Among the cricketers, his teammates, friends, and media personnel, India captain and star batsman Rohit Sharma is known for his hilarious sense of humor and his typical Bambaiya accent, that makes his jokes even funnier.
This light-hearted side of Rohit Sharma has often been seen in press conferences and amid high-tension tournaments. Rohit Sharma is someone who keep his head cool and has at times made hilarious, witty statements that have gotten the media room bursting in laughter.
Here are some famous instances of Rohit Sharma showing his sense of humor in front of journalists:
Rohit Sharma trolls Pakistani journalist
Shaheen Afridi got the better of Rohit Sharma and Team India in the 2021 T20 World Cup match in Dubai. So when the two teams arrived there in August 2022 for their Asia Cup game, the question about the loss was inevitable. But Rohit Sharma tackled it with some style.
A Pakistani journalist asked: “Rohit, you know na last time what happened when India faced Pakistan, is it inhibiting ur team confidence?”
Rohit savagely replied: “See, I have a weak memory, I can’t remember the things that happened one year ago.”
Rohit takes a cheeky dig at journalists
After being recalled to the Test side in the 2019 home series against South Africa, which was surely the last attempt by the selectors to revive Rohit’s Test career, Rohit Sharma was promoted to open the batting. And he repaid their faith spectacularly by slamming two Test centuries in the same Test.
When asked about his comeback, in the press conference Sharma took a funny dig at the journalists, saying that his failure would have given them the opportunity to criticize his return further.
“Acha opportunity tha upar batting karne ka to full use karna tha, nahi to fir kaafi kuch hone wala tha… mujhe pata tha… aap log kaafi kuch likh lete mere baare mein to isliye shayad, abhi achi cheez likhoge.” (I wanted to make full use of the opportunity to bat higher up the order. Or else, a lot would have happened, you guys (Journalists) would have written a lot about me. Now maybe you will write good things about me)
“Saala mat bolo yaar”
During the third Test match of the 2019 home series vs South Africa, Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma had a big partnership of 267 runs with both reaching three figures. During the press conference after the day’s play, a journalist asked Rohit a question about Rahane’s inconsistent form. While asking the question, the journalist used the phrase ‘saala chabuk batting krta hai’ while referring to Rahane.
“What do you want to say about Ajinkya Rahane‘s batting, what’s it like watching it from other ends – ‘Saala chabuk batting Karta hai’.”
Rohit immediately had a smile on his face, and replied back with another funny remark. “Saala mat bolo yaar,” the opener said still trying to control his laughter.
Rohit imitates a journalist’s british accent
After the incredible win over Pakistan at the MCG in the T20 World Cup 2022, Rohit funnily imitated a british journalist’s accent.
“Playing on the cricket field and the challenges and bowling to the right length. Can you just describe their bowling unit and how do you think they executed their plans?”
Mimicking the journalist’s accent, Rohit began, “I felt really good, I felt really good.” This was followed by laughter from others present during the post-match press conference.
— Guess Karo (@KuchNahiUkhada) October 24, 2022
“If I become Pakistan’s coach…”
This has to be perhaps the funniest bit from Rohit Sharma in a press conference that left the entire room of journalists in splits, and then fans on social media too. After hitting a century against Pakistan in the 2019 World Cup encounter, which India won by a significant margin, Rohit was asked to give some tips to the Pakistani batters.
Rohit had a hilarious response ready up in his sleeve: “Agar main Pakistan ka coach bana to bilkul bataunga, abhi kya bataunga?” (If I ever become Pakistan’s coach, I will definitely let you know. What can I say right now?).
Reporter: "What would you suggest to the Pakistani batsmen to come out of this crisis?"
— Saj Sadiq (@SajSadiqCricket) June 17, 2019