England pacer Mark Wood says he is keen on learning death over skills from Haris Rauf. Pakistan defeated England by three runs in a thrilling match in Karachi on Sunday.
Pakistan had defeated England in the fourth T20I from an almost lost match. Haris Rauf played a key role in making Pakistan win the match after Haris Rauf claimed two crucial wickets in the second last over of the second innings. Haris Rauf was awarded player of the match for his match-changing spell. With a thrilling win last night, Pakistan leveled the series by 2-2 in the Karachi leg.
England star pacer Mark Wood who recently made a strong comeback to the national side was impressed by Haris Rauf’s bowling and said, “Maybe I’ll chat to him and see if he’s willing to share some secrets.” Wood said that Haris Rauf has the same pace and height, but the way he uses his arm while bowling slower deliveries is worth learning.
Haris Rauf is bowling serious heat 🔥
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Haris Rauf makes NSK and Pakistan ROAR.
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Haris Rauf "I'd like to learn from Mark Wood about his quick deliveries and if he likes my slower ball I can talk to him about it. It'll be good for us to chat. I really like his bowling" #PAKvENG #Cricket
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“He’s someone that’s my height, my pace, skiddy. And he has an excellent slower ball. His arm speed for his slower ball is very good and that’s something I’m not good at and would like to get better at,” he added.
Regarding receiving the praise from Waqar Younus and Wasim Akram, Wood said, “I look up to them a bit so if they give you any praise, you know you must be doing something right. I value their opinion. It seems like this country produces a lot of fast bowlers, and when you look at the pitches, their skill level has to be really high to get wickets, and they’ve got that deadly pace as well. They have a mystery about them that makes them deadly.”
Mark Wood has been the key player in giving his team a victory of 63 runs in the third T20I against Pakistan.
Meanwhile, Haris Rauf is trending atop on social media since last night. Pakistani cricket fans and international cricket commentators are in awe of Haris Rauf. People recalled the journey and transformation of Haris Rauf ever since his start in PSL from Lahore Qalandars.