India opener and limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma has been awarded with the the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award for 2020. Sharma is the fourth cricketer to achieve the feat after Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni, and Virat Kohli.
The right-handed batsman had a brilliant show at the World Cup 2019 and he scored 1,490 runs in the 50-over format, which included seven hundreds – the most by any player in the calendar year.
Sharma holds the record for the highest indivual score by a batsman in ODI cricket. He scored 264 against Sri Lanka. Apart from this, Rohit also holds the record for scoring three double tons in ODI cricket.
Cricketer Rohit Sharma, para-athlete Mariappan Thangavelu, table tennis champion Manika Batra, wrestler Vinesh Phogat & hockey player Rani to get Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award. pic.twitter.com/WwUOrGXqfT— ANI (@ANI) August 21, 2020
Congratulations Rohit Sharma on the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award. Thoroughly deserved ????????— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) August 21, 2020
Rohit Sharma during the period of consideration: (Jan 2016 – Dec 2019)— Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) August 21, 2020
Joint-most ODI 100s (20)
2nd most INTL 100s (27)
Five 100s in a World Cup
Most T20I runs (1766)
Joint-most T20I 100s (3)
Scored his 3rd ODI 200
263 INTL sixes (122 more than anyone)#KhelRatnaAward https://t.co/H5XBN3s0ww
Congratulations @ImRo45 for being conferred with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, 2020, India’s highest sporting honour. He is only the fourth Indian cricketer to receive this award.— BCCI (@BCCI) August 21, 2020
We are proud of you, Hitman! pic.twitter.com/ErHJtBQoj9
He is one of the three Indian batsmen to have scored a double-century in ODIs. Sachin Tendulkar was the first one to achieve the feat while Virender Sehwag is the other one.
He has so far played 224 ODIs, 108 T20Is and 32 Tests for India and has amassed over 9000 runs in ODIs, more than 2000 runs in T20Is and 2141 runs in the longer format of the game respectively.
Indian women’s team player Deepti Sharma and Ishant Sharma has been conferred with Arjuna Award.