Indian opening batsman Rohit Sharma’s astounding ability and numbers strikes fear even in the minds of Australian players. While limited-overs cricket is Rohit’s strongest suit, he is developing as a potent batsman in Tests. As soon as Rohit Sharma began opening in Tests, he slammed three tons in five matches along with a double-century. In light of this, former Australian speedster Brett Lee has made a humble request to the 33-year old.
It was in 2013 that the Mumbai batsman started opening the innings for India in ODI cricket. There was no looking back since as he gradually left behind the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag. The iconic duo were the first two to hammer double-centuries in One-day internationals. However, in the space of four years, Rohit had accumulated three. In 2014, Rohit Sharma climbed the highest echelons as he clobbered 264 against Sri Lanka, a record that might remain unbreached.
Keeping this in mind, Brett Lee has requested the swashbuckling opener not to score any more double-hundreds against his nation. The New South Wales-born remains optimistic that he would score many more of those but wants it to come against other sides instead of Australia. In fact, the 33-year old began his elusive journey of double-centuries with Australia, smashing 209 in 2013 in an ODI in Bangalore.
“He’ll score a lot of double hundreds hopefully. But not many more against Australia, please… Any other country, Pakistan, West Indies perfect but not against Australia.” the 43-year-old said in the show ‘Cricket Connected’.
Lee remembers Rohit Sharma when he was on his first tour of Australia in 2007:
The retired fast bowler recalls the first impression of Rohit when he came to Australia for the first time. Brett Lee noted that Rohit Sharma’s aggressiveness, especially the sound of his bat was something he could think when batting. The 33-year-old ended 2019 with most ODI runs (1490) in 2019 including 648 of them in the World Cup with five centuries in a single edition.
“He’s got plenty of years, a lot of cricket left in him. The first impression I got of Rohit Sharma when he came on to the scene was that he was flamboyant. He was very aggressive the way he used to bat but it was the sound of the bat, it’s the first thing that I could think of when I watched him bat. You know when people make that sound when they hit the ball from the centre of the bat, it’s a different sound.” he added.