Indian cricket team captain Rohit Sharma is known for his impeccable skills and demeanour on and off the field. And this most recent achievement — becoming the only third Indian captain to win a bilateral ODI series in England, after MS Dhoni (2014) and Mohammad Azharuddin (1990) — makes him feel sheer joy.
Off the ground, he’s built a reputation for himself for his impeccable style. Sharma’s brand equity lies only behind Virat Kohli, with the skipper currently endorsing about 24 brands across the board. In 2020, the cricketer was appointed as the brand ambassador for Oakley, making him join the brand’s circle of globally-celebrated athletes and icons of sports history.
Sharma who is a firm believer in the concept of following your passion and never losing your identity despite hardships and setbacks, once again takes on Oakley’s next chapter of the ‘Be Who You Are’ campaign.
Commenting on the campaign Rohit Sharma, shared, “I believe that faith in oneself and trust in one’s abilities can enable an individual to achieve what they strive for. I have been fortunate to be living my dream because I decided to pursue my passion with self-belief and motivation.’’
Luxebook caught up with the cricketer to know more about his life on the field, his style and his fitness regimen.
On days when you’re not on the field, how do you spend your time?
When we are not touring, my schedule is much more dynamic, because I prefer to spend most of my time with my wife Ritika and daughter Samaira. I also have meetings lined up and brand commitments that I give my time to, so I am working when I am not on the field. But I try catching up on movies and other interests.
Do you feel the right pair of sunglasses can make or break your look? Why?
Sunglasses are always a great accessory, on and off the field. They add style to an outfit, and offer protection; they make you feel more confident and comfortable, no matter the situation.
Describe your style in a few words.
Simple. Cool. Comfortable. Stylish.
Tell us a little about your fitness journey?
Fitness has always meant being, feeling and eating healthy. There are so many different elements that one needs to consider to be fit, with the mind being an important function that also needs to be kept active and fit. Hence, one should think holistically when it comes to fitness, and the key is to keep learning and changing your routine according to your needs to stay and feel fit
How do you strike the right balance between maintaining your fitness regime and your lifestyle?
Fitness is a part of my lifestyle. As a cricketer, who has been playing and touring for so many months, you need to be mindful of your lifestyle. Be it your workout, sleep, nutrition, rest or practice, everything plays a holistic role and is balanced, to ensure that it is a part of my daily lifestyle. Even if one of these aspects doesn’t fall in place, then the day will never give you the desired result.
What makes Oakley resonate with you as a brand?
The brand has been at the forefront of pushing the boundaries of performance, offering eyewear that is the perfect mix of functionality, innovative technology and style. Oakley eyewear has definitely been my go-to choice on and off the field. A leader in performance eyewear, I am grateful to have been associated with them since 2020. As a brand, they have always strived towards empowering and bringing together communities and individuals through the common love for sports.
The best way to deal with pressure according to you?
When you are playing cricket for India, there is high pressure – lots of people will be talking about positives and negatives. As a cricketer, my job is to focus on the game because we can’t control the other aspects and that is the message to everyone – Don’t be bothered with what you can’t control.