Rohit Gurunath Sharma is an Indian international cricketer who has served as the captain of the Indian national team from 30 April 1987. Sharma was born in India on 30 April 1987. He bats right-handed and opens the batting for the Mumbai Indians team in the Indian Premier League. Additionally, he occasionally bowls right-arm off break for the opposition. In the domestic cricket competition, he plays for Mumbai. Under his direction, the Mumbai Indians have amassed a record number of victories within the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Sharma is the only player to have scored three double century in one-day internationals and currently holds the world record for the highest individual score (264) in a one-day international match. He also is the only player to have scored a 264 in a one-day international match. As a result of his performance in the 2019 World Cup, the International Cricket Council (ICC) named him the Men’s One-Day International Cricketer of the Year for 2019. Sharma is a recipient of two national honors, the Arjuna Award in 2015 and the renowned Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna in 2020. Both of these awards were presented to Sharma.

Outside of the sport of cricket, Sharma is a vocal advocate for a variety of animal rights causes. In addition to being a member of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, he holds the position of official Rhino Ambassador for WWF-India (PETA). He has collaborated with PETA in its effort to raise awareness of the situation of homeless cats and dogs in India by working on the organization’s campaign.

Sharma was born on April 30th, 1987 in the city of Bansod, which is located in the state of Maharashtra. His mother, Purnima Sharma, is an Andhra Pradesh native and is originally from Visakhapatnam. His father, Gurunath Sharma, worked as a custodian of the storage facility for a transportation company. As a result of his father’s lack of financial stability, Sharma was brought up in Borivali by his grandparents and uncles. Only on weekends did he make the trip to Dombivli, where his parents had a home consisting of just one room, to see them. He is the older brother of Vishal Sharma, who is their younger sibling.

In 1999, Sharma used the money that belonged to his uncle to enroll in a cricket camp. His coach at the camp, Dinesh Lad, suggested to him that he transfer to Swami Vivekanand International School because the cricket facilities there were superior to those at Sharma’s previous school. Lad was the coach at Swami Vivekanand International School. Sharma reflects on it like this: “I told him that I was unable to pay for it, but he found a way to get me a scholarship. For a period of four years, therefore, I didn’t have to pay anything, and I was successful in my cricket “. After Lad took notice of Sharma’s potential as a batsman and moved him up the order from number eight to the top of the order, Sharma had begun his career as an off-spinner who could also bat. In the school cricket championships for the Harris and Giles Shield, he was a standout performer, making a century on his debut as an opener.

In March of 2005, Sharma competed for West Zone at the Deodhar Trophy match versus Central Zone in Gwalior. The match was part of the List A competition. He scored 31 runs while batting in the eighth position, and West Zone won the match by three wickets with 24 balls left to play. Both Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravindra Jadeja made their first-ever appearances in the game at the same time. In the same event, Sharma’s undefeated innings of 142 runs off 123 balls versus North Zone at the Maharanna Bhupal College Ground in Udaipur was the performance that propelled him to the forefront of public attention. He traveled to Abu Dhabi and Australia with the India A team, and after that, he was put on India’s 30-member probables list for the next ICC Champions Trophy event, despite the fact that he was not selected for the final selection.

In July of 2006, Sharma made his debut for India A in the first-class competition against New Zealand A in Darwin. He had scores of 57 and 22, helping India to a victory by three wickets. During the 2006–07 season, he made his debut for Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy and scored 205 runs off 267 balls in a match against Gujarat. The rest of the tournament was won by Mumbai, and Sharma contributed to the victory by hitting 57 runs in his second innings during the championship match versus Bengal.

Mumbai is where Sharma has played all of his domestic first-class cricket throughout his whole career. His score of 309 not out in the Ranji Trophy match against Gujarat in December 2009 was the greatest of his career to that point. After Ajit Agarkar announced his retirement in October 2013, he was given the position of team captain in preparation for the 2013–14 season.

In 2008, Sharma became a member of the Indian Premier League (IPL) after being offered a contract by the Deccan Chargers franchise, which is located in Hyderabad and pays its players an annual salary of US$750,000. At the auction in 2011, he was purchased by the Mumbai Indians for a price of US$2 million. He batted 109 (not out) against the Kolkata Knight Riders during the 2012 tournament, which was the only time he reached the century mark in the IPL. As a result of his leadership, Mumbai has won the Indian Premier League in 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, and 2020. Additionally, they won the Champions League Twenty20 competition in 2013.

Sharma is one of the most successful players in the Indian Premier League (IPL). He has served as the captain of the Mumbai Indians since 2013, and the team has won the event five times while he has been in charge.

As of this month (March 2022), he is one of just six players in the tournament to have accumulated 5,000 runs over the course of their careers. After Virat Kohli (6,283) and Shikhar Dhawan (5,611), Sharma is the third-highest run scorer in the Indian Premier League. He has scored 5,611 runs, including one century and 40 half centuries (5,784)

Sharma is a powerful batsman who nevertheless manages to play the game with style and grace. In cricket with limited overs, he opens the batting the most of the time, but he has spent the majority of his career batting in the middle order for Test matches. In the game of cricket played with a limited number of overs, Sharma is largely regarded as one of the game’s most outstanding batting performers.

Sharma is said to have a batting style that is comparable to that of Virender Sehwag and Viv Richards, according to Sunil Gavaskar. Gavaskar wrote the following in his column for The Times of India in the month of November 2018:

Rohit Sharma has been the team’s most consistent player, shining brightest not only in the limited overs series but also in the T20 series. Once he gets going, he is unbeatable, just like Virender Sehwag was before him, and just like Viru, he has a voracious desire for scoring big hundreds. Consternation would spread across the ground whenever Viru would get out while trying to hit another delivery out of the park. Nowadays, the same thing happens whenever Rohit gets out to a shot that appears to be a carefree one. If Rohit can replicate his success with the white ball in red ball cricket, he will surpass Viv Richards and Virender Sehwag as the most destructive batsmen in the world.

Even though Sharma does not typically bowl, he has the ability to bowl right-arm off-spin. He fields in the slips most of the time, and he has stated that this is an aspect of his game that he focuses a lot of his energy on improving.