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Rohit Sharma will be gunning for a record-extending sixth title when Mumbai Indians begin their campaign against RCB.

Rohit Sharma, the IPL’s most decorated captain, will lead Mumbai Indians against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Monday in the opening game of their season. Rohit Sharma is aiming for a record-extending sixth IPL championship. On paper, Rohit’s MI has one of the stronger teams because they have several excellent match-winners even without Jasprit Bumrah. Tim David and Cameron Green of Australia are anticipated to take on the roles that for years belonged to Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard, and Jofra Archer’s comeback is expected to at least partially cover the vacuum left by Bumrah.

Since making his IPL debut in 2008 for the now-defunct Deccan Chargers, Rohit has advanced significantly.

Rohit won the IPL with DC in 2008, four years before he helped MI achieve their first IPL victory. When playing for DC, he shared the dressing room with some of the biggest names in cricket, like Andrew Symonds and Adam Gilchrist, to mention a couple. One of Rohit’s best pals, Pragyan Ojha, with whom the top India batter has a lengthy history, was in the same changing room. Ojha originally met Rohit during a camp for under-15s, and over time, their friendship grew.

Ojha, a former left-arm spinner for India, admitted that things weren’t always easy with Rohit when they first met. In fact, the Mumbai batter was acting “aggressively” towards Ojha after the latter had dismissed the “special player,” Rohit, in the first game the two had played together.

Rohit didn’t talk much but played with aggression

“Everyone told me Rohit was a really great player when I first saw him at the U-15 national camp. I played against him there and got the wicket. As a typical Mumbai man, Rohit didn’t talk much but played with aggression. In fact, I was perplexed as to why he was acting so hostile towards me given that we were total strangers. Nonetheless, our friendship grew after that “Ojha recalled saying this during the Jio Cinema programme “My Time with Rohit.”

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Rohit has gone a long way since then. Ojha and Rohit engaged in some friendly banter while the Indian squad was playing a limited-overs series in the West Indies last year. Ojha had said that Rohit’s relationship with his previous opening partner Shikhar Dhawan. Resembles that of Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly, whose friendship developed over time as a result of batting together. Rohit gave a priceless response when questioned about this remark: “Pragyan? Does Pragyan have any remark at all? Pragyan? “Sahi hai, chalo achhi baat hai” Has he begun providing commentary? Okay, that’s fine; it’s good) “Rohit responded in a hilarious way.


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