Pakistan’s tearaway pacer Haris Rauf has received a heroic welcome at home from his friends and family. In the seven matches including the final, he took eight wickets at an average of 22.25, an economy of 6.84, and a strike rate of 19.5. During the tournament, he tormented the batters with his disconcerting pace. Meanwhile, after the team lost the final, the team returned to their nation, and the players headed home.
Meanwhile, Rauf was welcomed with garlands, and dhol was played in the background. Talking about the right-arm pacer’s contribution in the final, he took the wickets of Phil Salt and Jos Buttler. In the game, he troubled the batters with pacy outswingers. However, he couldn’t prevent his side losing the final by five wickets with Ben Stokes taking England over the line
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Meanwhile, the 29-year-old might get an opportunity to play Test cricket for Pakistan. Apparently, Shaheen Afridi got injured during the summit clash of the World Cup and has been ruled out for the home series against England. In that case, Rauf might get to play. In the past, he was part of the Tests squads in different series but never got the opportunity.
He has played 15 ODIs and 57 T20Is already for the Green Brigade. Notably, a couple of years ago, he expressed his desire to play the red-ball format. He said “I made my mind properly that I am going to play Test at any cost. I am putting all my efforts to earn it. I am all in for it. I am not only ready but very much excited to take a lot out of this [England] tour. Whatever I will get, I will make most out of it,” he said in a video conference in 2020.
“The way I got a start in white-ball cricket, I wish to make a name for myself in red-ball cricket. It’s a long tour and a big opportunity for me. I have done well in T20 cricket but now I want to look beyond that. I know I haven’t got experience under my belt and played three first-class matches only, but I know how to bowl longer spells. In Australia, playing premier club cricket, I did play four-day games so I have an idea of what it takes,” Rauf said.