Rohit Sharma Biography – The Hitman Of India

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Touted as an extra-ordinarily talented player, Rohit aka ‘HITMAN’ Sharma is looked at by experts as a batting mainstay of Team India in the near future. Rohit Sharma is a name that needs no introductions in world cricket.

From being a regular opening batsman for the Indian cricket team to shattering some international batting records or being a part time captain, Rohit Sharma has been part of everything.

This 31-year-old from Nagpur, who once was not fortunate enough to be raised by his parents on account of his passion for the sport and the family’s poverty, is now one of the top 100 celebrities of India, in terms of income, fame, and success.

Rohit Sharma Biography

Rohit was born in Bansod, Nagpur on 30th of April in 1987. His father, Gurunath Sharma worked as a caretaker in a transportation firm, and his mother, Purmina Sharma was a housewife. Rohit also has an elder brother named Vishal.

Rohit Sharma with his parents
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Rohit had to live with his grandparents and his uncle in Borivali due to his father’s low income. In the year 1999 Rohit joined a cricket camp with the money given by his uncle. His coach at the camp was Dinesh Lad.

Rohit started as an off spinner bowler who used to bat at 8 or 9th position. His coach saw a spark in him and insisted to join the Swami Vivekanad International School, where Lad was the coach.

As Rohit’s financial conditions were not good to afford an international school so he decided not to go, but Lad got him a scholarship and Rohit didn’t had to pay even a penny to the school.

Soon after, Rohit was made to open in the Harris and Giles Shield school cricket tournament and he grabbed the opportunity and scored a century on his debut.

Rohit Sharma’s childhood coach Shri Dinesh Lad
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Rohit Sharma Biography Of Career

Soon in the year 2005 Rohit entered domestic circuit and played well. There he also scored 142 runs in a match that put him underneath the limelight.

Soon he got to play the first class cricket against New-Zealand in 2006 and also played for Maharashtra in Ranji matches where he performed very well.

Rohit Sharma playing in Ranji Trophy
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In 2007 he got the opportunity to play an international match against Ireland, but he didn’t bat and practically he didn’t debut. But he soon got the chance to play against South Africa where he scored a half century in the T20I world cup, and was crowned the man of the match.

After that he played in Commonwealth Bank series in Australia where he scored 235 runs at an average of 33.57 with 2 fifties including his score of 66 in the 1st final at Sydney partnering Sachin Tendulkar.

Rohit Sharma batting with Sachin Tendulkar in his early years
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But in 2008, players like Suresh Raina and Virat Kohli fixed their spot in the team and Rohit didn’t get a chance to play. In mid 2010 he was selected for a series against Zimbabwe and scored his maiden century followed by another great tri series.

But he failed to perform in the series against South Africa and as a result of which he lost his opportunity to be in the squad for the world cup team in 2011.

He again came into the limelight in IPL, when he got an opportunity to lead the Mumbai team, he won the debut title as a captain and till now he had helped the team to win 3 seasons (2013,2015,2017) out of the 5 which he had captained, which is a record in itself.

Rohit Sharma receiving IPL trophy as Mumbai Indians captain
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In 2013 Champions Trophy he was promoted to open and this later became the life changing decision for him and since then he never looked back. He formed a formidable opening pair with Shikhar Dhawan which helped India win the Champions Trophy and Tri-nation series in the West Indies.

His good form continued in the home series against Australia where he scored a 141 not out in Jaipur and 209 runs off 158 balls, in Bangalore and with 16 sixes, he broke the world record for most sixes hit in an ODI innings.

Rohit Sharma in ICC Champions Trophy 2013
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Rohit Sharma with opening partner Shikhar Dhawan
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Rohit Sharma Century

Earlier that year he was about to get his first test cap, but he was injured on the morning of the match and as a result Wriddhiman Saha got an opportunity to debut and henceforth Rohit debuted in the series where Sachin retired i.e against West Indies in 2013

There he scored a 177 which was the second-best score on debut by an Indian behind Shikhar Dhawan. Sharma became one of the few Indian players to have scored a century on their Test debut.

He followed it up with a 111 not out at his home ground at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai becoming the third Indian cricketer to score back-to-back centuries in the first two tests—a feat which was achieved by Sourav Ganguly in 1996 in England and Mohammad Azharuddin in 1984, who scored centuries in his first three tests.

Rohit Sharma in Test cricket
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However in the following years his inconsistencies in test format failed him to secure a permanent spot in the regular test squad till date.

In 2014, he became the first person to score more than 250 runs in One-Day international cricket. He scored 264 against Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata.

Rohit Sharma after scoring 264
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With this innings, he became the first player to score two double hundreds in ODIs. His innings of 264 is the highest score by a batsman in an ODI, surpassing 219 by Virender Sehwag.

On 2 October 2015, in South Africa’s tour of India, Sharma scored 106 in the first T20I at HPCA Stadium, Dharamshala. With that, he became the second Indian cricketer to have scored centuries in all formats of the game.

Rohit Sharma Wife

He married Ritika Sajdeh on 13 December, 2015 after being in a relationship for six years. In the same year Rohit was been awarded Arjuna Award for his excellence in the Cricket. A really lucky year for Rohit indeed.

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Rohit Sharma Record

In the 2015–16 tour of Australia, he scored two consecutive hundreds in the ODI series and a 99 in the final game. Having scored 441 runs in five games, he was the top-scorer and was named the Man-of-the-Series.

On 13 December 2017 in Mohali, Rohit Sharma hit his third double century of 208 runs, not out, as the captain. This was also special to him because he achieved it on his wedding anniversary.

Rohit Sharma gifting century to wife on wedding anniversary
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So far Rohit has always hit a century on Ritika’s birthday on their anniversary and on Valentine’s day. Earlier that year On 8 July 2018, during the T20I series against England Rohit Sharma became only the second batsman and first Indian to reach 3 T20I centuries after Colin Munro and also equalled the record of Munro for scoring most number of tons in T20I matches.

After achieving his third T20I century, he too created a unique record for becoming the only batsman to have scored 3 ODI double centuries and 3 T20I centuries. He also became the first batsman to score 3 centuries each in all three forms of international cricket.

Rohit Sharma all three double century celebrations
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Rohit Sharma also equalled the record of Virat Kohli for recording most number of scores in excess of 50 in T20Is. Rohit Sharma also became the fifth overall and second Indian batsman to cross 2000 runs in T20I cricket. He also became the joint second fastest batsman along with Brendon McCullum to reach 2000 T20I runs in terms of number of balls faced.

In December 2017, India captain Virat Kohli was rested for the ODIs and T20I against Sri Lanka, in preparation for India’s tour to South Africa, which began in the first week of January 2018. As a result, Rohit was named the Indian captain for the first time in his career.

India won the ODI series 2–1, their eighth consecutive series win since beating Zimbabwe in June 2016. India won the T20I series 3–0. Rohit Sharma was selected to lead India for the Nidahas Trophy in March 2018 as Virat Kohli was resting.

Rohit Sharma with Nidahas Trophy
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Rohit Sharma again lead India in the 2018 Asia Cup after Virat Kohli was rested after a rigorous tour of England. India won the tournament after wining the final against Bangladesh.

Rohit Sharma with Asia Cup
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Currently he is holding too many records including highest individual score in ODI(264), only man to score 150+ score in ODIs seven times breaking David Warner’s and Sachin Tendulkar’s record.

On 1 November 2018, he hit his 200th six in ODIs, becoming the quickest to achieve this feat in terms of number of innings (187), 4 hundred in T20I, becoming the first man to do so surpassing Colin Munro and many more….

Rohit Sharma is India’s one of biggest weapons in World Cup 2019
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With his current form he is considered one of the best weapons for India in upcoming 2019 ICC World Cup in England. From rags to riches Rohit Sharma’s journey is truly inspirational.

From being someone who could not afford to get decent training to becoming one of the most valuable batsman the Indian team possesses, Rohit Sharma’s sense of determination and his love for the sport in unparalleled, making him quite an inspiration for the cricketing faithful in the country.

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