Indian opener and limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma is undoubtedly one of the best in the business. The ODI cricketer of the year in 2019 has already achieved great heights and is craving more.
But have you ever wondered the bowlers who have troubled both in his hay days and prime? The ‘Hitman' himself revealed four bowlers who were good enough to trouble the swashbuckling opener.
In a live chat session with former Australian pacer Brett Lee and former Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan, Rohit Sharma mentioned the names of Dale Steyn, Brett Lee, Kagiso Rabada and Josh Hazlewood who have troubled the former.
For a youngster, it is always imperative to face the likes of Dale Steyn and Brett Lee who are considered among the intimidating pacers in the world. To face the wrath of these two world-class bowlers, it is not at all an easy task for a budding cricketer. Talking about the two pacers, Rohit Sharma said;
“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, I had difficulties in facing them as well,”
Notably, Rohit first faced Steyn in the year 2007 which was also his debut series. It was a triangular series which included Ireland and South Africa as the other two teams. For a man who has been one of India's batting lynchpins, his numbers against Dale Steyn were nothing but minuscule.
He has played 3 Tests, 14 ODIs and 3 T20Is against Steyn and averages under 30 in all three formats. Talking about his numbers against Australian great Brett Lee, the opening batsman has faced him in 7 ODIs and has just managed to score 138 runs while in 5 T20Is, he has only scored 16 runs.
As a youngster, facing Brett Lee and Dale Steyn was a challenge for the 33-year old, but emphasizing on the current lot, Rohit named the likes of Josh Hazlewood and Kagiso Rabada against whom he feels uncomfortable.
“From the current lot, Rabada is a good bowler, I really like Josh Hazelwood as well, he bowls with great discipline,” he concluded.