Rohit Sharma was born in the Maharashtra town of Bansod on April 30, 1987. Purnima Sharma, his mother, hails from Visakhapatnam. Gurunath Sharma’s father worked as a caretaker at a transport company’s warehouse. Because of his father’s meagre income, Sharma was raised by his grandparents and uncles in Borivali. Only on weekends would he pay a visit to his parents, who resided in a one-room house in Dombivli. Vishal Sharma, his younger brother, is his only sibling.
Career and Success In Cricket
Sharma used his uncle’s money to attend a cricket camp in 1999. At the camp, Sharma’s coach, Dinesh Lad, advised him to transfer to Swami Vivekanand International School; where Lad was the coach and the cricket facilities were superior to those at Sharma’s previous school. Sharma remembers, “I told him I couldn’t afford it, but he found a way to help me. So, I didn’t spend a thing for four years and still played well in cricket”.
In the Deodhar Trophy in Gwalior in March 2005; Sharma made his List A debut for West Zone versus Central Zone. With 24 balls remaining; he batted at number eight and struck 31 not out to help West Zone win by three wickets. In the same match, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravindra Jadeja both made their debuts. Sharma rose to prominence after his unbeaten 142 in 123 balls against North Zone in the same competition; at the Maharanna Bhupal College Ground in Udaipur. He travelled to Abu Dhabi and Australia with the India. A team before being named to India’s 30-man probable list for the ICC Champions Trophy,,however, he did not make the final selection.
In July 2006, Sharma debuted for India A in a first-class match against New Zealand A in Darwin. As India won by 3 wickets, he scored 57 and 22.