Following the footsteps of the legendary Virender Sehwag, Team India opener Rohit Sharma has established himself has one of the most destructive batsmen ever. Nicknamed the ‘hitman’, the right handed run machine has sent many bowlers, from pacers to spinners, outside the boundary rope. However, former West Indies cricket team icon Michael Holding believes Sharma may find it difficult facing “someone with real pace.”
Holding was recently hosted by journalist Nikhil Naz for an exclusive interview via live session on Instagram.
An amazing fast bowler during his prime, the veteran Jamaican has picked up the wickets of many thunderous batsmen of the bygone era of cricket, and he was asked what would the situation be like to face some of the most hard hitting batsmen of today, such as the South African AB de Villers or India’s Rohit Sharma.
“I think batsmen play their shots depending upon the pace of the bowlers. Those players and the shots that you are talking about I would like to see them play those shots against someone with real pace,” Holding said during the session.
Both Sharma and ABD are famous for the different types of shots they have in their arsenal, to face different bowlers, from seamers to spinners. However, Holding believes it would be a toilsome effort for them to face some of the speed stars like Dale Steyn, Brett Lee or Shoaib Akhtar.
“If they can play shots like that against that pace I’ll start to worry about what I am going to do,” Holding went on, “With the kind of pace I used to bowl, I wouldn’t be worried about those shots being played.”
Below here is the full interview, courtesy of Nikhil Naz’s official Instagram:
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In his twelve years of international cricket, Holding has made 60 Test and 102 ODI appearances for the Windies, and has picked 249 and 142 wickets in both formats respectively, while securing 13 five wicket and two 10-wicket hauls in red ball cricket.