15 years ago, a youngster by the name of Rohit Sharma made his international debut for India on this day in an ODI against Ireland. Having shown much promise in domestic cricket, great things were destined for the youngster.
Although success didn’t come easy to Rohit at first, he showed a willingness to work hard and eventually vindicated his talent with consistency.
The 35-year-old has always been seen as someone with a lot of potential. But then it turned into a run-machine and became one of the greatest India has ever produced.
Fans on Twitter have hailed Rohit Sharma for his contribution to international cricket over the past 15 years and hope the India captain continues to be strong for many years to come. Here are some of the reactions:
Rohit Sharma transformed after being passed over for the 2011 World Cup
The 2007 T20 World Cup was where Rohit Sharma first made a name for himself, playing hard-hitting shots first against South Africa and then in the final against Pakistan. He was someone who would go down the order and play these practical cameos.
Rohit quickly became an important part of the Deccan Chargers in the IPL and also won the tournament’s emerging player award in 2009.
India then failed miserably in the 2010 T20 World Cup. But his half-century against Australia showed he was not someone who would be intimidated by short-pitch bowling.
Rohit Sharma scored his first ODI cent against Zimbabwe that year and it looked like he would make the 2011 World Cup squad. However, his form took a dive and he was broken to miss a chance in gold.
Sharma was in and out of the squad until the 2013 Champions Trophy where MS Dhoni asked him to open the innings and he hasn’t looked back since. His five centuries in the 2019 World Cup and his three ODI double hundreds are a statement that he is one of the best openers India have ever produced.
That same year, Rohit also started opening India’s innings in Test cricket and it was then that he became a regular in all formats for the team. From not being selected for the 2018 England Test tour to captaining India on the same tour four years later, Rohit has indeed come a long way.
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