Rohit Sharma is one of finest limited-over openers in modern cricket. The right-handed batsman from Mumbai is well known for his devastating hitting along with poised calmness on the crease, in international arena.
In the 13-year career so far, Rohit has faced fieriest bowlers in different conditions all across the world. From the likes of Brett Lee and Shaun Pollock to the likes of Mitchell Stark and Kagiso Rabada, Rohit Sharma has faced them all.
On Saturday, during a live Instagram session with his mate Mohammed Shami, Rohit Sharma discussed on a number of topics. In the Shami also asked Rohit Sharma to name the bowlers, whom he found quite difficult to face in early phase of his career.
Rohit named Brett Lee and Dale Steyn as the finest and fieriest of all at the starting of his career. “When I came into the side, the fastest bowler in the world used to be Brett Lee. In my debut ODI series, I went to Ireland to face South Africa and Dale Steyn was pretty quick then as well. When I started playing. I really liked Lee and Steyn but I had difficulties in facing them as well,” answered Rohit.
The Mumbaikar also picked a couple of names from the current lot as he added, “From the current lot, Rabada is a good bowler, I really like Josh Hazelwood as well, he bowls with great discipline.”
Rohit Sharma has been in team India since 2007. But Rohit Sharma could not make a permanent place in the team, courtesy a long patch of poor form and middle order pressure, for the first six years. The biggest debacle of cricket career was the moment when Rohit Sharma missed out on the 2011 World Cup team. Rohit Sharma, who was earlier part of 2007 World T20 winning team, took this ouster very seriously and came up as a leaner and stronger version of himself in 2013.
In his first chance after the 2011 World Cup – when he was promoted to open the innings in 2013 Champions Trophy, the ‘Hit-man’ grabbed the opportunity both hands. Since then, he has now become an indispensable part of the Indian team.