The Indian deputy skipper ins ODIs and T20Is, Rohit Sharma made his international debut 13 years ago against Ireland in Belfast. He started his international career as a middle-order batsman, but now he has established himselfas one of the most prolific openers of the modern-day cricket. The Indian opener, who enjoys a massive fan-following on the social media, received warm wishes from his followers on his special day.
Overwhelmed with the love showered upon him by his fans, Rohit tweeted a heartfelt message on his official handle. Recalling his humble beginnings, India’s limited-overs vice-captain said that he “never thought” that “playing in the gullies of Borivali” would lead him to achieve his dream of playing cricket for the country.
Tweeting about the same, Sharma wrote, “Grateful for 13 amazing years and counting… never thought that playing in the gullies of Borivali would lead to this some day, me living my dream”.
Grateful for 13 amazing years and counting… never thought that playing in the gullies of Borivali would lead to this some day, me living my dream 🙏
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) June 23, 2020
Apart from his batting, Rohit has also emerged as the most successful captain in the Indian Premier League (IPL) as he led the franchise Mumbai Indians (MI) to four IPL titles. Mumbai Indians were among many who led the wishes on the micro-blogging site.
#OnThisDay in 2007 at Belfast, Hitman wore an India shirt for the very first time in international cricket 🏏
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) June 23, 2020
For the first six years of his international career, Rohit always batted in the middle order and couldn’t leave much of an impact on the game. In 2013, MS Dhoni asked Rohit to open the innings and since then he hasn’t looked back.
Rohit has so far played 224 ODIs scoring 9115 runs at an impressive average of 49.27. He is the only player in the world to score three double hundreds in the 50-over format.
In the shortest format, Rohit has 2773 runs at a powerful strike rate of 138.78.