The surname Sharma is pretty common in India. In every lane of the nation, there is atleast one family with the surname Sharma. The Indian cricket team has been no exception here. There have been numerous Sharma’s who have gone on to play for India and done well.
In this article, we have a look at all the Sharmas who have donned the Indian colors for Team India –
1. KARN SHARMA:
Karn first grabbed the eyeballs in the 2013 edition of the IPL while playing second fiddle to Amit Mishra for the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Karn is a wrist spinner with an unorthodox bowling action. After impressing everyone in the IPL, Sharma finally got his due credit and debuted against England in a T20 game in Birmingham. He made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka and soon earned his test cap against Australia. Karn has a bright future ahead of him.
2. MOHIT SHARMA:
Like Karn, this Sharma too took the 2013 IPL by storm. The Haryanvi pacer was the find of the 2013 edition of the IPL. Mohit while playing for the Chennai Super Kings was terrific with the ball and his accuracy was his biggest strength. His death bowling skills are fantastic and he is a very canny customer. Sharma soon played his first game for India against Zimbabwe and was the Man of the Match in that very game. He had a great 2015 World Cup as well.
3. RAHUL SHARMA:
The tall Punjab leg spinner first burst onto the scene in the 2011 IPL. Rahul was a very difficult bowler to handle because of the excess bounce which he generated. He made his debut for India in 2011 against West Indies and took 3 wickets. Rahul though, hit rock bottom when he was caught in a drug raid along with South African cricketer Wayne Parnell. Since then, Rahul has struggled to even be a part of his domestic side.
4. ROHIT SHARMA:
Undoubtedly the best batsmen among all the Sharmas, Rohit has been a star for India. Rohit is the only batsman in ODI’s to have scored two double tons. His knock of 264 is the highest individual score in ODI’s. Sharma made his ODI debut against Ireland but grabbed eyeballs in the 2007 T20 World Cup. Known for his elegance and style, Rohit is a successful opener for India and his numbers paint a lovely portrait of him.
5. ISHANT SHARMA:
Ishant, now the spearhead of the Indian bowling attack in tests has had an inconsistent career. On some days, he looks the most menacing of bowlers, and on others, he looks like a rookie. Inconsistency and waywardness has dented Ishant’s career to a great extent. However, in the last couple of years, Sharma has been fantastic in tests and has improved big time. He will be the spine of the Indian bowling in upcoming years. A lot will depend on his contribution.
6. JOGINDER SHARMA:
This Sharma is best remembered for his World Cup winning delivery to Misbah Ul Haq in the final of the 2007 T20 World Cup. Joginder made his debut for India in 2004 against Bangladesh but could not sustain his place in the side. Joginder plays for Haryana in the Ranji Trophy and does well for them consistently. Joginder even played in the IPL for Chennai Super Kings.
7. AJAY SHARMA:
A first class average of 67.46 is what batsmen often dream of. But Ajay Sharma never felt proud of having such a feat and rather wasted his talent by indulging in match fixing. Ajay was a run machine for Delhi but never got the chance to play for India. In the infamous 2000 match fixing episode, his name emerged and he was among the guilty. The Delhi wicketkeeper received a life ban in return and since then, lives a quiet life.
8. GOPAL SHARMA:
Gopal was a fine off spinner and had a great record in the domestic circuit. But with the Indian side already filled with some exceptional spinners, Gopal hardly got a chance. All Gopal got was a run of five test matches and 11 ODI’s. He played for India between 1985 and 1990. Later, Gopal was a part of the selection committee.
9. SANJEEV SHARMA:
This talented all rounder played for India between 1988 and 1990. He batted well and his medium pace was more than handy. Like several other individuals, inconsistency hurt him big time and all Sanjeev could get was 2 tests 23 ODI’s. He later ran his own cricket academy and coached Delhi.
10. CHETAN SHARMA:
This seamer, best known for his hattrick in the 1987 World Cup was a regular for team India. Chetan was also the first bowler to ring a hattrick in World Cup history. He made his debut at the young age of 17 in 1983. These days, Chetan Sharma is seen in the Hindi commentary box of IPL games.
11. YASHPAL SHARMA:
Yashpal Sharma is Chetan’s uncle and was a part of the 1983 World Cup winning team. His contribution in the 1983 World Cup was immense as he dismissed the threatening Viv Richards in the final. Yashpal played 37 tests and 42 ODI’s for India. He later coached Uttar Pradesh and was also the national selector from 2003 to 2006.
12. PARTHASARTHY SHARMA:
This Rajasthan batsman’s career lasted for a little over 2 years. His most significant contribution to Indian cricket though came through coaching. He coached and mentored several batsmen who later went on to become reputed names. Parthasarthy was the one who improved Rahul Dravid’s technique and closely mentored Gautam Gambhir. He also coached the likes of Robin Uthappa, Suresh Raina and Piyush Chawla. He died in 2010 at the age of 62.