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Brett Lee reveals why he didn't want to bowl at Indian cricket team player Rohit Sharma

  • Brett Lee revealed certain qualities of the Indian cricket team opener Rohit Sharma that terrified him.
  • Recently, Rohit Sharma had also mentioned how Brett Lee made him lose sleep with his fearsome bowling.
Aakash Arya
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Modified 11 May 2020, 22:19 IST

Brett Lee revealed why he didn
Brett Lee revealed why he didn't enjoy bowling to Indian cricket team opener Rohit Sharma

Swashbuckling Indian cricket team opener Rohit Sharma has been called a tough batsman to bowl to by Brett Lee. The Aussie pacer said on Star Sports’ show Cricket Connected that Rohit was someone he didn't enjoy bowling to.

Lee heaped praise on Rohit Sharma listing certain qualities of the Indian cricket team vice-captain which terrified him to the core. He revealed how his first rendezvous with Rohit Sharma gave the Aussie a strong indication of the potential the Mumbai Indians skipper possessed.

“He was flamboyant and aggressive but my first memory of Rohit Sharma was the sound of his bat... 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,” Lee said.

Lee termed Rohit Sharma's aggressive nature at the top of the order a major reason for him excelling at the highest level. He lauded the Indian cricket team batsman's mental strength and marveled at how he could tear apart any bowling line-up when he was in his zone.

"He is the kind of guy who is so mentally switched on, that once he gets through the tough period, he cashes in... 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,” Lee added.

Why Indian cricket team player Rohit Sharma couldn't sleep

Indian cricket team vice-captain Rohit Sharma is considered a modern-day batting great
Indian cricket team vice-captain Rohit Sharma is considered a modern-day batting great

Brett Lee's comments on Rohit Sharma came after the latter explained his terrifying memory of facing the speedster at the start of his career. The Indian cricket team opener made a startling revelation of him losing sleep at the thought of facing the Australian, who consistently clocked speeds in excess of 150 km/hr.

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Rohit Sharma faced Brett Lee during the Indian cricket team's tour of Australia in 2007-08, when the pacer was at the peak of his powers in all formats of the game. Although the Indian cricket team registered a historic CB series win, Rohit Sharma still recalls that tour for Lee's devastating spells.

“One bowler is Brett Lee because he didn’t let me sleep the previous night on my first tour to Australia in 2007, as I was thinking how to play this bowler who bowls in excess of 150 kmph. In 2007, Brett Lee was at his peak. I used to watch him closely and noticed that he was consistently bowling at the speed of around 150-155 kmph. The thought of a youngster like me facing that kind of speed took away my sleep.” 
Rohit Sharma scored five centuries for the Indian cricket team in the CWC 2019
Rohit Sharma scored five centuries for the Indian cricket team in the CWC 2019

Published 05 May 2020, 12:20 IST
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