Pushkar Sharma is an Indian-origin Kenyan cricketer. He moved to Kenya in his early 20s and played many cricket tournaments for Ruaraka Sports Club. He debuted in the Kenyan National team in November 2022.
Pushkar Sharma was born on Thursday, 12 October 2000 (age 22 years; as of 2022) in the Mau Chirayal village in the Hathras district of Uttar Pradesh, India. His zodiac sign is Libra. He was 5 years old when he started learning cricket from his relatives and expressed his desire to become a cricketer, which his father supported. During his childhood, his family moved to Greater Noida near Delhi, and he enrolled at the YMCA Cricket Academy and trained under coaches Subhash Chaudhary and Jagat Kishore. At the age of 7, he moved to Mumbai and lived with his uncle Raj Kumar in Navynagar. He studied at Al-Barkaat Malik Muhammad Islam English School in Kurla, Mumbai, Maharashtra. Later, his father also moved to Mumbai and both of them lived in Kureshnagar, Mumbai. He played badminton and athletics for his school team before becoming a full-time cricketer for his school. He completed his Bachelor of Commerce from the Maharaja Agrasen Himalayan Garhwal University in Pauri Garhwal district, Uttarakhand, India.
Height (approx.): 5′ 10″
Weight (approx.): 75 kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Body Measurements (approx.): Chest 42″, Waist 34″, Biceps 14″
Parents & Siblings
His father’s name is Shiv Kumar Sharma, and his mother’s name is Sushma Sharma. His father was a carpenter, who passed away on 2 January 2017, and his mother is a homemaker. He has two sisters named Nidhi and Jyoti.
Wife & Children
He is unmarried and has no children.
He is single.
He belongs to the Brahmin caste.
Pushkar used to sit in the Azad Maidan, Mumbai and watched cricket games played on the ground. In 2010, coach Nafees asked him if he wanted to play club cricket to which he agreed and he started playing in games for his school. He scored 261 runs in a match against B A K Swadhyaya Bhawan (Matunga) in the Giles Shield Elite Division Trophy in 2012. This performance earned him a place in the Mumbai Under-14 team’s training camp and later, he was appointed as the captain of the Mumbai Under-16 team. He played for Bohra Cricket Club from 2012 to 2016. From 2016 to 2017, he played for the Shivaji Park Gymkhana team. In 2016, his father was diagnosed with cancer, due to which Pushkar could not play for 6 months. His father passed away on 2 January 2017 and after this, Pushkar took a break from cricket and almost quit the game. After his mother advised him to keep playing cricket, he started to find teams where he can play and earn as well. He played for Juhu Club from 2017 to 2018, and in October 2018, he joined the IndiaFirst Life Insurance Company as a phone manager. He also played corporate cricket for their team and won many matches for them. He emerged as one of the best players, and seeing his performance, his childhood coach Digambar Patekar told him about an opportunity to play in a Kenyan Cricket League. He went to Kenya and scored three half-centuries in 4 matches. The Chairman of Ruaraka Sports Club and CEO of Hirani Telecommunications Limited, Mansukh Hirani was impressed by his performance and offered him a job as a project manager in his company and a chance to play for his cricket team. He moved to Kenya in December 2019 and scored runs at a consistent rate in many tournaments. In 2021, he became a marketing manager in Hirani Telecommunications Limited. He captained Ruaraka Sports Club in Kenya’s biggest 50-over league, Nairobi Provincial Cricket Provincial Super Division League in 2021 and scored 841 runs in 14 matches. In 2022, he was selected for the Eldoret Elephant team in the African Premier League held in Kenya.
Former Under-16 Mumbai team captain Pushkar Sharma has been selected in the Eldoret Elephant franchise team in the African Premier League to be held in Kenya.
— African Premier League – Cricket (@cricketapl) March 29, 2021
In the Dafabet Africa Cricket Premier League (ACPL Kenya T20) held in 2022, he scored 228 runs at a strike rate of 115 and took 5 wickets at an economy of under 7, helping his team Nakuru Leopards win the trophy.
He debuted for Kenya in T20I on 17 November 2022 in the match against St Helena at the Gahanga International Cricket Stadium, Kigali, Rwanda in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Sub Regional Africa “A” Qualifier tournament.
- Best Batsman of the tournament for Mumbai Under-14 at the State Level in the 2013-2014 season
- Best Batsman of the tournament for Mumbai Under-17 at the State Level in the 2014-2015 season
- Best Batsman of the tournament for Ghost Trophy organized by Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) in 2016
- Batsman of the year for IndiaFirst Life Insurance in the 2018-2019 season
- Best Batsman of the tournament in the Blue Storm F15 Trophy in the 2019 edition
He owns a Landcruiser and a Mercedes.
- Indian cricketer Prithvi Shaw played under Pushkar’s captaincy in the Mumbai Under-16 team.
- In September 2020, he became the brand ambassador of the IndiaFirst Life Insurance Company for 5 years.
- As of December 2022, he is the brand ambassador of Optex Opticians Ltd and Black Bird Sports Company.
- His favourite shot is the Flick shot.
- He plays for the Mahadev Strikers team in the Swaminarayan Pro Twenty League.
- He likes to play the Guitar.
- He has multiple tattoos.
- He likes to do photography.
- His nicknames are Pushky and Kanha.
- He is a follower of Sri Ramlal Maharaj of Agra.
- Pushkar Sharma considers Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir as his inspiration.
- He opened a garments shop named Pushkar Garments in Greater Noida in April 2021.
As it is said we should not stop, here what we are doing. NOT STOPPING!!
A new startup, a new beginning!! 🥰🥰
Need Your Blessings!! pic.twitter.com/4k3kBWqDie
— pushkar sharma (@pushkarcric) April 23, 2021