Anish AgrawalFebruary 1, 20246min0

Rohit Sharma’s Journey to 150 T20 Internationals

Rohit Sharma's Journey to 150 T20 Internationals

Rohit Sharma, the elegant opening batsman and current captain of the Indian cricket team, has carved his name into the pantheon of cricketing legends.

His journey, from the streets of Nagpur to the top of the cricketing world, is a testament to his unwavering talent, relentless spirit, and infectious enthusiasm.

Sharma’s batting prowess is a spectacle to behold. His timing is exquisite, his strokeplay audacious, and his ability to clear the ropes with effortless power is unmatched.

He holds the record for the highest individual score in ODIs – a monstrous 264 against Sri Lanka – and is the only batsman to have slammed three ODI double centuries. In the shorter formats, his exploits are equally awe-inspiring. With five T20I centuries and seven World Cup tons, he’s redefined the art of six-hitting and match-winning knocks.

But Sharma’s greatness extends beyond mere runs. His astute cricketing mind and calm leadership have transformed him into a shrewd captain.

Under his guidance, India has scaled new heights, clinching major trophies and establishing itself as a dominant force in world cricket. His ability to back his players, foster a positive team environment, and make bold tactical decisions has earned him the admiration of fans and teammates alike.

Rohit Sharma is more than just a cricketer; he’s an inspiration. His journey is a beacon of hope for aspiring youngsters, showcasing the power of dedication, hard work, and unwavering belief.

The Indian skipper recently played his 150th T20 international and hence, let’s take a look back at his journey to the 150th T20 internationals.

Early Days and IPL Stardom

Hailing from Nagpur’s humble streets, Rohit Sharma’s talent was evident from his teens. A natural right-hander, he quickly climbed the age-group ranks, mesmerising with his elegant flicks and powerful drives.

He made his Ranji debut at 17, his talent catching the eye of IPL scouts. In 2008, the inaugural IPL auction catapulted Rohit into the limelight. Snagged by Deccan Chargers, the young batsman proved his mettle with a memorable 61 against Mumbai Indians. His ability to bat fearlessly and switch gears instantly caught the attention of cricketing giants.

The 2010 IPL season marked Rohit’s turning point. Acquired by Mumbai Indians, he formed a legendary opening partnership with Sachin Tendulkar.

Their explosive starts became a hallmark of MI’s success, with Rohit’s six-hitting prowess a constant highlight. His 209* against Bangalore Royal Challengers, then the highest IPL score, cemented his status as a T20 superstar.

From opening batsman to skipper, Rohit led MI to a record five IPL titles, showcasing his tactical acumen and leadership skills. His journey, defined by early promise and IPL-fueled stardom, remains an inspiration for aspiring cricketers worldwide.

From Being a Debutant to a Leader

Rohit’s IPL exploits translated seamlessly onto the international stage. He carved a niche at the top of the order, his fearless approach dismantling bowling attacks and setting the platform for big totals.

His record-breaking partnership of 161 with Sachin Tendulkar against Australia in 2011 remains the highest run-chase in T20Is, a testament to his ability to rise to the occasion.

Rohit’s leadership qualities shone through early on, earning him the vice-captaincy in 2014. He led India to victory in the Nidahas Trophy in 2018, showcasing his tactical acumen and calmness under pressure.

The baton of captaincy was officially passed to him in 2019, marking a new chapter in his T20 journey. As captain, Rohit led from the front, his aggressive batting setting the tone for the team.

Under his guidance, India clinched the Asia Cup in 2018 and the ODI World Cup in 2023, etching his name in the annals of Indian cricket history. He fostered a culture of fearless cricket, empowering his teammates to express themselves and play with freedom.

Rohit’s 150 T20Is paint a glorious picture – over 3800 runs, four centuries, a strike rate of over 140, and a captaincy win percentage of over 60%.

But his impact transcends mere statistics. He is a flagbearer of attacking cricket, a role model for aspiring youngsters, and a leader who inspires belief.

Anish Agrawal

Hi, I am Anish Agrawal and I am the lead cricket journalist for Cricnews. I have been a sports journalist for the past 7 years and have experience covering all major cricket tournaments. My favourite tournament is the IPL and I am a big supporter of the Mumbai Indians.

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