Full Name

Rohit Gurunath Sharma

Born

April 30, 1987, Bansod, Nagpur, Maharashtra

Age

36y 305d

Batting Style

Right hand Bat

Bowling Style

Right arm Offbreak

Playing Role

Top order Batter

Languid and easy on the eye, Rohit Sharma owned all the shots in the book when he emerged from the Mumbai suburbs as heir apparent to the Indian batting greats of the 2000s. It took him time and persistence, but by the 2010s he had become a colossus in white-ball cricket, and the man in charge of perhaps the most formidable league team in the first age of T20.

That Rohit had talent was apparent to both the casual observer and to the trained eye. Fans were frustrated at the long wait for the potential to translate into runs, though selectors and captains, knowing better, kept backing him. At one point the word "talent" was Rohit's bugbear, a pejorative nickname for him on social media. Once it all clicked, though - the move to open the batting in ODIs late in 2012 was one particular turning point - things came together spectacularly.

Rohit scored ODI double-hundreds for fun, won six IPLs in the first 15 editions of the tournament, 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 in the role, one of them a double.

Ironically his IPL franchise nicknamed him "Hitman" when he was anything but: more caresser, less hitter. But Rohit still became known as one of the foremost hitters of colossal sixes of his era. So spectacular and certain was his acceleration that people began anticipate a massive score every time he went past 50.

His captaincy at Mumbai Indians, whom he led to five titles, won plaudits. He proved himself a methodical, studious and calm leader, one not averse to using 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, and took over as captain in all formats in 2022.

Rohit Sharma Career Stats

Batting & Fielding

FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Tests5810010403421244.82708956.90111743981590
ODIs262254361070926449.121164491.973155994323930
T20Is151143183974121*31.792839139.97529359190600
FC119191199020309*52.441472761.24283710381601030
List A333321441295126446.75--3468--1170
T20s4264135011156121*30.738336133.8277410004871660

Bowling

FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Tests581638322421/261/35112.003.50191.5000
ODIs2623959852292/272/2758.005.2366.4000
T20Is15196811311/221/22113.009.9768.0000
FC1197021531154244/415/8548.083.2189.7100
List A3337113721169314/284/2837.705.1144.2100
T20s42659635830294/64/628.627.8421.8100
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Rohit Sharma greets his match-winners, Shubman Gill and Dhruv Jurel
Rohit Sharma scored a half-century from the top of the order
Ben Foakes stumps Rohit Sharma; the batter had got a faint outside edge as well
Rohit Sharma looked in good touch on the fourth morning
Rohit Sharma flicks one for a six
Rohit Sharma peppered boundaries through the leg-side early in the chase