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Know Your Cricketer: Rohit Sharma, well known as Hitman

Rohit Sharma, also known as the Hitman, is a renowned Indian cricketer who has made a mark on the international stage. He has earned this nickname from his franchise due to his impressive performances.

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Rohit Shama during Test Match

Personal Information
  Full Name Rohit Gurunath Sharma
  Date of Birth April 30th, 1987
  Current Team(s) Indian Cricket TeamIndian Cricket Team
MMumbai Indians (MI)
  Role Top Order Batter
  Batting Style Right Hand Bat
  Bowling Style Right Arm Offbreak
  Debut June 23rd, 2007
  Jersey No. 45
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Rohit Sharma, popularly known as the Hitman, is a renowned cricketer hailing from Bansod, Nagpur, Maharashtra. Born on 30th April 1987, Rohit Sharma's journey from humble beginnings to becoming one of the most celebrated batsmen in the world is nothing short of inspiring. Let's delve into the life and career of this cricket sensation.

Early Life and Struggles
Rohit Sharma's upbringing was marked by financial constraints. Due to his father's low income, he was brought up by his grandparents and uncle in Borivali. Meanwhile, his parents, Gurunath Sharma and Purnima Sharma, resided in Dombivli. Despite the distance, Rohit would visit his parents on weekends, maintaining a strong bond with them and his younger brother, Vishal Sharma.

In 1999, Rohit Sharma's talent caught the attention of his uncle, who helped him enroll in a Cricket Camp. It was there that he was discovered by coach Dinesh Lad, who recognized his potential as a batsman. Lad suggested that Rohit switch to Swami Vivekanand International School, where he coached and superior cricket facilities were available. However, financial constraints posed a challenge. Fortunately, Lad secured a scholarship for Rohit, allowing him to attend the school for four years without any financial burden. This became a turning point in Rohit's journey, as he honed his skills and flourished as a batsman under Lad's guidance.

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Early Cricket Career
Rohit Sharma's early cricket career took off when he made his debut for West Zone in the Deodhar Trophy in March 2005. Batting at number eight, he showcased his potential by scoring an unbeaten 31 runs, helping his team secure a victory. His impressive performance continued in the same tournament, where he scored a remarkable 142 runs in 123 balls against North Zone in Udaipur. These performances earned him a place in the India A squad that toured Abu Dhabi and Australia.

Despite being named in India's probable 30-member squad for the ICC Champions Trophy, Rohit Sharma narrowly missed out on a spot in the final squad. However, he didn't let this setback dampen his spirits. In July 2006, he made his first-class debut for India A against New Zealand, scoring 57 runs and contributing to a victory. Subsequently, he debuted in the Ranji Trophy for Mumbai in the 2006-07 season, where he made a powerful statement by scoring an impressive 205 runs off 267 balls against Gujarat.

Test Match Heroics
Rohit Sharma's Test cricket journey began in November 2013 when he made his debut against West Indies. He immediately made an impact by scoring 177 runs in the first match held at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. In the second test match held at Wankhade Stadium, Mumbai, he continued his stellar performance with an unbeaten 111 runs. Despite facing a temporary exclusion from Test matches in the 2017-18 season, Rohit made a strong comeback for the Australia tour in 2018-19. The Chief Selector, M.S.K Prasad, highlighted Rohit's natural game that suited the bouncy pitches of Australia. In the first Test match in Adelaide, he scored 37 runs before sustaining a minor injury. Although he missed the second Test match, he returned for the third Test in Melbourne and contributed an unbeaten 63 runs. In October 2019, Rohit Sharma achieved a significant milestone by scoring his first double century in Tests, a magnificent 212 runs, against South Africa in the third Test match.

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Rohit's prowess in Test cricket continued to shine during the 2020 tour of Australia. He was appointed vice-captain of the Indian Test Team, replacing Cheteshwar Pujara. Unfortunately, he had to return to India after the Melbourne Test due to the birth of his daughter. Nonetheless, his contributions to the team were invaluable.

ODI and World Cup Success
Rohit Sharma made his One-Day International (ODI) debut on 23rd June 2007 against Ireland in Belfast. Although he didn't get a chance to bat in that match, he quickly proved his worth in the following games. On 18th November 2007, he scored his first ODI half-century against Pakistan in Jaipur, showcasing his batting prowess. His exceptional performance earned him a spot in the Common Wealth Bank Series 2007-08 in Australia, where he scored 235 runs, including two half-centuries.

In 2015, Rohit Sharma participated in his first Cricket World Cup tournament. Representing India in eight matches held in Australia, he played a crucial role in helping the team reach the semi-finals. Throughout the tournament, he scored a total of 330 runs, including a century, leaving a lasting impact on the global stage.

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Rohit Sharma's remarkable contributions to the Indian cricket team led to his appointment as Vice-Captain for the 2019 World Cup in England. In the opening match against South Africa, he scored a magnificent century, becoming the fastest player to reach 12,000 runs in international cricket. He continued to shine throughout the tournament, scoring centuries against Pakistan, New Zealand, and Bangladesh. His century against Sri Lanka made him the first batsman to score five centuries in a single World Cup tournament, surpassing the legendary Sachin Tendulkar. With a total of 648 runs, Rohit Sharma won the prestigious ICC Golden Bat Award, solidifying his status as one of the world's finest batsmen.

IPL Success and Captaincy
Rohit Sharma's association with the Indian Premier League (IPL) began in 2008 when he was signed by the Deccan Chargers Franchise. The Hyderabad-based team acquired his services for a substantial amount of USD 750,000 per year. In 2011, Mumbai Indians purchased Rohit for a whopping USD 2 million. Since then, Rohit Sharma has been the captain of the Mumbai Indians, leading them to victory in multiple IPL tournaments, including 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, and 2020. While his century count in the IPL is relatively low, he etched his name in history with a memorable unbeaten knock of 109 runs against the Kolkata Knight Riders.

Accolades and Recognitions
Rohit Sharma's contributions to the world of cricket have not gone unnoticed. In 2015, he was honored with the prestigious Arjuna Award, a testament to his exceptional skills and achievements on the field. Furthermore, in 2020, he received the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna, the highest sporting honor in India. These accolades solidify Rohit Sharma's status as one of the most revered cricketers in the country.

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Career Stats
Rohit Sharma has an impressive list of accomplishments. Let's explore the records he holds in various formats of the game:

Rohit's Batting Stats
  Format Mat Inns NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s
  Test 52 88 9 3677 212 46.54 6534 56.27 10 16 394 77
  ODI 250 242 36 10031 264 48.69 11113 90.26 30 51 923 286
  T20I 148 140 17 3853 118 31.32 2767 139.24 4 29 348 182
  FC 113 179 18 8663 309* 53.80 - - 27 36 - -
  LIST A 321 309 44 12273 264 46.31 - - 33 64 - -
  T20 423 410 49 11035 118 30.56 8264 133.53 6 74 479 479

 

  Rohit's Bowling Stats
  Format Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts Avg Eco SR 4w 5w 10w
  Test 52 16 383 224 2 112.00 3.50 191.5 0 0 0
  ODI 250 38 593 515 8 64.37 5.21 74.1 0 0 0
  T20I 148 9 68 113 1 113.00 9.97 68.0 0 0 0
  FC 113 70 2153 1154 24 48.08 3.21 89.7 1 0 0
  LIST A 321 70 1367 1162 30 38.73 5.10 45.5 1 0 0
  T20 423 59 653 830 29 28.62 7.84 21.8 1 0 0


Conclusion
Rohit Sharma's journey from a small town in Maharashtra to becoming the Hitman of Indian cricket is a story of determination, talent, and hard work. Overcoming financial struggles, he grabbed every opportunity that came his way and carved a niche for himself in the cricketing world. With remarkable performances in Test matches, ODI tournaments, and the IPL, Rohit Sharma has become a force to be reckoned with. His accolades and records speak volumes about his contributions to the game. As he continues to shine on the cricket field, fans eagerly await the next mesmerizing innings from the Hitman himself.

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