Rohit Sharma got the title of Hitman in Cricket after his spectacular performance in 2013.
Born on 30 April 1987 in Bansod, Nagpur, Maharashtra, Rohit Gurunath Sharma made to the highlights for hitting sixes with ease. Though he started his career in 2007 he got the recognition only after 2013 as he got promoted as an opening batsman at that time by the then captain MS Dhoni.
After getting promoted from a middle-order player he established himself as one of the top batsmen by breaking several records.
Mumbai Indians captain who is loved for his exuberant style of batting got nicknamed a hitman by a broadcaster when he was heading for a flash interview after hitting his maiden double century in his 7th ODI in Bengaluru. In this match, Rohit smashed 209 off 158 balls which included 12 fours and 16 sixes.
In an Instagram live session, the hitman himself revealed how it all started
“209 when I scored that runs and I was walking back to the pavilion and they called me for that flash interview after the innings got over and I was very tired. I told the media manager I can’t go now; please take someone else. He said ‘this is kind of a record, you have to come and it goes worldwide and I said okay I’ll come.
I went down and met PD, a broadcaster, who told me ‘Man, you played like a hitman’. That’s how it started and then Ravi Bhai was there towards the end of the presentation and he introduced me like that ‘They call him a hitman’.
I think I was the man of the series in that tournament so he was interviewing me and he called me “Hitman” and that’s how it started.”
Rohit proved that he has not become the hitman of cricket by fluke by making and breaking several records.
Batting Career Summary
Key Records In 2021
Australia (173/2) defeated New Zealand (172/4) by eight wickets in the final of the T20 World Cup in Dubai on November 14, 2021 – a maiden T20 title for them.
3299 runs scored at an average of 32.66 in 112 matches by Martin Guptill, a T20I record His 165 sixes are also a world record in the T20 International format.
36 Runs scored by Kieron Pollard (666666) off Akila Dananjaya at Antigua on March 3, 2021, emulating a world record for most runs off an over by Yuvraj Singh (666666) off Stuart Broad against England at Durban on September 19, 2007.
1708 runs at an average of 61, including six hundred and four fifties, in 15 Tests by Joe Root in 2021. It is not just an England record but also the most runs scored by a captain in a calendar year in Test cricket.
53 Number of matches Rashid Khan took to get to the milestone of 100 wickets in T20 Internationals, the fastest.
47.68 Average of Rohit in Tests in 2021 — the highest among the Indian batsmen with 300 runs or more. With 906 Runs, he was also the highest run-getter by an Indian 80% Success rate enjoyed by Rohit Sharma (8 wins out of 10) – the best among the Indian captains in ODIs (minimum 10 matches).
With his 127 in the fourth Test at The Oval, he broke the jinx of not scoring an overseas hundred. All his previous seven three-figure scores were in India
He remains the only batsman in the world to have a fifty-plus average in ODls for eight successive years from 2013 to 2020.
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