New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: Swashbuckling Indian opener Rohit Sharma has revealed that he had a lot of trouble playing two overseas bowlers during his early career. In an Instagram live session with fast bowler Mohammed Shami, the 33-year-old said that he initially had trouble facing Australian fast bowler Brett Lee and South African pacer Dale Steyn.

"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," Rohit said during Star Sports show Cricket Connected.

In 2007, Lee was at his peak. I used to watch him closely and noticed that he used to consistently bowl at the pace of around 150 kmph. The thought of a youngster like me facing that kind of speed took gave me nightmares.

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"I have two favourite bowlers who I never wanted to face, one was Brett Lee and the other was Dale Steyn. I never wanted to face Steyn because playing pace and swing at the same time was a nightmare, it was just unreal," he added.

When Mohammed Shami asked right-handed batsman about which bowler is his favorite, Sharma said that at present there are many bowlers that he likes. Rohit Sharma named South African fast bowler Kagiso Rabada and Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood.

"From the current lot, Rabada is a good bowler, I really like Josh Hazelwood as well, he bowls with great discipline," he added.

Rohit Sharma made his ODI debut in 2007. Till 2013, he batted in the middle order, but after 2013 emerged as the regular opener of the Indian team. The 33-year-old is the only batsman in the world to score three double centuries in ODI international cricket. He holds the world record for scoring the highest individual score of 264 runs in an ODI innings.

(with IANS inputs)

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