Pakistan pace bowler Haris Rauf credited India all-rounder Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul and said that they helped him hugely during the start of his career. He has had a decent run since his debut for Pakistan in 2020. He clocked continuous speeds of over 145 kmph in the recent T20 World Cup 2021 and troubled everyone with the pace as well.
However, Haris Rauf was a part of a local cricket club Wests Ashfield Leagues Club in Sydney and he was picked up as a net bowler in the Australian team for the 2019 home series against India as well.
With this, he managed to bowl to Pandya, Rahul as well as Virat Kohli too and had a chat with them as well.
“When I was a net bowler for India, I had bowled to them in Sydney in the nets. So I had told them once that I would one day bowl to them in an international game. And both Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul had told me that I have the potential to bowl at an international level. They gave me a lot of confidence,” said Haris Rauf during an interview at Paktv.tv.
“Then, when I met them recently at the T20 World Cup, they remembered all our conversations. We had a discussion over it as well, and they were really happy for me watching me play for Pakistan. When you play with good players, you learn all the good things. I always try to learn good things from such players,” further added Haris Rauf.
India to play Pakistan in T20 World Cup on October 23
However, India will take on Pakistan again in the T20 World Cup 2022 as both teams are once again placed in the same group. The game is slated to take place at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on October 23 as well.
Notably, Pakistan beat India by 10 wickets last time during the T20 World Cup.