Pakistan’s in form pacer, Haris Rauf has hit back on the critics claiming he is a one format player. In an exclusive interview to Cricket Pakistan, he stated that he wants to represent his country in all three formats of the game.
“It is wrong to assume that I want to focus on T20s. I want to represent my country in all formats of the game. People have put a label on me that I am only a T20 player. I have performed in one-days and have bowled long spells in First-Class cricket as well. This tag that I am just a T20 bowler is completely false,” Rauf said.
He has been in scintillating form for his side Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash and he credits that performance to his previous stint in Australia where he played for Lahore Qalandars rising team.
“I am very happy with my performances in Australia. I had been playing cricket in Australia for two years and that is why I had an idea of how to bowl on these wickets. That experience helped me a lot. Getting a hat-trick at the MCG was a big moment for me,” he added.
“I have not been able to serve my country yet. My contract in the BBL however is a big achievement for me. I am trying to avail this opportunity to its fullest extent. Lahore Qalandars worked really hard for me and helped me get this contract,” he stated.
He talks about playing with his idol Dale Steyn and how playing with him was a huge learning curve for him. While also admitting his cut-throat celebration was over the top.
“The time I spent with Dale Steyn was great. I tried to send the maximum amount of my time with him in the nets, matches, or the dressing room. I have learned a lot from him. I got tips on controlling my out-swinger,” he said.
“I realized that the cut-throat celebrations were wrong. I apologized for the incident and it will not happen in the future. I got a call from Aqib bhai as well who told me that it was not right,” he added.
The 26 year old revealed that he is looking to increase his stay in Melbourne while he was thankful to Lahore Qalandars management for giving him a chance and nurturing him.
“I plan on playing for the Melbourne Stars next year as well. The way the team and the players support each other is great. I feel that this is my own team. They have an environment like it’s a big family,” he mentioned.
“Lahore Qalandars have a big role in my development. Aqib bhai helped me greatly as well. Their player development program is the best platform for any rising player. My life changed when I went for their trials. I couldn’t even have thought of playing at this level before,” he stated.
Recently Pakistan’s bowing coach was full of praise for the boy from Pindi and Haris Rauf acknowledges that and expressed happiness at his comments.
“Everyone is saying that I should be included in the Pakistan team now. I just focus on my performances. When a person can keep on performing he can get opportunities to serve his country in different capacities. I will give my best if I get the opportunity of representing my country. Waqar Younis’ comments have made me very happy. He talked to me as well, and told me that I was doing a good job while advising me to keep working hard,” he concluded.