Rohit Sharma: Pragyan Ojha, a former left-arm spinner for India and member of the IPL governing council, recently spoke about one of his early conversations with Rohit Sharma. Ojha stated that Rohit became emotional when talking about his past and how he had to sell milk packets to afford cricket equipment. Ojha also shared that he had met Rohit for the first time at an under-15 national camp, where there was a lot of talk about the talent of the future Mumbai Indians captain.
What did Pragyan Ojha say on Rohit Sharma?
Pragyan Ojha, a former teammate of Rohit Sharma at the Deccan Chargers and Mumbai Indians, recently talked about their friendship off the field. The two cricketers have played together for India in 24 matches, including 2 Tests, and have remained good friends since they first met at an under-15 national camp. In an interview, Ojha also spoke about how there was a lot of buzz surrounding Rohit’s talent when he was a teenager playing for Mumbai. The duo continued their partnership at the Mumbai Indians and went on to win the IPL in 2013 and 2015.
Ojha said, “He was from a middle-class family and I remember he once got emotional when we discussed how his budget for cricket kits was restricted. In fact, he also delivered milk packets – of course that was really a long time ago – so that he could buy his kit. Now when I see him, I feel very proud of how our journey started and where we reached.”
Continuing further, he said “When I first met Rohit in the U-15 national camp, everyone said he was a very special player. There, I played against him and took his wicket. Rohit was a typical Bombay guy who didn’t speak much but was aggressive when he played. In fact, I was very surprised as to why he was being so aggressive with me when we didn’t know each other! But after that our friendship began to grow.”
Rohit Sharma’s legacy as captain
Rohit Sharma was named the captain of the Indian cricket team for all formats of the game in 2022. He led the team for the first time at an ICC tournament during the T20 World Cup in 2022. As a captain of the Mumbai Indians, Rohit has won 5 titles and is now preparing to lead India in the upcoming ODI World Cup, which will be held in India later this year. He is also regarded as one of the best batters to have ever played for India, having 17k international runs under his name.