Why Rohit Sharma is known as HITMAN?Rohit Sharma is simply called hitman because of his six hitting capability. He doesn’t hit sixes blindly but with a pure class and perfect timing which makes his different from other. If you have watched him playing then you know that he used to hit sixes with ease. This is the reason why he is known as hitman.
Story behind Rohit Sharma’s nickname HitmanDuring the seventh ODI of Australia’s tour of India in 2013 in Bengaluru, India opening batsman Rohit Sharma had scored his maiden ODI double century, it was his second ODI century of the series. India scored a massive 383 runs and Rohit smashed 209 off 158 balls that included 12 fours and 16 sixes. After the match, when he was going for a flash interview, a broadcaster called him Hitman for his amazing performance. Rohit Sharma himself revealed the reason as to why he is called Hitman.
209 when I scored that runs and I was walking back to the pavilion and obviously they called me for that flash interview after the innings got over and I was really very tired. I told the media manager I can’t go now; please take someone else. He said ‘this is kind of a record, you have to come and it goes worldwide and I said okay I’ll come’. I went down and met PD, a broadcaster, who told me ‘Man, you played like a hitman’. That’s how it started and then Ravi Bhai was there towards the end of the presentation and he introduced me like that ‘They call him a hitman’. I think I was the man of the series in that tournament so he was interviewing me and he called me “Hitman” and that’s how it started.” Rohit Sharma said this to Ashwin in an Instagram Live session.This nickname gained more popularity and became more famous after commentator Ravi Shastri used this nickname for Rohit Sharma. When Rohit was at 197 and he hit a six to complete his double century, the following were the words of Ravi Shastri:
What a way to bring up 200 in one day internationals, they call him Hitman and he is arrived to the party.