One of the most impressive limited-overs openers of all time, India's Rohit Sharma express his hungry for ICC World Cup success.
One of the most impressive limited-overs openers of all time, India's Rohit Sharma express his hungry for ICC World Cup success.

Rohit Gurunath Sharma (born 30 April 1987) is an Indian international cricketer who plays for Mumbai in domestic cricket and captains Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League as a right-handed batsman and an occasional right-arm off break bowler. He is the vice-captain of the Indian national team in limited-overs formats. He is the only cricketer in the history of cricket to score more than one ODI double-hundred, having scored three of them. In January 2020, Sharma was named as the ODI Cricketer of the Year by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Rohit Sharma’s view on ICC World Cup success

Rohit experienced the thrill of being part of a World Cup-winning outfit, when India lifted the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in the inaugural 2007 edition in South Africa.

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But having missed out on being a part of the 2011 fifty-over edition, Rohit hasn’t experienced that delight in 13 years and is keen to set that right.

“Winning the World Cup is a dream of all us, together,” he told India Today. “I want to win World Cups. Of course, every time you go out there, you want to win every game. But the World Cup is something that you know is the pinnacle of everything. I want to win World Cups.”

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Rohit has forged a stellar career as a limited-overs batsman at the top of the order. Across ODIs and T20Is, he has scored 11,888 runs, averaging close to 50 in the fifty-over format and striking at an outstanding 138.78 in the shorter form. His record in World Cups is better still, as he’s raked up 1,651 runs at an average of 51.59 across both formats. Most recently, in 2019, he was even the top-scorer, with 648 runs.

But he has matured greatly in Test cricket too. From 32 matches, he has scored 2,141 runs at an average of 46.54. In 2019, he made 556 runs at an average of 92.66 and was instrumental to India’s successes against South Africa and Bangladesh at home.

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His average overseas stands at a modest 26.32 so far, but he is keen to set that right. After having missed the series in New Zealand at the start of the year through injury, he has his eyes set on the Australia tour, which is slated to begin towards the end of 2020.

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“I was quite looking forward to playing in the challenging conditions in New Zealand but unfortunately the injury happened at the wrong time,” he said. “I can’t wait to go in Australia and test myself. “Australia, in their own backyard and with those two guys, it will be a different ball game, I know that,” Rohit said. “As a team, we are also playing our best cricket right now… If it happens, it’ll be a great series to be part of.”