Pakistan has always been a nation that has produced talented fast bowlers. The 26-year-old Haris Rauf is seen as the next big thing in Pakistan cricket. His remarkable journey as a bright prospect started when he was roped in by Lahore Qalandars during trials for their Player Development Program in 2017.
Since then, Rauf plied his trade in two editions of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) and was also a star performer for Melbourne Stars in BBL 09. His best performance came during that season when he bagged as many as 20 wickets to his name.
Haris Rauf names the biggest challenge at ICC T20 World Cup
Haris Rauf’s transformation is because of Dale Steyn’s words of wisdom at Lahore Qalandars. When asked about the batsman he would rate as his biggest challenge at the ICC T20 World Cup, he said looks forward to bowling against the likes of Indian captain Virat Kohli and vice-captain Rohit Sharma at the ICC T20 World Cup.
“This being a World Cup competition, the quality of opposition will be very tough as top players from each country will be playing in it so all batsmen will be difficult to bowl to. But looking at the top T20I players in the world, to be the greatest challenge will come from the likes of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.
To do well against such top-quality batsmen will do wonders for my confidence and to be honest, based on my experience in BBL, I should be able to do well in the World Cup if given the chance. It is my nature that I don’t let any batsman dominate me and that is how I did so well in BBL 09 even against such quality batsmen like Steve Smith, as I didn’t allow him to put any pressure on me at all,” Haris Rauf told Pakpassion.net
In January 2020, Haris Rauf was listed in Pakistan’s Twenty20 International (T20I) squad for their series against Bangladesh. He announced his arrival in international cricket when he made his debut against Bangladesh where he picked two wickets in two matches.