Rohit Sharma: A look at his career-defining moments
Rohit Sharma is undoubtedly one of the top Indian cricketers today. While he might not be at the same level as Virat Kohli, he has certainly taken his career to an elite level in the past few years while playing for India, and also Mumbai Indians (MI) in the IPL. On the same note, we take a look at his career-defining moments so far.
Playing crucial role in Deccan Chargers' IPL win
While he made his international debut in 2007, it was in 2009 he first shot to prominence, as he played a crucial role in Deccan Chargers' IPL title win. Having finished as the third-highest run-getter, and the highest among Indians, for the side, his 362 runs at an average of 27.84 caught attention.
A triple century in Ranji Trophy
Following up on his good form from the IPL, Rohit continued with the same momentum in the domestic circuit as he scored a commendable triple century in the Ranji Trophy against Gujarat. It was owing to this knock he was recalled to the Indian side for a tri-series in Bangladesh as a replacement for Sachin Tendulkar. It was thereon, he became a familiar face.
Ax from 2011 ICC World Cup-winning side
Now, this might not be a top moment in Rohit's' career, but it certainly became a turning point. It was owing to this ax he developed a killer-instinct within himself and started preparing hard for his permanent return to the Indian squad. He focused on his fitness and worked closely with Abhishek Nayar on the same before returning for the 2011 Windies tour.
Leading Mumbai to first-ever IPL title win
Following Tendulkar's retirement, Ricky Ponting led Mumbai initially, before Rohit was handed the job. In 2013, it was under his leadership Mumbai won their first-ever IPL title. The moment drew high acclaim from experts and backed him for captaincy for the Indian team in the future. To date, he is the most successful IPL captain, having won the title on four occasions.
Scoring the highest individual ODI score
Undoubtedly, the greatest moment in Rohit's career has to be the moment when he scored the highest knock in ODI history. Playing against a bruised Sri Lankan side, he defied all odds to score a fascinating knock of 264. Not just it was the highest ODI knock, he also became the first batsman to score a double hundred on multiple occasions. Simply ruthless!