Pakistan star pacer Haris Rauf credits skipper Babar Azam for his improvement in his bowling skills. In his latest interview, Rauf was all praise for Babar Azam for supporting him in his career.
When asked about his emergence as the best fast death-over bowler for Pakistan, Haris Rauf credited Babar Azam for achieving this feat.
“I strongly believe that the improvement in my performance is all because of Babar Azam,” Haris told Dawn. “We played really good and exciting cricket in the last two years.
“In this period, we emerged as a good unit, especially in white-ball cricket, and the credit goes to our skipper Babar Azam, who trusted the abilities of players, which ultimately gave us confidence.”
Harris also made a special mention of partner Shaheen Shah Afridi. According to him, the support of Shaheen Shah Afridi has encouraged him to do better. “Shaheen Shah Afridi is a great support from the other end, he said. “We have a very strong bond, and it helps me to keep enhancing my bowling skills. “
Both Shaheen Shah Afridi and Haris Rauf play together in the PSL franchise Lahore Qalandars. Haris Rauf in his interview admitted that he felt extra pressure from leading the bowling attack of Pakistan in the absence of Shaheen Shah Afridi. He played Asia Cup and home series against England without Shaheen Shah Afridi. The bowlers were reunited before the start of the T20 World Cup 2022.
“Shaheen wasn’t part of that series, so I was leading the bowling unit,” Haris noted about the England T20s. “..so I was extra responsible and managed my bowlers accordingly.
“It wasn’t easy to lead the bowling unit without him, but I was lucky enough that I took the advantage and learned this job from Shaheen.”
Talking about the defeat against India and Zimbabwe he said, “That bad start was actually the start of our good end,” Haris said of Pakistan’s T20 World Cup campaign. “The loss against Zimbabwe was a true wake-up call, and then everyone stood up to perform.”