Indian captain Rohit Sharma completed 15 years of playing for the Indian team across formats on June 23. The skipper looked back on the journey and thanked the people who supported him all the way through.
Rohit made his debut for the team against Ireland back on June 23, 2007, in the ODI team. He took only a couple more months to make his T20I debut but had to wait till November 2013 for getting his Test cap.
Initially, the then 20-year-old started out as a middle-order batter but MS Dhoni promoted him up the order and made him an opener. The move paid off and Rohit has been one of the most reliant openers at the highest level since then.
“Today I’ll be completing 15 years of international cricket since I made my debut for India. What a journey it has been, surely one that I’ll cherish for the rest of my life,” Rohit wrote in a message posted on his Twitter account.
𝟭𝟱 𝘆𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘀 in my favourite jersey 👕 pic.twitter.com/ctT3ZJzbPc
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) June 23, 2022
“I just want to thank everyone who has been a part of this journey” – Rohit Sharma
Rohit has amassed 9,283 runs in 228 ODIs at an average of 48.6, including the world-record highest individual score of 264 coming against Sri Lanka. He is also the only player in ODI history to score 3 double centuries.
“I just want to thank everyone who has been a part of this journey and a special thanks for the people who helped me become the player that I am today.”
“To all the cricket lovers, fans and critics, your love and support for the team is what gets us over those hurdles we all inevitably come across,” he also added.
The 35-year-old will be taking the field in a 4-day practice game against Leicestershire county starting today. The match is considered preparation for the one-off Test against England, which will take place next month.