Ultimate XI T20 Openers: Rohit Sharma

By Sports Desk July 30, 2020
Rohit Sharma Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma debuted for India in T20 internationals during the 2007 ICC World Twenty20 and was part of the World Cup-winning Indian national team. He is only the second cricketer to have scored a century in all three formats on the international stage. Sharma is the second Indian batsman after Virat Kohli, and fifth worldwide to score 2,000 runs in Twenty20 internationals.

Sharma has had one of the most successful and illustrious IPL careers ever. He debuted in the IPL in 2008. He was signed by the Deccan Chargers franchise, based in Hyderabad. His contract got him a whopping US$750,000 a year. Although he was selected as a batsman, he proved his worth as a bowler too.

 

Career Statistics (2007-present)

Full name: Rohit Gurunath Sharma

Born: April 30, 1987, Bansod, Nagpur, Maharashtra

Major teams: India, Air India, Deccan Chargers, India A, India Blue, India Green, India Red, India Under-19s, Indian Board President's XI, Indian Oil Corporation XI, Mumbai, Mumbai Cricket Association President's XI, Mumbai Cricket Association XI, Mumbai Indians, Mumbai Under-19s, Rest of India, West Zone

Playing role: Top-order batsman

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm off-break

 

T20I Career

Mat    Inns    NO      Runs   HS       Ave     BF       SR       100     50       4s        6s            

108     100     15       2773    118     32.62  1998   138.78       4      21       245     127    

 

T20 Career

Mat    Inns    NO      Runs   HS       Ave     BF       SR       100     50       4s        6s             

328     315     47       8642  118      32.24   6463   133.71       6      60       763     361    

 

Career Highlights

  • Most-capped Indian cricketer in T20Is (108)
  • 2nd most runs all-time in T20I, 2773- avg. 32.63
  • 2nd Indian cricketer to score centuries in all three formats
  • Record for most sixes in T20Is (127)
  • First and only batsman to score (4) T20I centuries
  • 3rd highest runs scorer in IPL history (4898)
  • 8642 total T20 runs at an average of 32.24

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