I have never seen Haris Rauf swing the ball and pick wickets like Jasprit Bumrah: Wasim Akram
Wasim Akram criticised Haris Rauf after Pakistan‘s shambolic seven-wicket loss to India in ODI World Cup 2023.
Pakistan suffered a humiliating seven-wicket defeat in the ODI World Cup 2023 against India on Saturday, October 14 at the colossal Narendra Modi Stadium. This is the second time in two months that India managed to defeat Babar Azam's men.
Wasim Akram, who is considered one of the finest bowlers of all time, heaped praise on Jasprit Bumrah for his excellent performance against Pakistan. The Gujarat pacer finished with figures of 2/19 in seven overs and was adjudged Player of the Match.
"Jasprit Bumrah is a clever bowler, one of the best in the world. When he was not getting any swing initially, he was hit for a couple of fours but restricted the flow of runs after that. Everything was finishing within the stumps and that was a slow ball to dismiss Rizwan. Any batter would have got out on the delivery that got Shadab Khan,” Akram said while speaking to A Sports.
Wasim Akram questions Haris Rauf's attitude
Wasim lashed out at Haris Rauf, who failed to impress during the seven-wicket defeat in Ahmedabad in the ODI World Cup. Rauf was taken to the cleaners during Pakistan's unsuccessful defense of a meager 192-run target. The right-arm pacer went wicketless and conceded 43 runs in his six overs. Wasim compared Rauf to Bumrah and said that he has never seen him swing the ball and pick wickets like the star Indian pacer.
"There's an attitude about a bowler. Talking about Haris Rauf, and nothing against him as he's been Pakistan's main bowler. I think that he will only pick wickets when batters go after him. I've never seen him swing the ball and pick wickets like Bumrah did today. He has pace but he has to improve his length for one-day cricket,” Akram added.
Pakistan will look to bounce back in their next game against Australia on Friday, October 20 in the traditionally high-scoring M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.