The last few years have been terrific and also one of the most successful for the star Indian batsman Rohit Sharma. The Indian opener is also regarded as one of the best batsmen in the world in the limited-overs format.
He is known for his slothy start to his innings when he comes to bat at the crease. But as he spends some time at the crease, he tends to take the full advantage of the pitch as well as capitalize on the opposition’s bowling.
More than that, he tears apart the bowling lineup of the opposition as he converts his innings bigger. He has been as fathomable in the last few years and also has three double centuries.
Rohit has all the trendy shots in his arsenal, and he hammers sixes with such ease that it leaves some of the best bowlers mystified on how to deal with him. The longer Rohit stays in on the crease, the more harmful he tends to turn out to be. That is why he is the only batsman to get three double hundred in the ODIs.
This is why New Zealand star pacer Lockie Ferguson embraces Rohit Sharma as one of his more treacherous rivals.
In an interview with Sportskeeda, Ferguson was questioned to name a batsmen he finds tough to bowl at. “Good question, there’s quite a few. Rohit, I’ve found him very challenging,” Ferguson said.
“With him, if you don’t get him out quickly, he tends to go big. He picks up the length very quickly and where my strengths lie, batters play the wrong shot. He’s a world-class batter,” Ferguson added.
The right-arm pacer also went on to include Australia stars Steve Smith and David Warner, alongside India captain Virat Kohli on the list. “Steve Smith, David Warner, Virat Kohli – these guys are world-class for a reason. They’re always tough to bowl at but it feels good when you knock off the top order and have a chance to get to bowl to the middle order or the lower order,” Ferguson said.
He further added that he is a big fan of Rohit Sharma. “Rohit, I’m a huge fan of him, I think he’s an exceptional batter.”
In the meantime, in a recent interview, India left-handed batsman Suresh Raina considered Rohit Sharma as “next MS Dhoni”. “I would say he is the next MS Dhoni for the Indian cricket team,” Raina said on The Super Over Podcast. “I have seen him, he is calm, he likes to listen, he likes to give confidence to the players and on top of that, he likes to lead from the front,” added Raina.