Do you know these interesting facts about Rohit Sharma?
Becoming a mainstay at the top of the order for India over time, Rohit Sharma has worked on his batting abilities to become one of the most revered forces in the cricketing fraternity along with Virat Kohli. Captaining the Mumbai Indians, Rohit took over the mantle of the Indian side on several occasions in 2018, when under his captaincy the team went onto win the Asia Cup and the series against West Indies.
Once settled into his groove, Rohit has the ability to hit the ball to any part of the ground, something that has served the side well over the years. We take a look at his career, numbers and some other interesting facts about him that you must be well-versed with.
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Interesting facts about Rohit Sharma
- Rohit Sharma was born as Rohit Gurunath Sharma in Bansod, Nagpur, Maharashtra.
- His family wasn’t well off and they lived under harsh and inclement conditions, which eventually saw them shift to a Mumbai locality to stay with their relatives. This was one of the reasons why Rohit picked up the bat from a young age as money and resources was a major problem for his family.
- His uncle and other relatives pitched small amounts of money to send him to a cricket academy back in 1999 where he began his career as an off-spinner but was eventually converted into a batsman.
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- Rohit’s abilities as a cricketer first came to the forefront when he became the first Indian to get a T20 century. He had scored an unconquered 101 off 45 balls for the city against Gujarat in 2006.
- Following those exploits, he was picked for India A side in 2006 before eventually making his foray in the Indian cricket team in 2007. He made his entry into the U17 Mumbai team following his good showing in the Giles and Harris Shield.
- With 4 centuries in Australia, Rohit has the most number of centuries by an opener in the country and also the most by an Indian cricketer.
- His ideal in the game is Virender Sehwag, something that explains his style of batting one that he’s himself applied.
- Australia is a country Rohit has generally enjoyed playing in, having an average of 82.90 while opening in Australia, the most by any cricketer in the world. Overall, Rohit has an average of 51.95 which is the best for an Indian batsman in Australia, just ahead of the mesmerizing Virat Kohli who comes at second place with an average of 50.05. Rohit has scored 1143 runs in Australia in 27 matches at a strike rate of 90.14.
- With a score of 63 against West Indies in the third ODI between the two countries, Rohit became the second highest run-getter in the year with 1030 runs in 19 matches. He averaged 73.57 in 2018, with the highest score of 162 runs, as he notched up five centuries and three half-centuries in the entirety of the year. The list was topped by Kohli who consolidated his position with an excess of 1200 runs to make a formidable one-two unit with Rohit in the cricketing fraternity.
- He currently captains the Mumbai Indians outfit in the IPL and is one of the only 4 cricketers to have won the premier tournament with two franchises.
Rohit Sharma’s record in International Cricket
Batting and Fielding Averages
Split by Team in Test Matches
Split by Team in ODIs
Split by Team in T20s