Rohit Gurunath Sharma is an international cricketer from India. He is also a philanthropist and an advocate for animal welwafe.
Sharma is an aggressive batsman with elegance and style. Here are 13 more facts about him:
- He was born in Nagpur, Maharashtra, India on April20, 1987 to Gurunath Sharma and Purnima Sharma. He was raised by his grandparents and uncles in Borivali, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.
- He is 5’7″.
- In 1999, he joined a cricket camp. His coach Dinesh Lad convinced him to transfer to Swami Vivekanand International School in Mumbai where he was the coach.
- In 2008, he joined the Indian Premier League (IPL). He signed by the Deccan Chargers, which is based in Hyderabad, India, for $750,000 a year.
- In 2011, he was soled to the Mumbai Indians for $2 million. Under his leadership, the team won the IPL in 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019.
- On November 13, 2014, he scored 264 against Sri Lanka at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, India. This is the world record for the highest individual score by a batsman playing in a one-day international match.
- In 2015, he received the Arjuna Award and the GQ award for Sportsman of the Year. In February 2015, he joined People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to support sterilization of homeless cats and dogs. In September 2015, he joined an anti-poaching campaign in Kenya to save the last surviving northern white rhinoceros and other wild animals of Africa. In December 2015, he married Ritika Sajdeh.
- In December 2018, Sahdej gave birth to their first child.
- On his first appearance as an opening batsman during a test match against South Africa on October 5, 2019, he became the first batsman to score two centuries in a match.
- In 2020, he received the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna. In January 2020, the International Cricket Council (ICC) named his as the ODI Player of the Year.