Rohit Gurunath Sharma (born 30 April 1987) is an Indian international cricketer who plays for Mumbai in domestic cricket and captains Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League as a right-handed batsman and an occasional right-arm off-break bowler. He is the vice-captain of the Indian national team in limited-overs formats. He is the only cricketer in the history of cricket to score more than one ODI double-hundred, having scored three of them. In January 2020, Sharma was named the ODI Cricketer of the Year by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
Full Name– Rohit Gurunath Sharma
Nickname(s)- Hitman, Ro, Shaana
Profession – Cricketer
Bowling– Right-arm off-break
Jersey Number– #45 (India)/#45 (IPL)
Domestic/State Team – Mumbai, Mumbai Indians
Nature on the field- Calm
Likes to play against– Pakistan, Australia
Favourite Shot– Pull shot
Favorite Batting Drill– Straight down the ground
Date of Birth– 30 April 1987
Age (as in 2020)– 33 Years
Birthplace- Bansod, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India
Zodiac sign- ♉, Taurus
Hometown– Nagpur, Maharashtra, India
School– Swami Vivekanand International School and Junior College, Mumbai/ Our Lady of Vailankanni High School, Mumbai
Educational Qualifications– 12th standard
Father– Gurunath Sharma (Worked as a caretaker of a transportation company storehouse)
Mother– Purnima Sharma
Brother- Vishal Sharma (Younger)
Coach/Mentor– Dinesh Lad
Address – A 4-BHK apartment in Ahuja Towers, Worli, Mumbai
Hobbies– Travelling, watching movies, playing table tennis & video games
Marital Status– Married
Affairs/Girlfriends– Sofia Hayat (Actress)/Ritika Sajdeh (Sports manager)
Wife/Spouse- Ritika Sajdeh (Sports manager, m.2015-present)
Daughter– Samaira (born in 2018)
Physical Stats & More:-
Height (approx.) in centimeters- 173 cm
in meters- 1.73 m
in Feet Inches- 5’ 8”
Weight (approx.) in Kilograms- 72 kg
in Pounds- 159 lbs
Body Measurements- Chest: 40 Inches
Waist: 31 Inches
Biceps: 12 Inches
Eye Colour – Dark Brown
Hair Colour- Black
Batsman: Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag
Bowler: Harbhajan Singh
Favorite Food- Aloo Parantha, Chinese cuisine, eggs
Favorite Actors- Hrithik Roshan, Akshay Kumar, Saif Ali Khan
Favorite Actresses- Kareena Kapoor, Vidya Balan, Deepika Padukone, Megan Fox, Blake Lively
Bollywood: Veer-Zara, Hera Pheri, Jo Jeeta Wahi Sikander, Border
Hollywood: The Avengers, Iron Man, The Dark Night Rises
Favorite Directors- David Dhawan, Priyadarshan, Imtiaz Ali, James Cameron
Favorite Songs- Tere Liye Hum Hai Jiye from the film Veer-Zaara (2004), Started From The Bottom by Drake
Favorite Car- Aston Martin
Favorite Hotel- Long Beach Golf & Spa Resort, Mauritius
Favorite Destination- New York
Rohit Sharma Assets:
House: Rohit Sharma owns a luxury designer house in Mumbai, India which he bought in the year 2015. The current value of his house is Rs. 30Crore INR. Also, he owns multiple real-estate properties across the country.
Cars: The Car collection of Rohit Sharma is quite Average. He owns a few of the best luxury cars in the world. The Car brands owned by Rohit Sharma include BMW, Audi, Porsche, and Mercedes Benz.
Average Earning and remuneration:
Estimated Net worth – Rs. 121 Crore INR
Personal Investments – Rs. 89 Crore INR
Luxury Cars- Rs. 6-7 Crore INR
Remuneration from BCCI- Rs. 5 Crore INR
Brand endorsement fee- Rs. 2-3 Crore INR
Rohit Sharma Endorsements:-
Rohit Sharma is currently endorsing 12 different brands independently, and a few more like Jio and Videocon d2h as apert of cross deals with his IPL franchise team Mumbai Indians. The brands independently endorsed by Rohit include Maggi, Lays, Nissan, Ceat, Aristocrat, Adidas, Relispray, Nasivion Nasal Spray, Restless Energy Drink, Oppo, Highlanders, and Hublot. He generates an income of about INR 7 crore from his brand endorsement deals also.
|National side||India (2007–present)|
|Test debut||6 November 2013 v West Indies|
|Last Test||22 November 2019 v Bangladesh|
|ODI debut||23 June 2007 v Ireland|
|Last ODI||19 January 2020 v Australia|
|ODI shirt no.||45|
|T20I debut||19 September 2007 v England|
|Last T20I||2 February 2020 v New Zealand|
|T20I shirt no.||45|
|IPL debut||20 April 2008 v Kolkata knight riders|
|Last IPL||12 May 2019 v Chennai Super Kings|
|Domestic team information|
|2008–2010||Deccan Chargers (squad no. 45)|
Mumbai Indians (squad no. 45)
India, Deccan Chargers, India A, India Green, India U19, Mumbai, Mumbai Indians, Indians, India Blue, Board President XI
Sharma was born on 30 April 1987 in Bansod, Nagpur, Maharashtra. His mother Purnima Sharma is from Visakhapatnam. His father Gurunath Sharma worked as a caretaker of a transport firm storehouse. Sharma was raised by his grandparents and uncles in Borivali because of his father’s low income. He would visit his parents, who lived in a single-room house in Dombivli, only during weekends. He has a younger brother, Vishal Sharma.
Sharma joined a cricket camp in 1999 with his uncle’s money. His coach at the camp was Dinesh Lad who asked him to change his school to Swami Vivekanand International School where Lad was the coach and which had better cricket facilities. Sharma recollects, “I told him I couldn’t afford it, but he got me a scholarship. So for four years I didn’t pay a penny, and did well in my cricket”. Sharma started as an off-spinner who could bat a bit before Lad noticed his batting ability and promoted him from number eight to open the innings. He excelled in the Harris and Giles Shield school cricket tournaments, scoring a century on debut as an opener.
Youth and domestic first-class career:-
Sharma made his List A debut for West Zone against Central Zone in the Deodhar Trophy at Gwalior in March 2005. Batting at number eight, he scored 31 (not out) as West Zone won by 3 wickets with 24 balls remaining. Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravindra Jadeja made their debuts in the same match. It was Sharma’s unbeaten innings of 142 in 123 balls against North Zone at Udaipur in the same tournament that brought him into the limelight. He visited Abu Dhabi and Australia with India A squad and was then included among India’s 30-member probables list for the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy tournament. although he did not make the final squad.
Sharma made his first-class debut for India A against New Zealand A at Darwin in July 2006. He scored 57 and 22 as India won by 3 wickets. He made his Ranji Trophy debut for his Mumbai in the 2006–07 season and scored 205 off 267 balls against Gujarat. Mumbai went on to win the tournament with Sharma scoring a half-century (57) in his second innings in the final against Bengal.
Sharma has spent his entire domestic first-class career at Mumbai. In December 2009, he made his highest career score of 309 (not out) in the Ranji Trophy against Gujarat. In October 2013, upon the retirement of Ajit Agarkar, he was appointed team captain ahead of the 2013–14 season.
In November 2013, during Sachin Tendulkar’s farewell series, Sharma made his Test debut at Eden Gardens in Kolkata against the West Indies and scored 177, the second-best score on debut by an Indian behind Shikhar Dhawan (187). He followed it up with 111 (not out) in the second test at his home ground, the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Having been out of the test team since 2017–18, Sharma went on the 2018–19 tour of Australia after he had earned a recall earlier. Chief selector M. S. K. Prasad said the reason for his recall was that his natural game suited the bouncy Australian pitches. Sharma played in the first test in Adelaide, scoring 37 and 1 in an Indian victory.
During the first Test, he sustained a minor injury that saw him miss the second Test in Perth. He recovered for the Boxing Day third test at Melbourne and scored 63 (not out) to help India total 443/7 and win both the test and the series. After the third Test, Sharma had to return to India for the birth of his daughter.
In October 2019, in the third Test against South Africa, Sharma scored his 2,000th run and his first double century in Tests. He made 212 in the first innings of the match.
2015 and 2019 Cricket World Cups:-
In March 2015, Sharma made his first appearance in the Cricket World Cup and played in eight matches for India in the 2015 tournament in Australia. India reached the semi-final stage where they were defeated by Australia. Sharma scored 330 runs in the tournament with one century, a score of 137 in the quarter-final tie against Bangladesh.
On 15 April 2019, Sharma was appointed vice-captain of India’s squad for the 2019 tournament in England. In the opening match against South Africa, he scored 122, including his 12,000th run in international cricket. In the match against Sri Lanka, he became the first batsman to score five centuries in the same World Cup tournament and equaled Tendulkar’s record for the most centuries in all World Cup matches. Sharma totaled 648 runs in the tournament to finish as the leading run-scorer and win the ICC’s Golden Bat award, the third Indian player to do so.
Other one-day international matches
Sharma made his full international debut in a one-day match against Ireland in Belfast on 23 June 2007. This was part of the 2007 Future Cup competition which also involved South Africa. He was number seven in the batting order but did not bat as India won the game by 9 wickets.
Sharma scored his maiden ODI half-century (52) against Pakistan at Jaipur on 18 November 2007 and was selected for the Indian squad going to the 2007–08 Commonwealth Bank Series in Australia. In that series, he scored 235 runs at an average of 33.57 with 2 fifties, including 66 in the first final at Sydney when he partnered Sachin Tendulkar for most of India’s successful run chase. After that, however, his ODI performances suffered a downturn and he lost his middle-order position to Suresh Raina. Later, Virat Kohli took his position as the reserve batsman. In December 2009, following his triple century in the Ranji Trophy, he was recalled to the ODI team for the tri-nations tournament in Bangladesh as Tendulkar opted to rest in the series.
Sharma scored his maiden ODI century (114) against Zimbabwe on 28 May 2010 and followed it up with another century in the next match of the tri-series against Sri Lanka on 30 May 2010 by scoring 101 not out. He had a run of poor form in South Africa just before the 2011 World Cup and as a consequence, he was left out of India’s squad for the tournament.
Sharma was recalled to the limited-overs squad for the tour of the West Indies in June and July 2011. In the first match at Queen’s Park Oval, he scored 68 (not out) from 75 balls with three fours and a six. In the third match at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua, he scored a matching-winning 86 off 91 balls after India had been reduced to 92 for 6.
Sharma had a disastrous loss of form in 2012 and scored only 168 runs in the whole calendar year at a very low average of 12.92 with just a single half-century. Even so, his captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni showed faith in him, and his career was revived in 2013. Dhoni decided to move him up the batting order to open the innings with Shikhar Dhawan in the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy. The pairing was a success and India won the competition, defeating host England in the final.
Sharma’s good form continued and, later in the year against Australia, he scored 141 (not out) in Jaipur. He followed that with 209 off 158 balls in Bangalore and established a then-world record for the most sixes (16) in a one-day international inning. On 13 November 2014, playing against Sri Lanka at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, Sharma broke the world record for the highest score in a one-day international inning with 264 from 173 deliveries.
In December 2017, India’s captain Virat Kohli was rested for the series against Sri Lanka, in preparation for India’s tour to South Africa, which began in the first week of January 2018. In his place, Sharma was named the Indian team captain for the first time in his career and India under his leadership won the series 2–1, their eighth consecutive series win since defeating Zimbabwe in June 2016.
On 12 January 2019, in the opening match against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Sharma scored 133 but it was in vain as India lost by 34 runs. It was his 22nd century in one-day internationals. At Delhi on 13 March 2019, in the fifth and final match of a home series against Australia, Sharma scored 56 including his 8,000th run in one-day internationals. It was his 200th innings. After India v/s West Indies 2nd ODI at Vizag, Rohit Sharma surpassed the MS Dhoni record. Rohit now has 187 plus sixes in 116 innings to his name as compared to Mahendra Singh Dhoni who has 186 in 208 innings at home. In 2019, he scored the most runs in ODIs by any batsman, with 1490 runs.
Twenty20 international matches
Sharma was included in the Indian squad for the 2007 ICC World Twenty20 and made his mark by scoring an unbeaten 50 from 40 deliveries against hosts South Africa in the quarter-finals. This enabled India to win the match by 37 runs and they went on to defeat Pakistan in the final when Sharma scored 30 (not out) from 16 deliveries.
On 2 October 2015, during the South African tour of India, Sharma scored 106 in the first Twenty20 international at HPCA Stadium in Dharamshala. With that, he became the second Indian cricketer to have scored centuries in all three formats of international cricket. On 8 July 2018, during a series in England, Sharma became the second Indian batsman, after Virat Kohli, to score 2,000 runs in a Twenty20 international career. He was the fifth batsman worldwide to achieve the feat: the others besides Kohli were Brendon McCullum, Martin Guptill, and Shoaib Malik.
In November 2019, in the opening match of the series against Bangladesh, Sharma became the most-capped cricketer for India in T20Is, playing in his 99th match. In the next match of the series, he became the first male cricketer for India to play in 100 T20Is
Indian Premier League
Sharma has been one of the most successful players in the Indian Premier League (IPL) as captain since 2013 of the Mumbai Indians, who have won the tournament four times under his leadership. He is currently (July 2019) one of ten players who have scored 4,000 career runs in the competition. Sharma has 4,898 with one century and is the third-highest run-scorer after Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina.
Sharma joined the IPL in 2008 when he was signed by the Deccan Chargers franchise, based in Hyderabad, for the sum of US$750,000 a year. In the 2011 auction, he was sold for US$2 million to the Mumbai Indians. He scored his only IPL century in the 2012 tournament with 109 (not out) against the Kolkata Knight Riders. Under his leadership, Mumbai has won the IPL in 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019; they also won the former Champions League Twenty20 competition in 2013.
As of 20 January 2020, Sharma has scored 39 international centuries: 6 in Test cricket, 29 in one-day internationals, and 4 in Twenty20 internationals. Sharma is also ranked joint 18th among players with the most centuries in international cricket.
Sharma holds the world record for the highest individual score by a batsman playing in a one-day international match, having scored 264 against Sri Lanka at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, on 13 November 2014. He is the only player to have scored three double-centuries in this form of international cricket. In Twenty20 international cricket, he currently holds the world records for most career runs and most career centuries. On 5 October 2019, during a Test match against South Africa, he became the first batsman to score two centuries in his first appearance as an opening batsman. In the same series, Sharma broke Shimron Hetmyer’s record for the highest total of sixes in a Test series. Rohith Sharma has been nominated by BCCI for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award on 30 May 2020.
*Arjuna Award (2015)
*ICC ODI Player of the Year (2019)
*ICC ODI Team of the Year (2014 (12th man), 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
Some Lesser Known Facts About Rohit Sharma:-
*Does Rohit Sharma Smoke?: No
*Does Rohit Sharma drink alcohol?: Not Known
*Rohit’s mother tongue is Telugu.
*He was born in Nagpur, and when he was 1½ years old, his family moved to Dombivali in Mumbai’s suburbs.
*His family’s financial condition was not good enough, so, he was sent to live with his grandparents in Borivali where he started playing ‘Galli Cricket.’
*At the age of 11, when he was in 6th standard, he joined a local cricket club in Borivali (a suburb in Mumbai) during his summer vacation, not as a batsman but as an off-spin bowler; as there were too many batsmen.
*His talent was first discovered by his school coach, Dinesh Lad when he took a couple of crucial wickets in a 10-over under-12 tournament in 1999.
*Earlier, he used to bat at No. 8 or 9, as a tailender, but when his coach saw potential in his batting, he promoted his batting order in the nets. And, for the first time, he opened in an inter-school ‘Giles Shield’ tournament match, where he scored career-changing 120-odd runs.
*He once said that he struggles to bat against Brett Lee.
*In 2009, he took an IPL hat-trick for Deccan Chargers against Mumbai Indians at Centurion, South Africa, by dismissing Abhishek Nayar, Harbhajan Singh, and Saurabh Tiwary.
*He is a firm believer of Lord Ganesha and visits the Siddhivinayak Temple before any tour.
*He once bunked his school to meet Virender Sehwag.
*He is a huge fan of the Real Madrid Football Club.
*He loves to sleep a lot.
*If not a cricketer, he would have been a real estate businessman.
*Former Indian fast bowler, Zaheer Khan gave him the nickname, “Shaana.”
*In January 2020, he was named the ICC’s “2019 ODI Cricketer of the Year.”