Rohit Sharma Biography

Full Name: Rohit Gurunath Sharma
Born: 30 April 1987 (1987-04-30), Nagpur, Maharashtra, India
Batting style: Right-handed
Bowling style: Right arm off spin
Role: Batsman

Rohit Gurunath Sharma born 30 April 1987 is an Indian cricketer. Sharma is a right-handed middle-order batsman and occasional right-arm offbreak bowler. Having started his international playing career at the age of 20, Sharma quickly exhibited his athletic fielding and cool temperament to compliment his graceful strokeplay. He is pegged by many analysts to be a permanent fixture on the Indian cricket team in the next decade.

Early life
Rohit Sharma was born to Telugu speaking parents from Andhra Pradesh. His mother Purnima Sharma hails from Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. Sharma completed his primary education at Our Lady Of Vailankanni High School, Mumbai. He was later enrolled in the Swami Vivekanand International School on a scholarship, after his talent was noticed by the school's cricket coach Dinesh Lad at a summer camp. He excelled in the Giles and Harris Shield school cricket tournaments, after which he was selected for the Mumbai Under-17 team. He was later chosen for India's Under-17 and Under-19 teams, and made his mark at the 2006 U-19 World Cup in Sri Lanka, finishing among the top run-getters in the tournament. He was enrolled as a student at Rizvi College, Mumbai, before he was called up to the national side.

Indian Premier League
Sharma was signed up by the Deccan Chargers franchise for a sum of US$ 750,000 a year. He was one of the leading run scorers in the 2008 IPL season with 404 runs at an average of 36.72. He also held the coveted Orange Cap for a brief period.

In the 2009 IPL season he was appointed the vice-captain of the Deccan Chargers. In a match against Kolkata Knight Riders where 21 was required off the last over, Sharma scored 26 off the over from Mashrafe Mortaza to seal a win. He was named the best under-23 player of the tournament. In the 2011 IPL auction, he was sold for $2m to the Mumbai Indians.

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