Full name Rohit Gurunath Sharma
Born April 30, 1987, Bansod, Nagpur, Maharashtra
Current age 32 years 176 days
Major teams India, Deccan Chargers, India A, India Green, India Under-19s, Mumbai, Mumbai Cricket Association President's XI, Mumbai Indians, Mumbai Under-19s
Playing role Top-order batsman
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
|Test debut||India v West Indies at Kolkata, Nov 6-8, 2013 scorecard|
|Last Test||India v South Africa at Ranchi, Oct 19-22, 2019 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Ireland v India at Belfast, Jun 23, 2007 scorecard|
|Last ODI||West Indies v India at Port of Spain, Aug 14, 2019 scorecard|
|T20I debut||England v India at Durban, Sep 19, 2007 scorecard|
|Last T20I||India v South Africa at Bengaluru, Sep 22, 2019 scorecard|
|First-class debut||India A v New Zealand A at Darwin, Jul 11-14, 2006 scorecard|
|Last First-class||India v South Africa at Ranchi, Oct 19-22, 2019 scorecard|
|List A debut||Central Zone v West Zone at Gwalior, Feb 25, 2006 scorecard|
|Last List A||West Indies v India at Port of Spain, Aug 14, 2019 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Baroda v Mumbai at Mumbai, Apr 3, 2007 scorecard|
|Last T20s||India v South Africa at Bengaluru, Sep 22, 2019 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|212||India||v South Africa||Ranchi||19 Oct 2019||Test # 2365|
|14, 0/0, 0/4||India||v South Africa||Pune||10 Oct 2019||Test # 2364|
|176, 0/7, 127, 0/3||India||v South Africa||Visakhapatnam||2 Oct 2019||Test # 2363|
|0||Ind Pres XI||v Sth Africans||Vizianagaram||26 Sep 2019||Other|
|9||India||v South Africa||Bengaluru||22 Sep 2019||T20I # 893|
|12||India||v South Africa||Mohali||18 Sep 2019||T20I # 888|
|68||Indians||v W. Indies A||Coolidge||17 Aug 2019||Other|
|10||India||v West Indies||Port of Spain||14 Aug 2019||ODI # 4199|
|18||India||v West Indies||Port of Spain||11 Aug 2019||ODI # 4197|
|-||India||v West Indies||Providence||8 Aug 2019||ODI # 4196|
For a large part of his career, it seemed Rohit Sharma's biggest gift was his biggest burden. Languid, easy on the eye, all shots in his armoury, Sharma emerged from Mumbai's suburbs as the heir apparent to the batting greats of the 2000s. Ironically his IPL franchise nicknamed him "Hitman" when he was anything but: more caresser, less hitter.
However, it took time and persistence for him to become the double-hundred machine and IPL-winning phenomenon that he eventually became.
That Rohit had the talent was apparent to both the casual observer and to the trained eye. So while it took time for that batting talent to translate into runs, the casual observers kept getting frustrated, and the trained eyes of the selectors and captains kept backing him. It had Rohit frustrated too, who began to hate the word "talent", which became a pejorative nickname for him on social media. Once it all clicked, though - move to open the batting in ODIs late in 2012 was one particular turning point - it did so spectacularly.
Rohit scored ODI double-hundreds for fun, won five IPLs in its first 12 editions, scored five hundreds at the 2019 ODI World Cup, and when he finally got to open in Tests in 2019, three quick hundreds in his first series, one of them a double. Rohit became one of the colossal six-hitters of his era. So spectacular and certain was his acceleration that people began anticipate a double-century every time he went past a score of 50.
Along the way, his captaincy at Mumbai Indians, whom he led to four titles, won plaudits. He was methodical, studious and calm, using all available technology and data to arrive at decisions. He was an able deputy to Virat Kohli in limited-overs formats in international cricket, winning India two titles in Kohli's absence.