IPL 2022: Mumbai Indians' Captain Rohit Sharma Turns 35

On April 30, Rohit Sharma celebrated his 35th birthday. The cricket community is honouring the life and career of one of the game's most incredible batters. As he turns a year older and wiser, Indian cricket fans hope that the superstar cricketer has a successful year on and off the field.

"Wishing you a very happy birthday Sham! May you always keep up with the humour and put a smile on everyone's face and be the loving family man you always are," tweeted Dinesh Karthik.

Rohit is famous for his exceptional timing and ball-striking prowess, particularly in limited-overs cricket. Defunct Deccan Chargers were the first team to give 'Hitman' a taste of the Indian Premier League back in 2008. He played for the team for three straight seasons as a regular starter at the top of the batting order. While playing for the Deccan Chargers, he won his first IPL championship.

After a rough start in 2015, the Rohit Sharma-led team surprised everyone by winning their second IPL championship. The captain's legacy continued as he won three more IPL titles with Mumbai Indians in 2017, 2019, and 2020.

Rohit Sharma's captaincy

Rohit was given the role as a result of Kohli's unexpected decision to step down as Test captain after India's three-Test series defeat in South Africa. When he was promoted to begin the batting in 2019, the great batter was still fighting to make his way into the starting XI.

With an outstanding performance at the plate, he cemented his place as a vital member of the Australian Test squad. When Rohit was named as the Test captain, no one batted an eyebrow. The top batsman was rewarded for his effort and desire to succeed in whites.

All eyes will be on Rohit Sharma, the all-format skipper of the world's most famous cricket team. Virat Kohli said being MS Dhoni isn't as easy as it looks. Dhoni quit Test captaincy before retiring. But his inability to lead India to a white-ball championship in ICC competitions has been a much-discussed element of his captaincy.

Rohit has won the Asia Cup, the Nidahas Trophy, and five titles with the Mumbai Indians in nine years as stand-in captain. Still, the strain of leading the senior national team will be different.

How Rohit handles Virat Kohli's declining performance will be vital to India's progress in the coming months. As Test captain, Rohit must confront Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara's prospects after being overlooked for the Sri Lanka series.

A look back at Sharma's extraordinary journey

At the ICC Men's World Twenty20 in South Africa in 2007, Rohit made his debut for the Indian national team and came home as the champion. Since then, he has established himself as one of white-ball cricket's greatest players.

Rohit has broken the record for the most centuries in a World Cup by slamming the most sixes. He scored five centuries in the nine games he played at the 2019 ICC World Cup, and he has 41 international centuries under his belt so far.

In addition, he has an ODI score of 9283 runs, a Test tally of 3137 runs, and a Twenty20 Internationals of 3313 runs. He has scored 41 centuries in international cricket, including eight centuries in Tests, 29 in ODIs, and four in Twenty20s. He was one of only six players who scored a double century in ODI cricket, scoring 264, 209, and 208.

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