Rohit Sharma - one of the most titled Indian cricketers
Rohit (Gurunath) Sharma is one of the most titled Indian cricketers playing as a batsman. The athlete spent more than ten years in the Mumbai Indians club, of which he has been the permanent leader since 2013.
In addition to his professional achievements, “The Hitman” is known as an active supporter of animal protection and an ambassador of many initiatives in this direction, such as Rhino Ambassador for WWF-India, as well as a member of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
Rohit Sharma: brief information about the player
On April 30, 1987, Rohit Sharma was born in the family of a warehouse caretaker of a transport company. Because the family was experiencing financial difficulties, the grandfather and uncle were engaged in raising children. The latter, in turn, helped Rohit to visit a specialized cricket camp in 1999. The institution coach, Dinesh Lad, saw Sharma’s talent, so he asked to change the school to Swami Vivekanand International School, where he was a teacher.
Lad helped to get a scholarship for his ward, and Rohit did not need anything during the entire period of study. In return, the future champion showed great success in cricket.
Rohit Sharma makes his professional debut in March 2005 at the Deodhar Trophy, where West Zone plays against Central Zone. The Hitman’s winless balls allow the scouts to pay attention to him, after which the scorer goes to Abu Dhabi with India A team for the game against Australia. As a result of the meeting, he is included in the list of candidates from India for the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy tournament. Unfortunately, the scorer does not appear in the final squad.
However, this did not become a reason for the frustration of the Indian, who later participates twice in the cricket World Cups (2015, 2019), where he shows himself superbly. Some experts agree that the national team reached the semifinals precisely at the expense of a skilled batsman.
The 2019 World Cup is a vivid example of this. Coming out of the group from the first place, India turned out to be the main favorite of the championship. “The Hitman” played superbly throughout the championship, rewritten several national records and naturally became the most productive player of the event with 648 runs.
But the success of the symbiosis of Sharma and Mumbai Indians (MI), in which he spent almost his entire career, is difficult to compare with anything at all. Rohit is the most decorated captain of the Indian Premier League (IPL). He won the highest trophy of the championship four times, three of them as the leader of the MI. From 2008 to 2010, “The Hitman” represented the Deccan Chargers as a vice-captain, but after their disbandment, he accepted an offer from the Indians.
In 2015, the captain led the team to the second IPL title in its history and recorded the first title to his account. In the championship final, the Indians confidently win against the Chennai Super Kings by a margin of 41 runs. However, Mumbai does not stop there. Under the leadership of Rohit Sharma, the club takes the trophy in 2017, 2019 and 2020.
In total, the cricketer played 188 matches in the IPL, scored 4898 points with an average of 31.60 and a strike rate of 130.82.
Rohit Sharma: achievements
Rohit Sharma is one of the best cricketers in the world. The athlete managed to achieve this thanks to his own talent and painstaking daily work. To date, the 34-year-old “The Hitman” has more than a dozen achievements and records, some of which still remain relevant:
- Sharma is the most productive batsman in the history of ODI with 264 points on the account (match against Sri Lanka from 13.11.2014);
- the only player to make three double centuries in an ODI;
- ICC ODI Player of the Year (2020);
- Third Indian player in the number of centuries (28) in ODI after Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli;
- the first batsman to score five centuries at the end of the 2019 World Cup;
- holder of the record for the most fours (33) in ODI;
- Second for most sixes in ODI (16);
- the only player to score more than 8150 points in an ODI;
- The world’s second and India’s first cricketer to reach 4,000 runs in an ODI.
And this is not all of his regalia. “The Hitman” is so good that listing the full list of his unique records and rewritten achievements will take some time.
Do not forget that Sharma has been repeatedly noted at the state level in addition to sports triumphs. So in 2015, Rohit was awarded the Arjuna Award for the highest achievements in sports, and in 2020 he became the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award (for outstanding achievements in sports).
Rohit Sharma: interesting facts
The Mumbai Indians captain is considered one of the most respected figures in modern Indian cricket today. This naturally affects the earnings of Sharma, who is now considered one of the highest-paid cricketers. Indian financial publications believe that the athlete earned at least $ 19 million during his career. At the end of 2020, the 34-year-old batsman was the fourth on the list of the most paid cricketers in India.
The player has no problems with popularity, so he is an ambassador of 12 different brands, including the world brands Aristocrat, Oppo, Relispray, Adidas, Hublot, and local products from Join, Videocon d2h, Nasivion.
However, financial security is only a tool for the realization of his real interests. The most important brainchild of Rohit is charity. The athlete participates in numerous events, focusing on the problems of well-being and health of children, animal protection. The athlete actively advocates for the protection of quadrupeds and is always ready to support all kinds of initiatives in this direction.
In 2015, the athlete married his girlfriend, Ritika Sajdeh, who also represents his professional interests. In December 2018, the first child was born – daughter Samaira.