Rohit Sharma

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Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma in 2012.jpg
Sharma in 2012.
Personal information
Full name Rohit Gurunath Sharma
Born (1987-04-30) 30 April 1987 (age 28)
Bansod, Nagpur, India
Nickname Ro, Hitman
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm off break
Role Batsman
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 280) 6 November 2013 v West Indies
Last Test 20 August 2015 v Sri Lanka
ODI debut (cap 126) 23 June 2007 v Ireland
Last ODI 24 June 2015 v Bangladesh
T20I debut (cap 17) 19 Sep 2007 v England
Last T20I 6 April 2014 v Sri Lanka
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 14 138 72 193
Runs scored 870 4312 5,672 5,924
Batting average 37.82 39.20 55.60 38.21
100s/50s 2/4 7/26 18/24 8/36
Top score 177 264 309* 264
Balls bowled 328 587 1,984 1,343
Wickets 2 8 24 30
Bowling average 98.50 63.00 44.41 37.66
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0 0
10 wickets in match n/a n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 1/26 2/27 4/41 4/28
Catches/stumpings 16/– 38/– 57/– 66/–
Source: Cricinfo, 6 March 2015

Rohit Gurunath Sharma (born 30 April 1987) is an Indian cricketer. He is a right-handed batsman and an occasional right-arm off break bowler who plays for Mumbai in domestic cricket. He is the captain of Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League and is the most successful batsmen in the IPL. He is also one of most successful captain in the IPL.

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 India ODI team, and performed consistently. He scored consecutive centuries in his first two Test matches against the West Indies in November 2013, scoring 177 at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on debut, followed by a score of 111* in the next Test at the Wankhade stadium in India.[1][2]

On 13 November 2014, he scored 264 against Sri Lanka at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, which is the highest individual score in ODIs and thus became the only player in the world to score two double-hundreds in ODIs. He also holds the record for being the only player to score 264 in ODIs. Rohit Sharma is the third skipper after MS Dhoni and Gautam Gambhir to lead his team to the IPL title twice. He also became the second player after Yusuf Pathan, who was thrice the part of a playing XI that won the IPL title: once with Deccan chargers and twice as the skipper of Mumbai Indians

Early life[edit]

Rohit Sharma was born on 30 April 1987 in nagpur.He completed his primary education at Our Lady of Velankani,[Primary Source] then enrolled in the Swami Vivekananda.[3] on a scholarship, after his talent was noticed by the school's cricket coach Dinesh Lad at a summer camp.[4] He excelled in the Giles and Harris Shield school cricket tournaments,[4] after which he was selected for the Mumbai Under-20.

He was later chosen for India's Under-17 and Under-19 teams, and made his mark at the 2006 U-19 World Cup in Sri Lanka, finishing 11th on the ranking of top run-makers in the tournament.[5]

Playing career[edit]


Rohit Sharma made his List A debut for West Zone against Central Zone in the Deodhar Trophy in March 2005;, at Gwalior.[6] It was his unbeaten innings of 142 in 123 balls against North Zone at Udaipur in the same tournament,[7] that brought him into the limelight.[8] 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,[8] although he did not make the final squad. This was before he had made his Ranji Trophy debut.[8] He was also selected for the NKP Salve Challenger Trophy.

Sharma at fielding practice.

Sharma made his First-class debut for India A against New Zealand A, at Darwin in July 2006.[9] 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,[10] he scored 205 off 267 balls in the match against Gujarat.[10] Mumbai went on to win the tournament with Sharma scoring a half century in the final against Bengal.[11]

In October 2013, upon the retirement of Ajit Agarkar, and owing to a successful captaincy stint in the IPL for Mumbai Indians, where he helped to win the IPL as well as the Champions League T20, Sharma was appointed as the captain of the Mumbai Ranji team for the 2013-14 season.[citation needed]


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.[12]

Sharma during the 2015 Cricket World Cup in Australia.

Rohit 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.[13] 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.[13] He was eventually declared Man of the Match.[13] Sharma then proceeded to score 30 runs off 16 balls in the final against Pakistan.[14]

Rohit Sharma scored his maiden ODI half-century against Pakistan, at Jaipur on 18 November 2007.[15] and was selected as part of India's 16-man squad for the CB series in Australia.[16] Here, he scored 235 runs at an average of 33.57 with 2 fifties,[17] including his score of 66 in the 1st final at Sydney[18] partnering Sachin Tendulkar for most of India's successful run chase.

However, his ODI performances suffered a downturn after this and his middle-order position was taken over by Suresh Raina, and eventually, Virat Kohli took his position as the reserve batsman.[19]

In December 2009, he scored a triple century in the Ranji Trophy[20] and was recalled to the ODI team for the tri-nations tournament in Bangladesh as Tendulkar opted to rest in the series.[21] 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.

Rohit Sharma was called into the Indian Test team in February 2010[citation needed] as the only reserve batsman. 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. Since then Suresh Raina, Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli overtook him and made their Test debuts in the middle order.

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.[22][23]

He was dropped from the Indian squad for 2011 World Cup.[24]

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.[25] The side was captained by Suresh Raina with Harbhajan Singh as his deputy. He contributed 26 off 23 balls with two sixes in the only T20I at Queen's Park Oval and strung a 71-run partnership with Subramaniam Badrinath leading to an Indian victory.[citation needed]

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 with three fours and a six.[26] 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.[27] 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.[28] His good form continued as he bagged another Man of the series award against West Indies again but this time on Indian soil.[29] He was part of the squad selected to play in the Australian series.

In 2013, he was experimented as new opening batsman for India along with the Shikhar Dhawan for the Champions Trophy.[30] 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 and with 16 sixes, he broke the world record for most sixes hit in an ODI innings.

In November 2013, during Sachin Tendulkar's farewell Test series, Sharma made his Test debut at Eden Gardens in Kolkata against the West Indies. 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 who scored a century on 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.

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. With this innings, he became the first player to score two double hundred in ODIs. His innings of 264 is the highest score by a batsman in an ODI, surpassing 219 by Virender Sehwag.[31][32][33]

Records and achievements[edit]

  • On 13 November 2014, Rohit Sharma became the highest individual ODI scorer with 264 runs against Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata. He also became the only player to hit two double hundreds in ODI[31] cricket match
  • He broke the record set by Shane Watson for Most runs from fours and sixes in an innings by scoring 186 boundaries[34]
  • With 33 fours, Rohit Sharma hit the most number of fours in an ODI innings.[35]
  • Rohit Sharma, with 16 sixes, has created cricket history by recording most number of sixes in an ODI innings. Later on his record was equalled by AB Diviliars who hit 16 sixes against West Indies. Shane Watson had recorded 15 sixes during his innings of 185 not out off 96 balls vs Bangladesh at Dhaka on 11 April 2011.[36]
  • A hat-trick in the Indian Premier League[37]
  • He is the second leading run scorer in IPL.

Personal life[edit]

He recently got engaged to his longtime friend, Ritika Sajdeh.[38]

Indian Premier League[edit]

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.[39] He was one of the leading run scorers in the 2008 IPL season with 404 runs at an average of 36.72.[40] 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[37] 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.[41] 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 his captaincy won the IPL for the first time. It was a terrific season for him as a captain as he helped Mumbai Indians to win the IPL as well as the Champions League T20 in 2013.

Once again in 2015 he helped MI to win the IPL 8 title by beating Chennai with margin of 41 runs in final played on 24 May 2015. He played an unbeatable innings of 50 of 26 balls for the team to score a 202/5 and also won the Man of The Match award in the finals. He became only one of the captains who won the IPL trophy twice.

Season by season at IPL[edit]

IPL Batting Statistics of Rohit Sharma
Year Team Inns Runs HS Ave SR 100 50 4s 6s
2008 Deccan Chargers[42][43][44] 12 404 76* 36.72 147.98 0 4 38 19
2009 16 362 52 27.84 114.92 0 1 22 18
2010 16 404 73 28.85 133.77 0 3 36 14
2011 Mumbai Indians[45][46] 14 372 87 33.81 125.25 0 3 32 13
2012 16 433 109* 30.92 126.60 1 3 39 18
2013 19 538 79* 38.42 131.54 0 4 35 28
2014 15 390 59* 30 129.13 0 3 31 16
2015 16 482 98* 34.45 144.44 0 3 41 21
2008–2014 Total[47] 128 3385 109* 32.55 131.29 1 25 274 147


International centuries[edit]

  • In the column Runs, * indicates being not out.
  • The column title Innings refers to the innings number of his career, which states match number when he got a chance to bat.

Test centuries[edit]

Rohit Sharma's Test centuries
# Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year Result
1 177 1  West Indies India Kolkata, India Eden Gardens 2013 Won
2 111* 2  West Indies India Mumbai, India Wankhede Stadium 2013 Won

One Day International centuries[edit]

Rohit Sharma's One Day International centuries
# Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year Result
1 114 40  Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Queens Sports Club 2010 Lost
2 101* 41  Sri Lanka Zimbabwe Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Queens Sports Club 2010 Won
3 141* 99  Australia India Jaipur, India Sawai Mansingh Stadium 2013 Won
4 209 103  Australia India Bangalore, India M. Chinnaswamy Stadium 2013 Won
5 264 119  Sri Lanka India Kolkata, India Eden Gardens 2014 Won
6 138 121  Australia Australia Melbourne, Australia Melbourne Cricket Ground 2015 Lost
7 137 128  Bangladesh Australia Melbourne, Australia Melbourne Cricket Ground 2015 Won


Test awards[edit]

Man of the Match awards[edit]

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 awards[edit]

S No Opponent Innings Played Season Series Performance
1  West Indies Two out of Two November 2013 288(428 balls: 34x4 4x6)

ODI awards[edit]

Man of the Match awards[edit]

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)
6  Sri Lanka Eden Gardens, Kolkata 13 November 2014 264 (173 balls: 33x4, 9x6)
7  Bangladesh Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne 19 March 2015 137 (126 balls: 14x4, 3x6)

Man of the Series awards[edit]

S No Opponent Innings Played Season Series Performance
1  West Indies five out of five Jun 2011 (WI) 257 Runs (Avg 128.50)
2  West Indies five out of five Nov - Dec 2011 (Ind) 305 Runs (Avg 76.25)
3  Australia Six out of Seven Oct - Nov 2013 (AUS) 491 Runs (Avg 122.75)

T20I awards[edit]

Man of the Match awards[edit]

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 54 (34 balls: 5x4, 2x6); 1 catch

Other awards[edit]

He has been recommended for the Arjuna award, which is presented every year by the Government of India to recognize outstanding achievements in National sports.


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