Often called as “Hitman”, Rohit Sharma has gradually become the stalwart of the Indian team in the limited-overs format. Although he has not got an opportunity to lead the Indian side, he can be a good captain as well due to his terrific track record with Mumbai Indians in the IPL. Rohit made his international debut in 2007 in an ODI fixture against Ireland. He has 45+ averages in the Test and ODI format, and is the second highest run-scorer for India in the T20I format averaging 32.54. Here are the 10 interesting facts about the India’s opener Rohit Sharma.
1. Fluency to speak 4 Languages
Rohit was born in Bansod, Maharashtra and his mother hails from Vizag, Andhra Pradesh. In this way, Rohit can speak Hindi, English, Marathi, and Telugu.
2. Consumes Eggs outside his home
Hitman is originally a vegetarian, but is fond of eating eggs, which comes quite naturally being a sportsperson. But, he respects the family tradition and consumes eggs outside his home only.
3. Started his Ranji career as an off-spinner
The ace batter started his career as an off-spinner, but his childhood coach Dinesh Lad saw his potential with the bat and turned him into a batsman.
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4. First Indian to hit a century in T20 format
During the Syed Mushtaq Ali match against Gujarat in 2006-07, Rohit scored an unbeaten 101 off 45 balls and became the first batsman from India to hit a century.
5. Most Sixes for India in International Cricket
Hitman has been phenomenal with his ball-striking capabilities and has hit 439 sixes, which is highest by an Indian and 3rd overall.
6. First Cricketer to score Three Double centuries in ODIs
The career of Rohit Sharma boomed after being promoted to the top order and is the first cricketer to score 3 double centuries in ODIs. He achieved the feat in 2013 against Australia, in 2014 and 2017 against West Indies.
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7. Most Centuries by Batsman in a single World Cup edition
The opener of the Indian team was the leading run-scorer in the 2019 World Cup. Rohit hit 648 runs in 9 matches, including 5 centuries, which is the most by any player in a single edition of World Cup.
8. Joint-fastest to score fastest Hundred in T20Is
Rohit Sharma has hit a total of 4 centuries in the T20I format. His ton against Sri Lanka in 2017 came in 35 balls, and holds a record of joint-fastest 100 with David Miller.
9. First Batsman to have 3 Centuries across all formats
Rohit is the only international player to have hit 3 centuries in the Tests, ODI, and T20I format. He scored his first overseas ton in the England vs India 4th Test Match at Oval, 2021.
10. Most IPL titles as a captain
Last but not not the least, Hitman has helped the Mumbai Indians to lift the IPL title for 5 times, in 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, and 2020. He was handed over the captaincy in 2013, which have worked wonders for the franchise.
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