Rohit Sharma has faced several legendary bowlers, since starting his career in 2007. From the likes of Shoaib Akhtar to Lasith Malinga, Mitchell Starc to Trent Boult, and many others, Rohit has faced them all at the international level.
More often than not, Hitman has dominated bowlers from his era. During a recent up close and personal interaction with India’s premier seamer Mohammed Shami, Rohit named the toughest bowler he faced during his career.
Rohit first featured in the Indian side during India’s Ireland tour in 2007 to take part in the tri-series featuring South Africa.
There he faced Proteas legend Dale Steyn in his prime at the green-top surface of Belfast. The Mumbai batter conceded about going through difficulties in facing Steyn.
Also, Rohit had to negotiate the likes of Brett Lee and Nathan Bracken during the 2008 Commonwealth Tri-series featuring India, Australia and Sri Lanka.
“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,” Rohit replied to Shami.
Moreover, from the current crop of fast bowlers, Rohit picked South African mainstay Kagiso Rabada and Australian speedster Josh Hazlewood as the toughest bowlers he faced in his career.
“From the current lot, Rabada is a good bowler, I really like Josh Hazelwood as well, he bowls with great discipline,” Rohit stated.
Rabada made Rohit his bunny during the 2018 South African tour, where he dismissed him the most number of times cumulatively in all format. Meanwhile, Hazlewood’s nagging line and length caused problems to many top batsmen in recent years.