Veteran Pakistan bowler Haris Rauf recently recalled the time when he bowled to Virat Kohli after being called up as a net bowler for India. Back in 2018-19, when India toured Australia for a Test, ODI and T20I series, Rauf got his chance to bowl to the star India player, who was at the peak of his form at the international level as well. Rauf, who is currently one of the best bowlers of Pakistan in limited-overs cricket, said that he was awestruck by the amount of concentration Virat Kohli showed even in net sessions as well.
“When I was a net bowler for the Indian team and was bowling to Virat Kohli, I felt like he knew exactly where the ball was going to hit his bat. He was very focused and that showed how sharp his concentration was,” Rauf said in ESPNcricinfo’s documentary The Incredible Rise of Haris Rauf. “Even during practice sessions in the nets, it felt like I was playing a match against him, despite being a net bowler. His remarkable control and intensity made me realise why he has such a reputation in the game.
The veteran also spoke about being inspired by legendary South African fast bowler Dale Steyn as well. Back in the 2019-20 BBL season, Rauf got a chance to play for the Melbourne Stars where he impressed everyone with his stunning space. He claimed a five-wicket haul and a hat-trick to announce his arrival at the international level as well.
“I used to watch Dale Steyn and I liked the way he used to show aggression on the field after picking up a wicket. He inspired me to be aggressive on the field. That’s why he is my idol,” Rauf added.
Haris Rauf also plays for the Lahore Qalandars, who became the first team to win back-to-back titles in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) earlier this year as well.