Rohit Sharma is an Indian professional cricketer who bats for Mumbai in the IPL franchise and captains Mumbai Indians presently. He is currently the vice-captain for the Indian national team, having previously been an assistant coach at a club side in Kerala. He made his first-class debut in the 2021 season, making three appearances for the Mumbai Indians. In the 2021-08 IPL season, he was part of the side that was relegated from the main league, and was part of that team’s comeback victory against the Kolkata Knight Riders.
After IPL 4 in 2021, where the Mumbai Indians won a record 16 matches out of a possible 18, the expectations for the club and player increased significantly. With the huge money wage package offered by IPL, many other teams in India tried to lure players with big pay packets, thereby reducing the pool of players available for the IPL.
Growing up in the rural backwaters in West Bengal, Rohit began playing cricket at a very early age, and was a regular member of the school cricket team for the better part of two years. As a child, he also became a very good swimmer and took up diving as a sport. However, while studying commerce in college in Kolkata, he realised that cricket could provide him with an alternate means of earning a living, and he switched over from cricket to the game of cricketers. He joined the prestigious Deccan Gymkhana club and even batted for the club before he made his debut for the Indian team in the 1994 World Cup. Even then he was not sure about playing cricket professionally, but when a match for Delhi against the Asian powerhouse of Pakistan came up, he changed his mind.
After scoring a century in his first ever international match, in a tournament in West Indies, India got their first golden bat award. He has gone on to be the leading batsman in the world in Tests, hundreds, and centuries, and is the only person to have won the coveted Test player of the year award twice, at the same stage of this year. In fact, just the four matches he has missed have given him enough time to score more than fifty hundreds in the Natatorium and beyond.
Rohit had also missed a couple of matches due to a finger injury sustained while playing for his country in the Caribbean in 2021. This did not seem to deter him from pushing on with his efforts to make a place in the Indian team. The entire India team were all too aware of his capabilities, having previously played with the Mumbai Indians as well as in the Caribbean, where he helped his team win the title in that year. However, despite missing a couple of matches, his tally to the century mark remains steady and bodes well for the future as well as the present.
There is no doubt that Rohit has the raw material to become one of the best batsmen in the world. His blistering pace and off-spin are unrivalled in the game of cricket. It is little wonder that the selectors feel that he is one of the best options available to them at the national level. Not only will he add plenty to the already potent Indian cricketers, but he will add even more value to the already burgeoning Indian cricketing talent pool. A player of Rohit’s caliber is always welcome in a country and given the chance to prove himself, he is sure to make a name for himself wherever he goes.