How ‘Hitman’ Rohit Sharma Transformed His Image After The 2011 World Cup

Kolkata Knight Riders assistant coach Abhishek Nayar has been a close friend to team India’s captain Rohit Sharma for over a decade, and has seen him through his ups and downs as stated in YouTuber Ranveer Allahbadia’s show, “The Ranveer Show”. Nayar has opened up about ‘hitman’ Rohit Sharma’s inspiring transformation over the years.

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Sharma is currently serving as the captain of the Indian cricket team in the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup 2024, with Hardik Pandya as the Vice Captain. Team India has been promoted to the Super Eight after winning 3 matches in the Group stage, and abandoning the fourth.

Rohit Sharma’s downfalls and successes

The Indian captain is not a stranger to trolls and criticism, even as he has become such a big name in the cricket world. The veteran cricketer still gets online trolling when he fails to deliver in a match.

Sharma’s international cricket career has not been the same ever since he played and showcased his skills in the 2013 Champions Trophy. Sharma was considered an up and coming talent when he debuted back in 2007. However, after a series of unfortunate events, Rohit was left out of the ICC ODI World Cup 2011 squad, when India won the trophy.

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Sharma was criticised for his weight back then, and the young starlet worked hard to get back in shape and rebuild his image at the time.

After this, Rohit got a chance to play in the 2013 Champions Trophy, the last ICC trophy India won, and proved his worth to the team and the people. Sharma has been unstoppable since.

Akash Nayar on Rohit’s struggles and transformation

KKR assistant coach Akash Nayar has opened up, and spoken about Rohit Sharma‘s mindset and how he overcame the criticism in one of the lowest phases of his life, when he was sidelined in the 2011 World Cup.

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“When Rohit was not picked for the 2011 World Cup, I always told him ‘let’s work hard’. Because he had gained a bit of weight at that time. A visual, an ad was aired, which showed Rohit and Yuvraj [Singh] standing, and there was a circle marked around Rohit’s tummy with an arrow pointing towards it. I will never forget it. We were at home, watching TV. And looking at that visual, Rohit said I have to change this (perception),” Nayar told YouTuber and podcaster Ranveer Allahabadia on his show TRS Clips.

“A few days later, the World Cup team was announced, but he wasn’t part of the squad. At that point, Rohit Sharma became the Hitman. Because everything changed – his approach and how he wanted to go about his career. He was the first guy, and that was my first journey with someone who transitioned into a successful cricketer and changed a lot of opinions,” added Nayar.

“People used to say a lot of things about him. Two-minute Maggi-man and stuff like that. There were a lot of things said about Rohit Sharma. That changed everything. He said to me ‘I’ll do whatever you say, but when the IPL gets over, people should say ‘he is not the same Rohit Sharma. He is someone else'”.

Rohit scored 433 and 528 runs respectively in IPL 2012 and 2013, and that became a turning point in his career.

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Kolkata Knight Riders assistant coach Abhishek Nayar has been a close friend to team India's captain Rohit Sharma for over a decade, and has seen him through his ups and downs as stated in YouTuber Ranveer Allahbadia’s show, “The Ranveer Show”. Nayar has opened up about ‘hitman’ Rohit Sharma's inspiring transformation over the years.

Sharma is currently serving as the captain of the Indian cricket team in the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup 2024, with Hardik Pandya as the Vice Captain. Team India has been promoted to the Super Eight after winning 3 matches in the Group stage, and abandoning the fourth.

Rohit Sharma's downfalls and successes

The Indian captain is not a stranger to trolls and criticism, even as he has become such a big name in the cricket world. The veteran cricketer still gets online trolling when he fails to deliver in a match.

Sharma's international cricket career has not been the same ever since he played and showcased his skills in the 2013 Champions Trophy. Sharma was considered an up and coming talent when he debuted back in 2007. However, after a series of unfortunate events, Rohit was left out of the ICC ODI World Cup 2011 squad, when India won the trophy.

Sharma was criticised for his weight back then, and the young starlet worked hard to get back in shape and rebuild his image at the time.

After this, Rohit got a chance to play in the 2013 Champions Trophy, the last ICC trophy India won, and proved his worth to the team and the people. Sharma has been unstoppable since.

Akash Nayar on Rohit's struggles and transformation

KKR assistant coach Akash Nayar has opened up, and spoken about Rohit Sharma's mindset and how he overcame the criticism in one of the lowest phases of his life, when he was sidelined in the 2011 World Cup.

"When Rohit was not picked for the 2011 World Cup, I always told him 'let's work hard'. Because he had gained a bit of weight at that time. A visual, an ad was aired, which showed Rohit and Yuvraj [Singh] standing, and there was a circle marked around Rohit's tummy with an arrow pointing towards it. I will never forget it. We were at home, watching TV. And looking at that visual, Rohit said I have to change this (perception)," Nayar told YouTuber and podcaster Ranveer Allahabadia on his show TRS Clips.

"A few days later, the World Cup team was announced, but he wasn't part of the squad. At that point, Rohit Sharma became the Hitman. Because everything changed – his approach and how he wanted to go about his career. He was the first guy, and that was my first journey with someone who transitioned into a successful cricketer and changed a lot of opinions," added Nayar.

"People used to say a lot of things about him. Two-minute Maggi-man and stuff like that. There were a lot of things said about Rohit Sharma. That changed everything. He said to me 'I'll do whatever you say, but when the IPL gets over, people should say ‘he is not the same Rohit Sharma. He is someone else'".

Rohit scored 433 and 528 runs respectively in IPL 2012 and 2013, and that became a turning point in his career.

Stay updated with all the cricketing action, follow Cricadium on WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Telegram, and Instagram