India’s Hitman, the dependable opener of Virat Kohli’s team turns 32 today. The living legend has grown to be a batting giant for the Indian cricket team. Let’s have a look at some interesting facts and figures of his career on this day.
1. Rohit started playing cricket at a very early age as an off-spinner. His coach Dinesh Lad saw the spark and suggested him to become a primary batsman. Interestingly Dinesh Lad’s son Siddhesh Lad is a teammate of Rohit for Mumbai in Ranji and for Mumbai Indians in IPL. In 2018 Ranji Trophy Dinesh was assigned coaching responsibility for Railway’s team and had to face his son as an opponent team player.
2. Rohit Sharma is known for playing massive knocks in ODIs. He is the only player to have three double centuries in one-day internationals. Moreover, he has eight scores above 150 in ODIs; which is another world record achieved by him. He also holds the highest individual score in ODIs of 264.
3. Rohit Sharma has been one of the mainstays of Virat Kohli’s team since long. In big tournaments especially he is one name that India depends on heavily. The last World Cup once again proved the fact as he became the first player to smash a hat-trick of ODI centuries in England. The Hitman scored as many as five hundred in the World Cup which is the most by any player in a single edition of the ICC World Cup. Currently, he has six World Cup ton which is the joint-most with Sachin Tendulkar.
4. The same showpiece event saw the star opener scoring 648 runs, another world record registered by an individual during the league phase of a World Cup. Overall, Sachin Tendulkar (673 in 2003) and Matthew Hayden (659 in 2007) only have scored more runs than Rohit Sharma in an ODI World Cup.
5. Rohit Sharma has proved himself to be a very good limited over captain in the small opportunity he got during Kohli’s absence in limited over format. Rohit has won 15 out of 19 T20Is as captain for India. Out of the first 12 he has recorded 11 wins is a record as no other captain has won 11 out of their first 12 T20 international matches as captain. Rohit is also the first captain to win the IPL four times; the second-best in the history of the league is MS Dhoni who has helped Chennai Super Kings win three IPL titles.
6. Interestingly during his first two double centuries, he and Virat Kohli batted together briefly and ended with Kohli getting run out both times. During the third double hundred, Kohli didn’t play. Another interesting trivia is that Rohit is the only other player to play the 100th, 200th and 300th ODI of MS Dhoni.
7. Although Rohit does not bowl regularly in international cricket, he is quite a handful with his off-spinners. Rohit has an IPL hat-trick for his earlier team Deccan Chargers against Mumbai Indians. In international cricket, his first victim was Chris Gayle in an ODI. Interestingly both Rohit and Gayle donned jersey number 45 in that match. For Rohit, this jersey number is chosen by his mother and he is using this number from his U-19 days with India.