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Rohit Sharma is one of the most celebrated cricketers in the world and the captain of the Indian cricket team is currently heading the Mumbai-based franchise, Mumbai Indians in the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League. Rohit made his India debut in 2007 in an ODI against Ireland and is one of the few players who have scored a ton in all cricketing tournaments. Despite having great records, there was a time when Sharma was in depression after being snubbed from the 2011 ODI World Cup.

India women’s star player Jemimah Rodrigues recently opened up about the depressing phase Rohit Sharma went through when he wasn’t picked for the 2011 World Cup squad. 

Recalling an emotional conversation with Sharma over the World Cup, she said, "Rohit Sharma was also dropped from the 2011 World Cup. I asked him the question, '10 years down the line, you are leading India, did you ever think that this would happen?' He (Rohit Sharma) was like 'No, a lot of people came up to me at that time and said a lot of things, but nobody knew what I was going through'. There was only one person, Yuvraj Singh, who came up to him (Rohit), took him out for dinner and there was nobody else. 

"He said he was depressed for a month. Because the WC is something that you dream about. So, when he said that, I was crying inside. I was literally in tears."

Speaking in 'Breakfast With Champions', Jemimah added, “He said: 'Tough times will happen but you know it is what you do next. Make sure when you get the next opportunity, you are ready for it. It happens (or) doesn't happen, it's fine.' And that stuck with me. I don't have to prove to anyone or anything. I just have to play for the pure joy of the game."

Notably, Rohit Sharma has 3379 runs in 49 Tests with an average of 45.66, 9825 runs in 243 ODIs averaging 48.63, and 3853 runs in 148 T20Is with an average of 31.32. Rohit holds the highest individual score of 264 runs in ODI and is the only player to score three double-hundreds in ODI cricket.