'He reminds me of my fame and knows where I came from' - Haris Rauf recalls interaction with Ravi Shastri
Haris Rauf made his Test debut for Pakistan during the ongoing first Test in Rawalpindi against England.
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Pakistan's Haris Rauf has emerged as one of the best white-ball bowlers in the last 12 months, with the speedster often turning heads with his ferocious pace. Arguably Pakistan's best bowler in the shortest format of the game, Haris recalled his humble beginnings when he was invited by former Indian head coach Ravi Shastri as a net bowler for the Indian team during their 2018-19 tour of Australia.
Haris Rauf's rise to fame came after his tremendously successful stint with the Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League. He finally got the recognition he deserved and was called up by Ravi Shastri's India as a net bowler. He bowled against the likes of KL Rahul and Virat Kohli during his time in the Indian camp.
In a latest interview with Crickwick, the Pakistani spearhead revealed how the former Indian coach keeps reminding him of his success whenever they meet each other. He revealed that batting superstar Virat Kohli also appreciates his rise in the international arena.
“Aksar unse (Ravi Shastri) se mulakat hoti hai, wo kehte hai ‘yaar ek net bowler jaise tum hamare paas aye they…aur jis tarah tum world me bowling kar rahey ho tumhara ek naam hai. Jab hum tumko dekhte hai to hume kafi khushi milti hai. To unhe sara pata hai jaise Virat bhai bhi kafi appreciate karte hai ki ek time tum net bowler bhi they. (Whenever I meet Shastri, he always reminds me how I was a net bowler once, and now you have so much fame. So, he knows where I came from. Even Kohli appreciates where I have reached)," he said to Crickwick.
Haris Rauf gets his maiden Test call-up against England
The Pakistani fast-bowling sensation has finally got his maiden Test call-up for the Test series against England following his impressive showings in white-ball cricket over the last couple of years. He is leading the attack for his side in the first Test match in Rawalpindi in the absence of the injured Shaheen Afridi.