Not Shaheen Afridi or Mitchell Starc! This is the TOUGHEST bowler Rohit Sharma has faced in international cricket

Rohit Sharma calls this bowler the toughest to face due to his discipline and work ethic.


Not Shaheen Afridi or Mitchell Starc! This is the TOUGHEST bowler Rohit Sharma has faced in international cricket

Rohit Sharma (Image via ESPNCricinfo)

Rohit Sharma has represented India for over 16 years. In those 15 years he has faced world class bowlers in all formats he has played. When asked who was the toughest bowler he faced, many would’ve thought it could be Mitchel Starc, or Mohammad Amir. Maybe Shaheen Shah Afridi? Trent Boult? Or how about Dushmantha Chameera? The Sri Lanka Pacer had made Rohit his bunny in T20Is. But it is none of these bowlers. 

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Rohit Sharma was quoted by IANS, saying the toughest bowler he faced was South African pacer, Dale Steyn. Talking about Steyn, Rohit said, “Dale Steyn has been one of the toughest bowlers to face. His work ethic, his discipline, and his ability with the new ball were always challenges, and I loved to play against him.”

Dale Steyn was known for his express pace, with his fastest ball being 156.7 kmph for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Kolkata Knight Riders. He was also known for his ability to get movement in the air and also mastering reverse-swing. He is regarded as one of the best pacers of his generation and one of the best Test bowlers of all time. 

Related: “My parents were high…”- Dale Steyn reveals hilarious reason behind his second name “Willem”

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Rohit Sharma calls Shikhar Dhawan as his favorite batting partner 

While talking about his favorite batting partner, Rohit Sharma said he enjoyed batting with Shikhar Dhawan the most. He said Dhawan and him had a great relationship on and off the pitch, and enjoyed the partnerships they had. Rohit called Dhawan had an infectious energy and it was fun to be around him. 

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Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan after India beat England in The Oval (Image via ESPN)

Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are the 4th most successful opening pair in ODIs. In the 115 innings they have opened together, they have scored 5148 runs. They are just 2 runs behind West Indian openers, Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes. The last time the two featured was in December 2022, during India’s tour of Bangladesh.

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