Asia Cup 2022: We take game as a game only, says Pakistan pacer Haris Rauf ahead of IND vs PAK Super 4 clash
Asia Cup 2022: Pakistan pacer Haris Rauf claimed that they will treat their encounter against the Men in Blue like any other game and that he will strive to throw as many dot balls as he can before the highly anticipated match against their arch-rivals India in the Super Four round of the ongoing Asia Cup 2022.
“The way we played and fought in the last game against India and the way we played against Hong Kong we would like to carry on that momentum. You take time to adjust to the conditions. We take the game as a game only,” Haris Rauf said in a pre-match press conference.
Regarding the pitch and weather conditions in their match against Hong Kong in Sharjah, Rauf said, “In the kind of situation, we were in there was a lot of humidity. We would like to work on our mistakes and try not to repeat them.”
As the bitter rivals get set for their upcoming Asia Cup matchup on Sunday, Rauf stated that the team is prepared for their second encounter with India.
“We will try to bowl in their weak zone. The kind of swing we are getting on the pitch is great and the wicket is helping fast bowlers. We need to see the pitch and plan accordingly. My aim is to bowl as many dot balls as I can so that we can take wickets. Bowling dot balls can get you wickets,” he said.
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Rauf described the former India captain as a “legend” and added that they can learn a lot from a player like him when talking about the day he received a signed India jersey from star India batter Virat Kohli.
“Virat Kohli is a legend we learn a lot from a player like him. He gave me his shirt which I had asked for a long time ago. Suryakumar Yadav is a good player. But we would like to stick to our strengths and bowl well,” said Rauf.
Following Shaheen Shah Afridi’s exclusion from the Asia Cup, Rauf stated that they were searching for a replacement.
Pacer Nadeem Shah finished with statistics of 2-27 in India’s recent five-wicket victory over Pakistan in the Asia Cup T20. But a foot injury in the final few overs left him limping. Suryakumar Yadav, an Indian hitter, was later bowled by Shah for 18 and his final over was completed.
“The way Shaheen got injured we were thinking who will bowl with the new ball. He used to get us early wickets. But the way Naseem Shah is bowling we are happy,” he added.
“Idea is to get the wickets of Indian players early if they stay at the wicket then the runs automatically come. Because it is a wicket if you stay then you can easily score runs,” said the Pakistan pacer.