“Taught us to fight back when people write you off!”


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:

It’s been 15 years since we feel cricket is easy and it’s just because rohit sharma 😍This person has just totally changed Indian cricket with his excellence🤯He’s a Rare* and Optimistic* personality that’s why we call him RO ❤ @ImRo45#15YearsofROHITism https://t.co/kjcGBbJxZl

Rohit Sharma arrived in international cricket on this day 15 years ago. One of the finest talents in world cricket, he has been incredibly good at white-ball cricket for the past decade and is now finding his feet in Test cricket too – The Hitman! https://t.co/kpP9NN8nsY

15 years of ups and downs An inspiring journey @ImRo45 Just need an ICC trophy as captain. https://t.co/gcT9bcrVnX

Rohit Sharma’s 15 years in international cricket, came from Mumbai cricket heritage, became one of the greatest in white ball cricket, captained all formats for India, made a big impact in tests as an opener, inspired young people with his elegance – A Legend. #15YearsOfROHITism https://t.co/QbzewwFrW5

Highlights of Rohit Sharma, the batsman of his 15-year international career so far – 5 cents at the 2019 ODI World Cup. https://t.co/dggD8a1rNK

3 double hundreds, 5,100 on the biggest stage in the world. 4 hundreds of T20I, part of the all-time world cup XI. 6 IPL trophies as a player. One of the greatest cricketers to play the game. May you play forever. @ImRo45 👑 🐐 https://t.co/s71zv6d1cW

On this day in 2007 – Rohit Sharma made his international cricket debut. Today, he is India’s captain in all three formats and one of India’s greatest batsmen. And he inspired this modern generation with his elegance, his class. Absolute legend of the game. https://t.co/KZtfyqlAPu

It’s been 15 years since my man got his start in international cricket what a journey has been more than just a cricketer he taught us how to fight back when people still write you off a super proud fan of him keep shining RO . We love you ❤️ @ImRo45 @mipaltan#15YearsOfROHITism https://t.co/HWxkexeaBP

On this day, 15 years ago, Rohit Sharma made his international debut. Rest, as they say, is part of the story. He always had the talent, but it wasn’t until after 2013 that it became his own. (1/2)@ImRo45 https://t.co/HEI3iuYM7S


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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Edited by Sudeshna Banerjee




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