Indian opening batsman and limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma is one of the cricketers who were in the fringes of the national teams before becoming a superstar in world cricket. And, he believes that age is hardly a barrier when it comes to kickstarting a career in any sport, let alone cricket.
The Mumbai batsman gave the examples of Michael Hussey and Cristiano Ronaldo, two of the most prominent sportsmen in their respective domains.
Hussey made his debut for Australia back in 2004 at the age of roundabout 29. While he made his limited chances count, it was only after the retirement of the stars in the Australian side that he became a regular fixture.
By the time the southpaw hung up his boots, he had amassed over 12000 runs in international cricket with 22 centuries across two formats.
Mike Hussey is known as Mr Cricket:
Meanwhile, the 32-year-old Rohit reckoned that despite making his debut approximately at the age of 30, he played for the national side for 6-7 years. And he considers that as good learning for any lad to not look at age when taking up a sport.
The Western Australian has also played alongside Rohit for Mumbai Indians (MI) in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
“There is a very Australian cricketer Michael Hussey, he made is Australian (Test) debut when he was 30. He played for 6-7 years and he is called Mr. Cricket. This is good learning for all of us, there is no age to start any sport.” Rohit said as quoted by India Today.
Cristiano Ronaldo is a big and a living example, says Rohit Sharma:
The flamboyant right-handed batsman also stated Portuguese and Juventus footballer Cristiano Ronaldo is a massive instance of never to give up and fight their way from struggles.
Ronaldo lost his father at the age of only 20 and hence his mother had to raise him alone. And today, he is one of the most renowned athletes, which is reason enough not to stop believing.
“Rohit also cited the example of popular footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, who lost his father at the age of 20 and was raised alone with his mother. “Ronaldo is a big example. He lost his father at an early age. He was brought up by his mother alone, it was not an easy household to be a part of. But look where he is now. You can’t stop believing.” he added further.
Meanwhile, the dashing batsman will miss the upcoming Test series against New Zealand after also sitting out for the ODIs due to calf injury he suffered in the fifth T20I against the Kiwis.
He could also miss out on the ODI series against South Africa and will likely return for the Mumbai Indians in the IPL.