Australian right-arm pacer Josh Hazlewood recently praised the batting quality of the Indian limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma, who is now playing one of the very important roles in the Indian batting line-up.
Since Rohit Sharma has been promoted to the opening batting position in limited-overs cricket, he has shown powerful batting performances and that too in a consistent way. Recently, Rohit also played as an opener in Test cricket, and once again, he has proved his great quality as a batsman.
Rohit has played 32 Tests, 224 ODIs and 108 T20Is, where the right-handed batsman has scored 2141 runs (average 46.54), 9115 runs (average 49.27) and 2773 runs (average 32.62) respectively. He is now the second-ranked ODI batsman.
Rohit is also a consistent performer in the big stages, which he once again proved during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, where he finished as the leading run-scorer (648 runs). Once he gets set, Rohit knows well how to destroy the opposition bowlers with the unstoppable fours and sixes.
Rohit Sharma’s record is phenomenal: Josh Hazlewood
Josh Hazlewood admitted Rohit’s destructive batting quality, especially in the limited-overs cricket, and called his batting records are phenomenal. The 29-year-old Aussie pacer praised Rohit’s natural talent to destroy the opponents quickly.
Hazlwood said on Star Sports’ Cricket Connected, “He’s got many. I think it’s just with how the ease that he plays, especially anything back of a length, anything short, just puts it away with such ease. It’s just an area in which he gets better, I think. He never looks to bludgeon the ball, just pure class and elegance. His records, especially in white-ball cricket, is phenomenal.”
Hazlewood also admitted that they felt very frustrated to bowl Rohit when he was in form.
The Aussie pacer added, “Yeah, absolutely. I mean the batters through our time, obviously are the frustrating ones to bowl to. Even when someone who came quicker like Mitchell Starc or Pat Cummins’ bowling to those guys, it doesn’t seem fast and that’s probably the one thing that sticks out when you are bowling to these types of players.”
While Josh Hazlewood and Rohit Sharma have met in eight international games, the Aussie pacer managed to dismiss him in only one Test innings.
On the other hand, in his international career, Hazlewood has taken 195 wickets in 51 Tests, 78 wickets in 48 ODIs and eight wickets in seven T20Is.