Rohit Sharma, born on 30th April, 1987, is an Indian International cricketer who plays for Mumbai in Indian domestic cricket and captains the team of Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL). He mainly plays as a right-handed batsman and occasionally as a right-arm off-break bowler. He is the vice-captain of the Indian National Cricket team in ODI and T20 formats.
Rohit Sharma is an active supporter of animal welfare campaigns. He is the official Rhino Ambassador for World Wild Fund (WWF)-India and is a member of PETA. He has worked with PETA in its campaign to raise awareness of the condition of homeless cats and dogs in India. In a campaign launching on Animal Planet to observe World Rhino Day on 22nd September, Rohit has pledged to do his bit to save the “vulnerable” species of one horned rhinoceros from extinction.
Rohit Sharma, the Indian cricket team vice-captain in T20 and ODI, joined World Wide Fund for Nature India and Animal Planet in an attempt to protect the One-Horned Rhinoceros or the Indian Rhino. He did it by promoting awareness about the “unprotected” species in India. “It is our duty as co-inhabitants of this planet to try and protect other species that walk this planet, alongside us. The future is in our hands and we should do whatever we can to ensure that our children are able to enjoy the rich bio-diversity this world has to offer,” said Rohit Sharma.
Of the estimated 3,500 Indian rhinos left in the world, most of them (about 82 per cent) are found in India. Once rhino was found generously across the Indus, the Ganga and the Brahmaputra river basins, but the animal is now found only in select pockets in Assam, West Bengal, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. The state animal of Assam, the Indian rhinoceros faces several threats, including poaching, habitat loss and mass mortality from in-breeding and disease.