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Legendary Pakistan seamer Aaqib Javed has admitted that he has been really impressed with the pace duo of Mohammad Hasnain and Haris Rauf.
Javed was impressed with the promise both bowlers showed in this year’s Pakistan Super League (PSL).
Hasnain, who has since gone on to represent Pakistan in ODIs and Twenty20 Internationals, took 12 wickets in seven matches at an average of 17.58 for the Quetta Gladiators in the tournament, while Rauf claimed 11 wickets in 10 games at an average of 24.27 for the Lahore Qalandars.
Rauf has also impressed in the National T20 Cup, where he has picked up six wickets in five matches at an average of 22.50 for Northern Pakistan, who will take on Balochistan in the final on Thursday.
“Only two bowlers really impressed me in the PSL; one was Haris Rauf and the other was Mohammad Hasnain, and I have high hopes for both,” Javed was quoted as saying by PakPassion. “Whilst Haris needs to put in more performances in the next PSL to prove his case for a place in the Pakistan side, in Hasnain’s case, I feel that we need to allow some time for him to develop as he has a lot of potential. After all, not everyone can bowl at speeds in excess of 150kph!
“It’s my view that if you are blessed with such natural pace, you can learn the rest of the skills such as variation over time so Hasnain is a great prospect. We must also realise that he is in the middle of an age range of 16-22 years, where the majority of fast bowlers can pick up injuries if exposed to the pressures of international cricket, so we need to be careful about pushing him too hard.
“What Hasnain needs to do now is to train his body for longer bowling spells. Also, his bowling action needs a little work as his front leg collapses at the point of delivery due to which his knee and ankle are exposed to extra pressure and cause problems for him, as has happened in the past as well. Pakistan need to develop him gradually and continue working on his fitness and good results will follow.”