While growing up, his financial condition wasn’t that great. So, he lived with his grandparents and in the year 1999, things took a turn for the better. The hitman joined a cricket camp with a financial backup from his uncle where he met his coach, Dinesh Lad.
He is not only a regular opening batsman. The Hitman has shattered many international records, led the Indian team in Kohli’s absence while setting standards for the new generations like Shubman Gill and Prithvi Shaw. In his personal life, Rohit is the son of Gurunath Sharma and Purnima Sharma. He has an elder brother named Vishal. Rohit Sharma is married to his long-time girlfriend, Ritika Sajdeh. They tied the knot back in 2015. Now, Rohit Sharma and his wife are blessed with a daughter named Samaira Sharma.
Personal Life of Rohit Sharma
“Sharma Ji ka beta”, “Hitman” – he has many names. Rohit Sharma is an extraordinary cricketer who is considered to be a batting mainstay of the Indian team. In the slate of world cricket, he has written his name in golden alphabets with towering records. He has been there for a long time and many would be wondering, how old is he? How much longer can he play? Well, the date of birth of Rohit Sharma is 30th April 1987. He is just 34 years old now!
Rohit Sharma and His Wife
Ritika Sajdeh is a sports event manager. Before that, she was Yuvraj Singh’s rakhi sister as well. Rohit and Ritika met during an ad shoot and just like every other caring Indian brother, Yuvraj asked Rohit to keep a safe distance. Although Rohit was not very fond of Ritika in the beginning, things started to change.
While Ritika was taking care of Rohit’s cricket engagement, they became best buds. With time, they grew closer, started dating and it was almost 6 years. Then, Sharma Ji Ka Beta decided to take it a step further. A grand proposal at the Borivali Sports Club, Mumbai. Rohit ws down on his knees with a solitaire ring while he asked the question! She accepted immediately and Mr. Sharma shared a picture of the two with a tweet: “From best friends to soulmates, couldn’t get any better.”
Rohit Sharma and his wife, Ritika Sajdeh got engaged on June 3, 2015, while the marriage was scheduled for December 13. Mumbai’s Taj Lands Hotel was star-studded that day.
Rohit Sharma and His Career Statistics
In the beginning, you’d be surprised to know that he batted at 8 or 9th position. After joining the Swami Vivekanand International School, he met coach Lad. Rohit’s financial condition wasn’t capable enough to afford an international school. However, thanks to Dinesh Lad, Rohit received a scholarship. All his fees were paid without him having to spend anything. It was also Lad, who saw a spark in Rohit’s batting and who knew it was going to be one of the greatest observations.
Right with his Ranji debut, the cricketing fraternity knew Sharma Ji ka beta is going to be one of the greats. He potentially looked like India’s ideal number 4 since his U-19 days. However, things weren’t smooth sailing from the beginning. His lack of consistency and a tendency of quick dismissal didn’t allow him to secure a spot in the initial years. Things took a major turn in 2013. It was MS Dhoni’s remarkable decision to make Sharma open in the Champions Trophy that year.
Rohit Sharma in T20
Rohit Sharma became the first Indian to score 2 T20I centuries when smashed a staggering 118 runs off only 43 deliveries against Sri Lanka. His strike rate was off the charts, 274.41. Although, there was KL Rahul who also had 2 centuries to his name. Rohit just couldn’t let that slide. Therefore, he awakened the Hitman persona and scored his 3rd T20I hundred. He became the first Indian to do so. Rohit Sharma scored an unbeaten 100 in just 56 balls against England in July 2018. Although, it didn’t stop there! He bagged the fourth one against West Indies that year in November. An unbeaten 111 with a strike rate of 181.96. Thus, he became the only cricketer to score 4 T20I centuries.
As for the IPL, Rohit Sharma has a remarkable career here as well. A three-figure highest run in the bag, he has scored a staggering 5480 with 40 half-centuries to his name. Sharma is the captain of the defending champions with 5 IPL trophies. In the first year as the skipper, he gave Mumbai Indians their maiden IPL trophy. Rohit Sharma century in IPL was a one-time show, but the trophy cabinet had just started to be filled. With two consecutive trophies in 2019 & 2020, if he also wins the 2021 edition, Rohit Sharma will become the only captain to secure a hat-trick of title wins in IPL history.
Rohit Sharma in ODI
Rohit made his international debut against Ireland on 23 June 2007. Then, he used to bat at number seven and didn’t really get a chance to bat. He was occasionally dropped from the team due to his inconsistencies. Sharma had the worst performance of his entire career in 2012. He only scored 168 runs in the whole calendar year. But MS Dhoni’s gamble to make him play as an opener along with Shikhar Dhawan turned out to be a masterstroke. An unbeaten ICC Champions Trophy in 2013 is proof of that. It is considered to be the second most successful opening partner for India after Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar.
However, the Hitman’s pairing with the skipper, Virat Kohli is also remarkable as well. The duo has an average of over 65 in ODIs. Consistency, which was Rohit Sharma’s biggest drawback during the initial years, became his biggest weapon. His individual record started to skyrocket. On 13 November 2014, Rohit Sharma registered the highest score by an individual in ODI history. A 264 off 173 balls is what Sri Lanka received at Eden Gardens. He is the only individual to have three 200s to his name.
During the 2019 World Cup, he finished with the most runs in the tournament despite India getting knocked out in the Semis. He scored a whopping 648 runs in 9 games at an average of 81.00. It contained five centuries and a half-century. He became the first batsman to score 5 hundred in a single edition of the World Cup. However, he fell short by only 27 runs to surpass Sachin Tendulkar to become the highest run-scorer in a World Cup. Currently, the Hitman is the pillar of the Indian batting lineup in ODI. Also, he is the vice-captain of the team.
Rohit Sharma in Test
Mr. Sharma was never considered to be a Test cricketer. He made his Test Debut in November 2013 when Sachin had just retired. Sharma’s Test debut was at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, his favorite venue. He scored 177 on his debut match. The score was the second-best on debut by an Indian right behind Shikhar Dhawan’s 187. Another ton was waiting for the very next match.
Rohit is not exactly whom you call a Test cricketer. He made his debut in 2013 and still managed to score 177 runs at Eden Gardens. It was the second-highest debut run by an Indian, right behind Shikhar Dhawan 187. Another century came right in the second match. However, despite his current average of 46.18 and six 100s, he has struggled to be consistent. His test career is filled with “shocking shots” and “soft dismissal”. Rohit Sharma’s performance against Australia wasn’t remarkable either. The only recent and decent performance came against England in 2021 where he scored 161 runs off 231 runs.
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Records & Accolades of Rohit Sharma
- Rohit Sharma has the highest individual score in ODIs i.e. 264. It was against Sri Lanka at Eden Gardens on 13th November 2014.
- Sharma is the only player to have 3 double centuries in ODIs.
- Only batsman to score 5 centuries in a World Cup.
- In 2019, he scored the highest number of sixes in a Test series.
- Rohit Sharma was honored with ‘Arjuna Award’ in 2015.
- He was awarded the Golden Bat award for scoring the most number of runs in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
- Named the ICC ODI Player of the Year in 2019.
- He has also won ESPNcricinfo best ODI batting performance award for his two double ODI hundreds.
- Rohit Sharma received the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 2020.
He has turned 34 this year as the date of birth of Rohit Sharma was on April 30. Hopefully, we will get to see him play more for our country and Mumbai Indians. Currently, the entire nation will have their eyes on the WTC Final between India and New Zealand. Rohit will be opening with Shubman Gill. His innings will be very crucial as India will try to grab their first ICC trophy in the last 7 years. It’s now or never.