Last Update on: April 30th, 2020 at 03:29 pm
India batting superstar Rohit Sharma, on Thursday, turned 33. On the special day, India’s limited-overs vice captain has been flooded with birthday messages. And perhaps the best message is from his former India teammate Gautam Gambhir. While wishing Rohit Sharma on his birthday, Gambhir hailed him as the best white-ball cricketer in the world.
While current captain Virat Kohli is currently the best ranked ODI batsman and is widely regarded as the best in the world, Gambhir believes otherwise. Well, not many would argue against Gambhir given the way Rohit Sharma has performed in the last few years.
Earlier this year, he was named as 2019 ODI Cricketer of the Year. The right-handed batsman became just the third Indian to win the prestigious award after MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli.
Rohit Sharma had his best year in terms of statistics across formats especially in ODIs. He finished the year as the highest run-scorer in the 50-over format, scoring a staggering 1,490 runs in ODIs including seven hundreds – the most by any player in the calendar year. He was in phenomenal form during India’s run to the semifinals of the 2019 ODI World Cup, where he finished top-scorer with 648 runs. Rohit Sharma had also scored a record five centuries in the competition.
“Happy Birthday to the best white ball cricketer in the world @ImRo45! Have a great year ahead!!,” wrote Gambhir on Twitter.
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) April 30, 2020
Overall, Rohit Sharma has scored 9,115 runs in 224 ODIs and is the only man to score as many as three double centuries. He also holds the record for the highest score in ODIs for his monumental knock of 264. In T20Is, he has scored 2,773 runs in 108 games and is the second-highest run-scorer in the shortest format.