The name of India’s premier opening batsmen Rohit Sharma is synonymous to god-gifted timing, effortless sixes, majestic stroke play and lazy elegance.
Former Australian speedster, Brett Lee recalled his first memory of Hitman during a recent interaction. According to Lee, the standout feature of Rohit’s batting was the sound of his bat while hitting the ball.
The two have met on several occasions in both international cricket as well as franchise cricket. Lee turned out to be an integral part of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) setup after a brief stint at Kings XI Punjab (KXIP).
Whereas, Rohit made a move to his home-ground based franchise Mumbai Indians, after an IPL-winning stint with Deccan Chargers.
“He was flamboyant and aggressive but my first memory of Rohit Sharma was the sound of his bat,” Lee heaped praises on Sharma on Star Sports’ show Cricket Connected.
“That’s the first thing I could think of; the knock of the bat from people hitting the ball right off the center — it’s a different sound,” he added.
Rohit holds a fantastic record in white-ball cricket and is just beginning to flex his muscles in the longest format of the game.
Further, Rohit has three double-tons in ODI cricket and last year notched up a jaw-dropping five centuries in a single World Cup campaign.
“He is the kind of guy who is so mentally switched on, that once he gets through the tough period, he cashes in,” Lee said.
In the end, Lee conceded that Rohit is one batsman he avoided bowling to. “When you got guys like Sharma at the top of the order, who can dominate from early on, they are the guys I don’t want to bowl to. He is definitely in that class,” concluded Lee.
Brett Lee hung up his boots from competitive cricket after the 2014-15 season of the Big Bash League (BBL) representing the Sydney Sixers in the finals against Perth Scorchers.