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South Africa pace maestro Dale Steyn has revealed that Pakistan seamer Haris Rauf “scared everybody” when he joined the Melbourne Stars for the Big Bash League (BBL).
Prior to the Stars’ first game in the tournament, Rauf, who was brought in as cover for Steyn while he was recovering from a side strain, bowled to many of the batsmen in the nets and unleashed numerous bouncers.
Steyn noted it got to a point where the batsmen told Rauf to stop bowling as none of them wanted to get injured.
Dale Steyn "I didn't know much about Haris Rauf & watched him bowl in the nets before the first game & he scared everybody. He was bouncing guys & they had to go & say to him you've got to stop bowling now as we've got a game tomorrow & you can't injure any of the guys" #BBL09
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) January 3, 2020
“I didn’t know much about Haris Rauf and watched him bowl in the nets before the first game and he scared everybody. He was bouncing guys and they had to go and say to him you’ve got to stop bowling now as we’ve got a game tomorrow and you can’t injure any of the guys,” Steyn was quoted as saying by Saj Sadiq on Twitter.
Rauf has been in red-hot form with the ball in the BBL and is currently the third-highest wicket-taker with 10 wickets in three games at an incredible average of 7.10.
In his BBL debut against the Brisbane Heat, which the Stars won by 22 runs, Rauf took figures of 2-20 off his four overs, which included a wicket off his very first ball.
Dale who? @HarisRauf14 takes the big wicket of Max Bryant on his very first ball!
— KFC Big Bash League (@BBL) December 20, 2019
He followed that up with a five-wicket haul in the Melbourne Stars’ 52-run win over the Hobart Hurricanes.
Rauf dismissed Hurricanes captain Ben McDermott, Macalister Wright, Thomas Rogers, Qais Ahmad and Nathan Ellis to finish with figures of 5-27 off his four overs.
— KFC Big Bash League (@BBL) December 22, 2019
In his most recent match against the Sydney Thunder, he dismissed captain Callum Ferguson, Daniel Sams and Alex Ross to finish with figures of 3-24 off his four overs.
— KFC Big Bash League (@BBL) January 2, 2020