His Life: The HitMan of Indian Cricket
- Year 1987 – Born in Nagpur.
- Year 2008 – Won the Orange Cap as the leading run scorer.
- Year 2015 – Got married to Rithika Sajdeh.
- Year 2015 – Got the Arjuna Award.
- Year 2015 – Became Second cricketer to score centuries in all game formats.
“No matter how talented you are or naturally gifted you are, there’s no substitute to hard work if you got to maintain standards.”
Rohit Sharma is an Indian cricketer and the Vice-captain of India in limited-overs formats. He is a right handed batsman with a rare distinction of being the only player in history to score three One Day International double centuries.
He had a modest upbringing and with grit and determination, he became a star batsman:
Rohit Gurunath Sharma was born on April 30, 1987 in Basod in Nagpur, Maharashtra. His father is Gurunath Sharma, who worked as a caretaker of a transport firm storehouse and his mother is Purnima Sharma. He has an elder brother named Vishal Sharma. He was raised by his grandparents and uncles in Borivali as his father had a very low income. He would visit his parents only during weekends where they lived in a single room house in Dombivli.
His personal life is full of twists and a saga of struggle:
Sharma joined a cricket camp with his uncle’s money in 1999. His coach was Dinesh Lad at that camp and he asked Sharma to change his school to Swami Vivekanand International School as it had better cricket facilities and Dinesh was the coach there too. But as his family could not afford it, Dinesh got him a scholarship. He started as an off-spinner who could bat a bit but his coach noticed Sharma’s batting abilities and encouraged him from number eight to open the innings. He performed well in Harris and Giles Shield school cricket tournaments and scored a century on debut match as an opener.
He got married to his friend Rithika Sajdeh on 13th December 2015. The couple has a baby girl named Samaira.
A boy from Borivali who became the Hitman of Indian Cricket:
Sharma made his domestic cricket debut in March 2005 in Deodhar Trophy in a match against Central Zone at Gwalior. In the same tournament, he scored 142 in 123 balls against North Zone at Udaipur. Then he was selected for the NKP Salve Challenger Trophy. His First class debut for India A was against New Zealand A in July 2006 at Darwin and then he made Ranji debut for Mumbai in the 2006-07 season and in it he scored a double century against Gujarat. Sharma was bought by the Deccan Chargers for a sum of US$750,000 in the 2008 IPL, and he won the Orange Cap as the leading run scorer. Then the Mumbai Indians bought him for US$2 million in the 2011 season, and the team won its first IPL under his captaincy during the 2013 season.
Sharma made his One Day International debut against Ireland at Belfast but he did not get a chance to bat in the match. He got the ‘Man of the Match’ award as he scored 50 off 40 balls against South Africa in 2007 ICC World T20. Then he was promoted to open with Shikhar Dhawan in 2013 for the Champions Trophy.
Sharma scored 209 runs off 158 balls in Bangalore against Australia and broke the world record for most sixes hit in a One Day International innings with 16 sixes. Also in 2014, he became the highest individual ODI scorer against Sri Lanka at Eden Gardens with 264 runs and he was the only player to hit more than a double century in ODI. He also broke the record for scoring most runs from fours and sixes in an innings by scoring 186 runs from boundaries. He also has the highest number of sixes in an ODI inning.
He was felicitated with many awards for his splendid gameplay:
Sharma has got many “Man of the Series” and “Man of the Match” Awards. He got the Arjuna Award in 2015 from the Indian Government. The same year, he became the second Indian cricketer to score centuries in all formats of the game after Suresh Raina with his 106 in the first Twenty 20 at Dharamshala against South Africa.