads Mumbai Indians in IPL 2021 which will be played from 9th April 2021.
- With batting, Sharma leads by example. He has played 201 IPL matches and has scored 5249 runs at an average of 31.24 and a strike rate of 130.6. He has scored 39 fifties and only one century.
Watch IPL 2015 Final: 26-ball 50 vs CSK
International career of Rohit Sharma
- Rohit Sharma got his ODI debut on 23 June 2007 against Ireland. Although he did not come to bat, India won the match by 8 wickets.
- This time Rohit Sharma used to bat in the middle order. When he finally got a chance to bat against South Africa, Sharma did not fare well as he was dismissed for 8 runs.
- Sharma scored his first half-century against Pakistan in November 2007, followed by 39* against Australia and 70* against Sri Lanka in February 2008.
- He made a comeback to the ODI team in 2010 after scoring a triple century in Ranji in 2009.
- Sharma rose to the occasion as he scored his maiden ODI century (114) against Zimbabwe followed by his second century (101*) against Sri Lanka.
Rohit Sharma as ODI captain
- On 8 December 2021, the BCCI appointed Rohit Sharma as the captain of the Indian white-ball cricket team after Virat Kohli stepped down from the T20I captaincy.
- Rohit Sharma is expected to lead the team in the 3-match ODI series during India’s tour of South Africa 2021-22 but since Rohit Sharma has been ruled out of the South Africa tour due to injury, KL Rahul has been appointed as India’s ODI captain.
- On 6 February 2022, Rohit Sharma led the Indian cricket team for the first time as full-time captain in the India vs West Indies 1st ODI match at Ahmedabad. Notably, this is India’s 1000th ODI match.
2011 World Cup exit
- However, Sharma could not show consistent performances which led to his exit from the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup.
- After the WC, Sharma’s career was revived when MS Dhoni recalled him and promoted him as an opener in the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy. After that, Rohit Sharma never looked back.
- Sharma scored 177 runs in 5 innings at 35.40 with two fifties as India won their second Champions Trophy.
- The following year, Rohit scored 264 against Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens, surpassing Virender Sehwag’s 219 to become the highest run-scorer in ODIs. This record still stands, as no one has been able to surpass it.
- Until the 2015 ICC World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, Rohit Sharma and Shikar Dhawan were the Blue’s newest openers. Both of them have opened for India in 105 innings and have scored 4708 runs at an average of 45.26.
- A personal highest opening partnership of 210 runs was achieved against Pakistan in the Asia Cup 2018.
- In 2017, Rohit Sharma was named the Indian captain for the first time in his career. Under his leadership, India won the ODI series 2-1.
- After resting Virat Kohli after the England tour, he led India again in the 2018 Asia Cup. India won the tournament by defeating Bangladesh in the final.
Rohit Sharma in World Cup 2019
- India were favorites to win the 2019 Cricket World Cup, largely because of their top-order batting powerhouse.
- Sharma scored a century in the first match against South Africa.
- He scored a half-century in the second match against Australia and then scored 140 runs against arch-rivals Pakistan.
- Sharma played a key role as India went unbeaten in the first five matches of the World Cup. He scored 102 runs in the 6th match against England and ended India’s unbeaten record.
- Rohit scored two more centuries in the last two group stage matches against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to take India to the top spot.
- Rohit scored the highest 648 runs in the tournament.
- He scored 5 centuries and 2 fifties and is the only player to do so in a single World Cup.
- The hitman finished 2019 as the highest run-scorer in ODIs. He scored 1490 runs in 27 innings at an average of 57.30 and a strike rate of 89.92.
- Sharma has played 227 ODIs in his ODI career and has scored 9,205 runs at an average of 48.96 and a strike rate of 88.9. Sharma has 29 centuries and 43 fifties including 3 double centuries.
- Rohit was never considered a Test cricketer. Rohit made his Test debut in November 2013.
- This was the series when Sachin Tendulkar retired. Sharma made his Test debut at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. He scored 177 runs in his debut match.
- This was the second best score on debut by Indian batsman Shikhar Dhawan’s 187 runs.
- He scored another century in the very next match.
- However, due to inconsistency in performance, Sharma was dropped from the Test team. Sharma was later selected for the 2018-19 tour of Australia.
- He became part of the first Indian team to win a Test series against Australia on Australian soil.
- Rohit Sharma has played 43 Test matches in which he has scored 3047 runs at an average of 46.88. He has scored one double century, 8 centuries and 14 fifties.
- His highest score was 212 against South Africa in October 2019.
- After this innings, David Warner said, I believe only Rohit Sharma can break Brian Lara’s record of 400*.
- Rohit Sharma scored his maiden century outside India against England on 4 September 2021, his 8th Test century overall.