Full name Rohit Gurunath Sharma
Born April 30, 1987, Bansod, Nagpur, Maharashtra
Current age 33 years 300 days
Major teams India, Air India, Deccan Chargers, India A, India Blue, India Green, India Red, India Under-19s, Indian Board President's XI, Indian Oil Corporation XI, Mumbai, Mumbai Cricket Association President's XI, Mumbai Cricket Association XI, Mumbai Indians, Mumbai Under-19s, Rest of India, West Zone
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 England at Chennai, Feb 13-16, 2021 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Ireland v India at Belfast, Jun 23, 2007 scorecard|
|Last ODI||India v Australia at Bengaluru, Jan 19, 2020 scorecard|
|T20I debut||England v India at Durban, Sep 19, 2007 scorecard|
|Last T20I||New Zealand v India at Mount Maunganui, Feb 2, 2020 scorecard|
|First-class debut||India A v New Zealand A at Darwin, Jul 11-14, 2006 scorecard|
|Last First-class||India v England at Chennai, Feb 13-16, 2021 scorecard|
|List A debut||Central Zone v West Zone at Gwalior, Feb 25, 2006 scorecard|
|Last List A||India v Australia at Bengaluru, Jan 19, 2020 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Baroda v Mumbai at Mumbai, Apr 3, 2007 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Delhi Capitals v Mumbai Indians at Dubai (DSC), Nov 10, 2020 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|161, 26||India||v England||Chennai||13 Feb 2021||Test # 2411|
|0/7, 6, 12||India||v England||Chennai||5 Feb 2021||Test # 2409|
|0/1, 44, 7||India||v Australia||Brisbane||15 Jan 2021||Test # 2404|
|26, 52||India||v Australia||Sydney||7 Jan 2021||Test # 2402|
|68||Mum Indians||v Capitals||Dubai (DSC)||10 Nov 2020||T20|
|0||Mum Indians||v Capitals||Dubai (DSC)||5 Nov 2020||T20|
|4||Mum Indians||v Sunrisers||Sharjah||3 Nov 2020||T20|
|9||Mum Indians||v Kings XI||Dubai (DSC)||18 Oct 2020||T20|
|35||Mum Indians||v KKR||Abu Dhabi||16 Oct 2020||T20|
|5||Mum Indians||v Capitals||Abu Dhabi||11 Oct 2020||T20|
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 Sharma 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 Sharma 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.
Sharma 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. Sharma 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.