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Pakistan pace bowler Haris Rauf has revealed that he is determined to represent his country in all three formats after stealing the spotlight in the ongoing Big Bash League (BBL).
Rauf, who is playing for the Melbourne Stars, is currently the second-highest wicket-taker in the tournament with 15 wickets in six games at a brilliant average of 10.80 and an economy rate of 6.75.
The 26-year-old noted that it is wrong of people to assume that he wants to be a Twenty20 specialist.
“It is wrong to assume that I want to focus on T20s,” Rauf was quoted as saying by Cricket Pakistan. “I want to represent my country in all formats of the game.
“People have put a label on me that I am only a T20 player. I have performed in one-days and have bowled long spells in First-Class cricket as well. This tag that I am just a T20 bowler is completely false.
“I am very happy with my performances in Australia. I had been playing cricket in Australia for two years and that is why I had an idea of how to bowl on these wickets. That experience helped me a lot. Getting a hat-trick at the MCG was a big moment for me.
“I have not been able to serve my country yet. My contract in the BBL however is a big achievement for me. I am trying to avail this opportunity to its fullest extent. Lahore Qalandars worked really hard for me and helped me get this contract.”
In his most recent game for the Stars, which was against the Sydney Sixers on Sunday, Rauf only took one wicket.
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
Going up against the Thunder again, Rauf took a hat-trick as he 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