England vs India: Rohit Sharma is pretty fond of his nickname

England vs India: Rohit Sharma is pretty fond of his nickname

Rohit got his nickname back in 2013 after his maiden double century against Australia.

Rohit Sharma
India batsman Rohit Sharma hits out. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

The Indian team registered their maiden T20I series victory in England by 2-1. They began well with a thumping win in Manchester but stumbled at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff. The series was level at 1-1 and pressure was on both teams to overpower each other at Bristol. However, the Men in Blue came to the party and won the match by seven wickets courtesy of Rohit Sharma’s brilliance with the willow.

Rohit accomplished his century in 56 balls to become the second batsman after Colin Munro to notch as many as three tons in the shortest format. After his record churning spree at the County Ground in Bristol, Dinesh Karthik asked him whether he would like a new nickname, but Rohit said that he is happy with his current nickname of ‘Hitman’.

“It is difficult to pick”- Rohit on his milestones

“I like Hitman a lot. It goes with my name as well,” he said while talking on BCCI.tv. Last year, the opening batsman revealed that he got the name ‘Hitman’ after his maiden double century against Australia in 2013 at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.

The Mumbai-batsman currently has three double centuries in ODIs and as many tons in T20Is. He was asked to choose one and quite expectantly, Rohit was spoilt for choices.

“It is difficult because you also know how all these hundreds are. So, it is difficult to pick one of them. I’ve only got three hundreds and it is not like I’ve got a lot more and I can pick,” he added.

Rohit’s next assignment is the ODI series which starts on July 12 at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. England is the number one ranked ODI team and Rohit’s role will be important in the Men in Blue’s quest to stamp their authority in the 50-over format as well.

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