Rohit Sharma’s on field records keep everyone stunned, be it his stunning 209 in an ODI against Australia at Bangalore where he scored 209 runs or his record knock of 264 in an ODI against Sri Lanka at Kolkata. He is also the only batsman to have scored two double hundreds and a 250 in ODIs.
Here, on his 28th Birthday, we take a look at some of the most interesting and some unknown facts about Rohit Sharma –
1) Rohit Sharma can fluently converse in four languages- English, Hindi, Marathi and Telugu. His maternal place is Vishakapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.
2) Like many cricketers, Rohit Sharma did not want to become a batsman. He began his career as an Off-Spinner. But his coach Dinesh Lad (father of Mumbai batsman Sidhesh Lad) noticed Rohit’s potential with the bat and transformed him into a batsman.
3) Rohit Sharma, in his school days bunked his school to meet his idol Virender Sehwag.
4) Rohit Sharma’s parents could not afford to pay his school fees. So, he was given a scholarship in his school just because of his cricketing ability.
5) Despite being a vegetarian, Rohit Sharma is very fond of eggs, but consumes them only outside his home; respecting their tradition. Once Rohit Sharma challenged his friend to eat 50 eggs without a break.
6) Rohit Sharma was the first Indian to score a hundred in T20s when he scored one for Mumbai against Gujarat in the 2006-07 edition of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 competition. He scored 101* off 45 balls with 13 fours and five sixes.
7) Rohit Sharma had revealed that he once went shopping in Australia and bought products (four jeans and 10-15 T-shirts) worth 1.5 lakhs INR.
8) Rohit Sharma had posed for People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) in 2014 in their campaign against circuses.
9) Rohit Sharma is an ardent fan of Manchester United.
10) Rohit Sharma was linked to British- Indian model Sofia Hayat, broke off later.
11) Rohit Sharma is the 2nd Indian to score a century in a knock-out match in ICC World Cup history. First to do so was Sourav Ganguly against Kenya in 2003.
12) If Rohit Sharma was a country, his knock of 264 would have won the 1983, 1987, 1992, 1996 and 1999 World Cup finals.