Brad Hogg
Brad Hogg (Image Credit: Twitter)

Former Australia spinner Brad Hogg was impressed with the way Pakistan fast bowler, Haris Rauf, has been willing to learn and interact with the seniors in the team during the crucial stages of the game. Rauf has been brilliant for Pakistan so far and even earned the Man of the Match award for his four-wicket haul against New Zealand on Tuesday.

The 27-year-old Rauf has become Pakistan’s designated death bowler, but he wasn’t as successful as they would have liked coming into the T20 World Cup. Things have changed quite drastically for him, however, as he has developed the slower ball, which was missing from his armoury in the leadup to the tournament. Speaking about the pacer’s performances, Hogg said:

Pakistan cricket team
Haris Rauf [photo: Twitter]

He knows that he’s raw, a little wet behind the ears, he knows he’s not got much experience and knowledge at the international level. So, he’s listening to his teammates out in the middle, like Babar Azam for one, Malik and Hafeez, those experienced players, just to give him the comfort of the ball that he wants to bowl next in those pressure situations. I thought that was brilliant and he did the same thing against New Zealand. You’ve got to adapt and you can adapt.

“One thing he has to be careful about is his pattern” – Brad Hogg

Brad Hogg pointed out that there’s a specific pattern that Haris Rauf follows when he’s trying to bring the slower ball into effect. This needs to change since the other teams will begin studying the particular pattern and figure him out.

Haris rauf and Babar Azam
Babar Azam has used Haris Rauf well. (Credits: Twitter)

One thing that he has got to be careful of is that he’s bowling that slower ball in a pattern. He is bowling alternate slower balls, so opposition teams are going to work this out and wait for the slower deliveries. So, he needs to shake up his pattern,” Hogg added.

Pakistan has claimed two wins from two games and sits at the top of the table with a reasonable net run rate. They will face Afghanistan on October 29 in their third match of the Super 12 stage.

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