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Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez is backing pace bowler Haris Rauf to achieve his goals if he stays “humble, focused and aggressive”.
Hafeez’s praise for Rauf comes after the 26-year-old took a hat-trick in the Melbourne Stars’ six-wicket win over the Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League (BBL) on Wednesday.
Rauf, who was named Man of the Match, dismissed Matthew Gilkes, captain Callum Ferguson and Daniel Sams to finish with figures of 3-23 off his four overs.
An iconic BBL moment.
— KFC Big Bash League (@BBL) January 8, 2020
— Mohammad Hafeez (@MHafeez22) January 8, 2020
“Congratulations Haris Rauf on continuing [your] great show in [the] BBL for [the] Melbourne Stars. Stay humble, focused and aggressive, I’m sure you will achieve your goals. Stay blessed. Aameen,” Hafeez said on Twitter.
Rauf’s hat-trick was the latest chapter in his dream run in the BBL.
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 the following match against the Thunder, he dismissed Ferguson, Sams and Alex Ross to finish with figures of 3-24 off his four overs.
— KFC Big Bash League (@BBL) January 2, 2020