India’s very own “Hitman” became a legend for the Indian cricketing fraternity ever since he was promoted to open the batting for India in limited overs cricket. With 3 double hundreds to his name, he is one of India’s greatest ever white ball players. Over the last couple years, he has become a vital cog in the test set up as well.
On the Australia tour, with Kohli on paternity leave, Sharma stepped up as the senior member and guided the team to a historic series win down under. The country expects him to continue his exploits in the whites during the WTC and England series as well.
One wonders if Sharma did not pick the cricket bat, what could be his alternative career options.
Here are 5 career options according to us which Sharma could have pursued in the event he was not an Indian international cricketer.
Not many people may have noticed, but Sharma has a very understated sense of humor. On various occasions he has provided glimpses of it which could have made him the next Zakir Khan. Whether it was an interview with Gaurav Kapoor, Instagram live with Bumbrah or Chahal, press conferences or featuring on Chahal TV; Sharma has always had a wit or two rolled up his sleeve which would leave the audience in splits.
Hailing from a typical middle class suburban Mumbai family, Sharma was well aware of the challenges that people of the city face to make end meets. Even today, it is evidently clear that he has not lost his humility and empathy. He would be a great politician to serve at the ward or local assembly level. His knowledge of the city and local connect would have held him in good stead.
There is a lazy calmness to Sharma’s batting. It feels as if he has a little bit more time that his team mates when playing a short. In any situation, be it as a batsman or captain, he is unhurried and enjoys taking it slowly. This would make him a government bank employee. The slow and easy speed in the flow of work would have complimented Sharma’s personality.
Sharma’s captaincy credentials are indisputable. He is the most successful IPL captain and masterfully led India in limited over cricket in the absence of Kohli. There is growing clamor to split India’s captaincy duties between Sharma and Kohli for white and red ball cricket respectively. Looking at his leadership abilities and competency in decision making, he would be a fantastic fit as a manager or chief executive officer in a big company.
Sharma has an inherit ability to take risks and those punts have invariably worked. He took the biggest risk by agreeing to open the batting in white ball cricket and that has made him the player he is today. Therefore, his risk taking ability and as mentioned earlier, leadership and decision making skills could make him a very successful businessman.