- Born October 22, 1993
- Place of Birth Amrawati, Maharashtra
- Batting Style Right Handed
- Bowling Style -
- Nationality India
- Teams Played for India, Central Zone, Punjab Kings, Mumbai Indians, Vidarbha, VCA Red
Jitesh Sharma is a wicket-keeper batter who grabbed the attention of both fans and selectors with some attacking strokeplay up the order for Vidarbha in the domestic T20 competition and the Punjab franchise in the Indian T20 League. Born on 22nd October 1993 in Amrawati situated in the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra, he made his mark early with a productive outing in the 2012-13 Cooch Behar Trophy in which he scored 537 runs in 12 innings including 2 centuries and 1 fifty. This paved his way into the Vidarbha senior side and he soon made his domestic debut.
The start of 2014, saw him play his first List A game against Rajasthan in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, and the following month he made his T20 debut against Uttar Pradesh in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. He made an instant impact in the shortest format of the game by scoring an attacking half-century in his first outing. For two seasons he continued to play limited-overs cricket and eventually made his first-class debut towards the end of 2015 against Odisha in the Ranji Trophy. However, he did not have a good red-ball tournament, and his performance that season made it evident that his forte is white-ball cricket.
Jitesh ended the 2015-16 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy as the third-highest run-scorer in the tournament with 343 runs under his belt at a strike rate of 143.51 and it included one century along with two fifties. He was recruited by the Mumbai franchise for the 2016 Indian T20 League on the back of his domestic performances but he did not play a single game. He continued to perform well in the domestic limited-overs competition and his big break came when he was picked by the Punjab franchise for the 2022 Indian T20 League at his base price.
His performances that year for Punjab were noticed and he was retained by his side for the 2023 edition. He received his first call-up to the national side as a replacement for Sanju Samson against Sri Lanka at the start of 2023. He is more than handy with the gloves behind the wicket and his ability to score right from the word go makes him a dangerous top-order batter. He may have an increased role in the side with drastic improvement in his batting and he looks more secure behind the stumps. A good season could propel him back to the fringes of the national squad and could be a batting-keeper option for India.Â