Sharma in 2012
|Full name||Rohit Gurunath Sharma|
30 April 1987 |
Nagpur, Maharashtra, India
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Bowling style||Right-arm off break|
|Test debut (cap 278)||6 November 2013 v West Indies|
|Last Test||18 December 2013 v South Africa|
|ODI debut (cap 168)||23 June 2007 v Ireland|
|Last ODI||11 December 2013 v South Africa|
|T20I debut (cap 17)||19 Sep 2007 v England|
|Last T20I||10 October 2013 v Australia|
|Domestic team information|
|Source: Cricinfo, 19 December 2013|
Rohit Gurunath Sharma (born 30 April 1987) is an Indian international cricketer. He is a right-handed batsman and an occasional right-arm off break bowler (has hat-trick in Indian Premier League), who plays for Mumbai in domestic cricket. He is the captain of Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League. Having started his international career at the age of 20, Sharma quickly came to be pegged by many analysts as a permanent fixture in the Indian cricket team in the next decade. In 2013, he started playing as an opening batsman for the Indian ODI team, and performed consistently. He is currently the second highest scorer in an ODI innings with 209. On his Test debut, he scored a century against the West Indies in November 2013 at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata and then scored 111 in his next test match making it two consecutive test centuries. He is the world's 2nd highest run scorer in ODI's in 2013.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Playing career
- 3 Career Details
- 4 International centuries and half-centuries
- 5 Indian Premier League
- 6 Awards
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Rohit Sharma was born to Gurunath Sharma and Purnima Sharma. He completed his primary education at Our Lady of Vailankanni High School Borivali, Mumbai, then enrolled in the Swami Vivekanand International School Borivali on a scholarship, after his talent was noticed by the school's cricket coach Dinesh Lad at a summer camp. He excelled in the Giles and Harris Shield school cricket tournaments, after which he was selected for the Mumbai Under-20.
Rohit Sharma made his List A debut for West Zone against Central Zone in the Deodhar Trophy in March 2006;, at Gwalior. It was his unbeaten innings of 142 in 123 balls against North Zone at Udaipur in the same tournament, that brought him into the limelight. Performances for the India A sides in Abu Dhabi and Australia followed, leading to him being selected for the 30 member probables list for the Champions Trophy, although he did not make the final squad. This was before he had made his Ranji Trophy debut. He was also selected for the Challenger Trophy.
Sharma 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 205 off 267 balls in the match against Gujarat. Mumbai went on to win the tournament with Sharma scoring a half century in the final against Bengal.
In October 2013, upon the retirement of Ajit Agarkar, and owing to a successful captaincy stint in IPL for Mumbai Indians where he helped to win IPL as well as the Champions League T20, Sharma was appointed as the captain of the Mumbai Ranji team for the 2013-14 season.
Sharma is one of the debutant Indians who scored a century in his first Test match against West Indies at Kolkata on 7 November 2013. Sharma was first selected for the limited-overs matches on India's tour to Ireland in 2007. He made his One Day International debut against Ireland at Belfast, although he did not bat in the match.
Sharma eventually made his mark on the international stage on 20 September 2007, when he led India to victory by scoring an unbeaten 50 (which came off 40 deliveries) against South Africa in the 2007 ICC World Twenty20. The win reserved India a berth in the semifinals of the tournament. At one stage India were 61–4, but his partnership of 85 runs with skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni helped India to post a total of 153–5. He was eventually declared Man of the Match. Sharma then proceeded to score 30 runs off 16 balls in the final against Pakistan.
Sharma scored his maiden ODI half-century against Pakistan, at Jaipur on 18 November 2007 and was selected as part of India's 16-man squad for the CB series in Australia. Here, 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 for most of India's successful run chase.
In December 2009, Sharma scored a triple century in the Ranji Trophy and was recalled to the ODI team for the tri-nations tournament in Bangladesh as Tendulkar opted to rest in the series. However, Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina were selected ahead of him in the playing eleven, and he did not play in any of India's five matches. He scored his maiden ODI century (114) against Zimbabwe on 28 May 2010. He followed it up with another century in the next match of the tri-series against Sri Lanka on 30 May 2010 by scoring 101 not out.
He was selected for the West Indies tour of 2011 after the IPL in a squad where senior batsmen such as Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and skipper MS Dhoni were rested, and Yuvraj Singh, Gautam Gambhir were out to injuries. The side was captained by Suresh Raina with Harbhajan Singh as his deputy. He contributed 26 of 23 balls (2 sixes) in the only T20I at Queen's Park Oval and strung a 71-run partnership with Subramaniam Badrinath leading to an Indian victory.
In the ODI series that followed, he carried on with his good form. The first ODI was also played at Queen's Park Oval. Rohit was elected man of the match for his 68 not out of 75 balls (3 fours, 1 six). In the third ODI played at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua; Sharma scored a matching-winning 86 of 91 balls. Rohit along with Harbhajan Singh got India out of trouble to win the match after they were reduced to 92 for 6. He was widely appraised for his calm and matured performance. Sharma won his first Man of the Series award for excellent batting performance throughout the ODI series. His good form continued as he bagged another Man of the series award against West Indies again but this time on Indian soil.
In 2013, he was experimented as new opening batsman for India along with the Shikhar Dhawan for the Champions Trophy. The successful starts achieved by this opening pair helped India win the Champions Trophy and Tri-nation series in the West Indies. His good form continued in the home series against Australia when he scored an 141 not out in Jaipur and 209 runs off 158 balls, in Bangalore. With this innings, he became the third player to score a double hundred in an ODI and with 16 sixes, he broke the world record for most sixes hit in an ODI innings. His innings of 209 is the second highest score by a batsman in an ODI, behind Virender Sehwag's 219.
Sharma was called into the Indian Test team in February 2012 as the only reserve batsman, and when V. V. S. Laxman failed to recover from an injury. Sharma was set to make his debut, but injured himself playing football in the warm-up on the first morning of the match. It was too late to bring in a replacement batsman, so the reserve wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha had to play as a specialist batsman.
He was part of the squad selected to play in the Australian series.
In November 2013, during Sachin Tendulkar's farewell Test series, he made his debut at Eden Gardens in Kolkota against the West Indies. He scored a 177 which was the 2nd best score on debut by an Indian behind Shikhar Dhawan. He followed it up with a 111 not out at his home ground at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai becoming only the second Indian cricketer to score back-to-back centuries in the first two tests—a feat which was achieved by Saurav Ganguly in 1996 in England.
- Test debut: India v West Indies at Kolkata, Nov 6-8, 2013
- ODI debut: Ireland v India at Belfast, Jun 23, 2007
- Last ODI: India v Australia at Bangalore, Nov 2, 2013
- T20I debut: England v India at Durban, Sep 19, 2007
- Last T20I: India v Australia at Rajkot, Oct 10, 2013
- First-class debut: India A v New Zealand A at Darwin, Jul 11-14, 2006
- Last First-class: India v South Africa at Wanderers, Dec 18-21, 2013
- List A debut: Central Zone v West Zone at Gwalior, Feb 25, 2006
- Last List A: India v Australia at Bangalore, Nov 2, 2013
- Twenty20 debut: Baroda v Mumbai at Mumbai, Apr 3, 2007
- Last Twenty20: India v Australia at Rajkot, Oct 10, 2013
International centuries and half-centuries
One Day Internationals
|1||52||61||85.24||Pakistan||5||Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur, India||18 November 2007||Lost|
|2||70*||64||109.37||Sri Lanka||4||Manuka Oval, Canberra, Australia||12 February 2008||Lost|
|3||66||87||75.86||Australia||5||Sydney Cricket Ground, Australia||2 March 2008||Won|
|4||58||71||81.69||Pakistan||6||National Stadium, Karachi, Pakistan||2 July 2008||Won|
|5||114||119||95.79||Zimbabwe||4||Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe||28 May 2010||Lost|
|6||101*||100||101.00||Sri Lanka||4||Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe||30 May 2010||Won|
|7||69||73||94.52||Sri Lanka||4||Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, Sri Lanka||22 June 2010||Lost|
|8||68*||75||90.66||West Indies||5||Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, West Indies||6 June 2011||Won|
|9||86*||91||94.50||West Indies||5||Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, West Indies||11 June 2011||Won|
|10||57||72||79.16||West Indies||5||Sabina Park, Kingston, West Indies||16 June 2011||Lost|
|11||72||99||72.72||West Indies||5||Barabati Stadium, Cuttack, India||29 November 2011||Won|
|12||90*||98||91.83||West Indies||5||ACA-VDCA Stadium, Visakhapatnam, India||2 December 2011||Won|
|13||95||100||95.00||West Indies||5||Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad, India||5 December 2011||Lost|
|14||68||83||81.92||Pakistan||4||Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Bangladesh||18 March 2012||Won|
|15||83||93||89.2||England||2||Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, India||23 January 2013||Won|
|16||65||81||80.24||South Africa||1||SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff, Wales||6 June 2013||Won|
|17||52||56||92.85||West Indies||1||The Oval, London, England||11 June 2013||Won|
|18||60||89||67.41||West Indies||1||Sabina Park, Kingston, West Indies||30 June 2013||Lost|
|19||58||89||65.16||Sri Lanka||1||Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies||11 January 2013||Won|
|20||64||90||71.11||Zimbabwe||1||Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe||1 August 2013||Won|
|21||79||89||88.76||Australia||1||Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur, India||30 October 2013||Won|
|22||141*||123||114.63||Australia||1||Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur, India||16 October 2013||Won|
|23||209||158||132.28||Australia||1||M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore, India||2 November 2013||Won|
|24||72||81||88.88||West Indies||2||Nehru Stadium, Kochi, India||21 November 2013||Won|
|Rohit Sharma's Test centuries|
|1||177||1||301||23||1||West Indies||Home||Eden Gardens, Kolkata, India||2013||Won|
|2||111*||2||127||11||3||West Indies||Home||Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, India||2013||Won|
|1||50*||40||125.00||South Africa||5||Kingsmead, Durban, South Africa||20 September 2007||Won|
|2||52*||45||115.55||Ireland||2||Trent Bridge, Nottingham, England||10 June 2009||Won|
|3||79*||46||171.73||Australia||4||Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, West Indies||7 May 2010||Lost|
|4||53||34||155.88||South Africa||3||Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban, South Africa||9 January 2011||Won|
|5||55*||33||166.67||England||4||R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, Sri Lanka||23 September 2012||Won|
Indian Premier League
Rohit Sharma is one of the most successful players in IPL and has the unique record of finishing the match by scoring a last-ball six. He has one IPL century and a hatrick to his name. Sharma was signed up by the Deccan Chargers franchise for a sum of US$ 750,000 a year in 2008. He was one of the leading run scorers in the 2008 IPL season with 404 runs at an average of 36.72. He also held the coveted Orange Cap for a brief period.
In the 2009 IPL season he was appointed as the vice-captain of the Deccan Chargers. In a match against Kolkata Knight Riders where 21 was required off the last over, Sharma scored 26 off the over from Mashrafe Mortaza to seal a win. He was the fifth bowler to take an IPL hat-trick and was awarded the best U-23 player of the tournament.
In the 2011 IPL auction, he was sold for US$ 2million to the Mumbai Indians. He was later promoted as the permanent captain of the Mumbai Indians in the 2013 season as Ricky Ponting was benched due to poor form. Mumbai Indians under the captaincy won the 2013 IPL for the first time. It was a terrific season for him as a captain as he helped Mumbai Indians win the IPL as well as the Champions League T20 in 2013.
Season by season at IPL
|IPL Batting Statistics of Rohit Sharma|
Test Match Awards
Man of the Match award
|S No||Opponent||Venue||Date||Match Performance||Result|
|1||West Indies||Eden Gardens, Kolkata||06-8 November 2013||1st Innings: 177(301 balls: 23x4 1x6)
2nd Innings: DNB; 1 Catch (Test debut)
Man of the Series award
|S No||Opponent||Innings Played||Season||Series Performance|
|1||West Indies||Two out of Two||November 2001||288(428 balls: 34x4 4x6)|
Man of the Match award
|S No||Opponent||Venue||Date||Match Performance|
|1||Sri Lanka||Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo||30 May 2010||101* (100 balls: 6x4, 2x6); 1 run out;|
|2||West Indies||Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain||6 June 2011||68* (75 balls: 3x4, 1x6); 1 catch|
|3||West Indies||Barabati Stadium, Cuttack||29 November 2011||72 (99 balls: 3x4, 1x6); 2-0-8-0|
|4||Australia||Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur||16 October 2013||141* (123 balls: 17x4, 4x6)|
|5||Australia||M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore||2 November 2013||209 (158 balls: 12x4, 16x6)|
Man of the Series award
|S No||Opponent||Innings Played||Season||Series Performance|
|Australia||Six out of Seven||Oct - Nov 2013 (AUS)||491 Runs (Avg 122.75)|
Man of the Match award
|S No||Opponent||Venue||Date||Match Performance|
|1||South Africa||Kingsmead Cricket Ground, Durban||20 September 2007||50* (40 balls: 7x4, 2x6); 1 run out|
|2||South Africa||Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban||9 January 2011||53 (34 balls: 5x4, 2x6); 1 catch|
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