Pakistan pacer Haris Rauf, who is plying his trade for Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League (BBL), pulled out a unique celebration, promoting social distancing and following COVID-19 protocols. While many cricketers have their own unique celebrations, this celebration looks the most appropriate given the situation the world is going through.
Having won the toss, Scorchers got off to a blazing start and scored 21 runs in the first two overs. However, Rauf helped the Stars stage a comeback. He dismissed Kurtis Patterson for 8. He bowled a good length delivery which took the edge of a driving Patterson. The formalities were completed by keeper Joe Clark. Post the wicket, Rauf took out a virtual sanitiser and sprayed it on his hand. Later, he also put a mask on his face.
Rauf ended the match with figures of 2-38. However, his performance was not good enough to win Stars the game. A magnificent half-century by Laurie Evans and crucial knocks by Nick Hobson and Ashton Turner took Scorchers to a daunting total of 196-3. Stars in reply could only make 149-9 in their 20 overs and lost the match by 47 runs.