India skipper Rohit Sharma has seen the highest of highs and the lowest of lows in his cricketing career. He has won the T20 World Cup in 2007, multiple IPL championships, and is the first cricketer to hit three double centuries in ODI cricket. However, before stepping foot in the professional world, Rohit faced other challenges, which he had to overcome.
In a recent interview, Rohit spoke about his humble beginnings. He revealed that at least 10-11 people in his family used to sleep in the same room when he was growing up. His grandfather used to sleep in bed, while everyone else was on the floor. Rohit recalled the times when there was no leg space for him so he used to curl up to sleep well.
“You know, that was our room. 10-11 of us used to sleep. The grandfather on the bed, me, uncles, aunts, grandmother on the floor. I would curl up. I had a thing, I had to touch someone or something with my leg. I would sleep towards the wall, my leg touching it. Else, I can’t sleep,” Rohit Sharma was quoted as saying by Indian Express.
Rohit Sharma said “That was our room (a small rectangular area) – 10 to 11 of us used to sleep there – the grandfather on bed, me, uncles, aunts, grandmother on floor so I have seen those days, I know nothing come easy in life so I have to work hard & whatever I am today, it’s… pic.twitter.com/GF3NcaiJM0
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Rohit also revealed that his grandfather later asked his parents to keep him with them and take his brother with them to Dombivli. Thus, at the age of three, Rohit was separated from his parents for some time as he lived in Borivali while his parents were some 50 kilometers away.
“Dadaji had said, ‘Rohit ko idhar chhod de, aur chhote wale ko leke ja apne sath’ (leave Rohit with us and take the little one with you). That’s how I stayed in Borivali while my grandparents and brother stayed in Dombivli (50 kms away). In some 100-odd square feet house, we used to stay, eight of us,” Rohit Sharma added.
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Rohit mentioned playing cricket in the gullies of Borivali and even was involved in a fight during one of the matches. Despite the challenges he faced, Rohit Sharma persevered and went on to become one of the greatest cricketers of all time. His story is an inspiration to us all.