Rohit Sharma 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 as the ODI Cricketer of the Year by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
Outside cricket, Sharma is an active supporter of animal welfare campaigns. He is the official Rhino Ambassador for WWF-India and is a member of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
He has worked with PETA in its campaign to raise awareness of the plight of homeless cats and dogs in India.
- Full name: Rohit Gurunath Sharma
- Profession: Indian cricketer
- Born: 30 April 1987 (age 32 years), Nagpur, India
- ODI debut (cap 168): 23 June 2007 v Ireland
- Test debut (cap 280): 6 November 2013 v West Indies
- Last ODI: 19 January 2020 v Australia
- T20I debut (cap 17): 19 September 2007 v England
- Spouse: Ritika Sajdeh (m. 2015)
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About Rohit Sharma
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.