Pakistani pacer Haris Rauf injures Netherlands batter Bas De Leede with a bouncer during the group match of T20 World Cup 2022.
The bouncer hit the helmet of the batter which injured his eye. Leede retired hurt and eventually left the crease. The batter suffered a cut on his face. A video going viral on social media shows the batter tried to hit a shot on the ball but it got hit on his helmet. The batter was forced to return to the pavilion after suffering the injury.
Following the match, Haris Rauf went to the batter and hugged him. While talking to the batter, Haris Rauf expressed his warm wishes for him, and said to him to ‘Come Back Stronger.’
Haris Rauf 🤝🏽 Bas de Leede
The Netherlands batsman was forced to retire hurt after being hit by a Haris Rauf bouncer, suffering a cut and swelling on his face.#PAKvsNED | #T20WorldCuppic.twitter.com/k5vO8FpFW8
— Grassroots Cricket (@grassrootscric) October 30, 2022
The video of the cricketers exchanging words was shared online. “I was ready to walk back out there”, said Dutch batter Bas De Leede to Haris Rauf. “Hope for your speedy recovery. Come back stronger and hit long sixes again”, Rauf replied.
The man lives. pic.twitter.com/ZYWOQ0V0Sg
— Maxwell O'Dowd (@Maxiboi23) October 30, 2022
The video was shared by the ICC on Twitter. The caption read, “‘You’ll come back stronger!’ Watch the great camaraderie off the field between Haris Rauf and Bas de Leede despite a fiery contest on the pitch”.
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This is not the first time the bouncer and lethal bowling of Haris Rauf have struck batters. Earlier, the ball stuck in the helmet of England’s batter Harry Brook. The video showed the batter was puzzled after the sharp bouncer from Haris Rauf. Rauf rushed to the batter and hugged the batter. Fortunately, he was not injured in the incident.
Earlier, Shaheen Shah Afridi injured the Afghan batter after a lethal Yorker hit the foot of the batter during the warm-up match ahead of the T20 World Cup 2022. The batter was taken off the field immediately to the hospital for the scans.