He struggled to face Brett Lee, Dale Steyn, says Rohit Sharma

NEW DELHI: Opening Batter Rohit Sharma has revealed that he had difficulties facing both Brett Lee and Dale Steyn during the initial phase of his career.

Rohit made the comments during an Instagram Live session with a pacemaker Mohammed Shami when the latter asked the right-handed hitter to name some of his favorite players.

From the current lot, Rohit chose South Africa's Kagiso Rabada and Australia's Josh Hazelwood. It was then that Rohit revealed that he also had difficulty in facing Brett Lee and Dale Steyn .

"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," Rohit told Shami during the chat.

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From the current batch, Rabada is a good bowler, I really like Josh Hazelwood too, he plays with great discipline, he added.

Rohit had made his ODI debut in 2007 in the tri-nation series involving Ireland and South Africa.

The 33-year-old is the only player in the world with three double centuries to his name on ODI. He also holds the record for the highest individual score in the 50+ format. He scored 264 magnificent runs against Sri Lanka in the Gardens of Eden in 2014.

In 2019 Cricket World Cup, Rohit Sharma finished the tournament as the highest run-scorer after registering 648 runs from just nine matches at an average of 81.00. During the tournament, he had also become the first batsman to score five centuries in a single edition of the World Cup.

Rohit, who is now the vice-captain of the ODI team, has played 224 ODIs, 108 T20Is, and 32 Tests so far.