Lahore: Pakistan pacer Haris Rauf, on Wednesday, expressed his delight on playing arch-rivals India at Melbourne Cricket Ground in the upcoming T20 World Cup. It is noteworthy that both teams will battle it out against each other on 23rd October.Also Read – Star Sports Unveils Its Promo For The Greatest Rivalry At ICC Men’s T20 World Cup
“If I give my best, they won’t be able to play me easily. For the upcoming World Cup match, I’m very happy because it is at the Melbourne Cricket Ground,” Rauf, who plays for Melbourne Stars in the BBL, said in the post-match interaction after their six-run win over England. Also Read – IND vs SA: KL Rahul Defends Bowlers After Runfest In 2nd T20I, Says Hard To Grip The Ball Due To Humidity
“It is my home ground because I play for the Melbourne Stars, and I have an idea of how the conditions play out there. I’ve already started planning on how I would bowl against India,” he said. Also Read – Will AB de Villiers Come Back To RCB In IPL 2023? Here's What The Cricketer Has To Say
Pakistan took a 3-2 series lead in the seven-match T20I series here on Wednesday.
Pakistan defeated India by 10 wickets — for the first time in a world tournament — in the last edition of the T20I World Cup in UAE. But recently in the Asia Cup, India secured a clinical five-wicket win before losing to Pakistan in the ‘Super 4’ stage.
The 28-year-old fed the Indian batters with short-pitch deliveries as he returned wicketless in their first match of the Asia Cup. But in the Super 4 stage, he accounted for the key wicket of India skipper Rohit Sharma. The 28-year-old ended the Asia Cup with eight wickets from six matches. But in the ongoing series he’s been at his best, leading the tally with eight wickets from five matches.
“The match between India and Pakistan is always a high-pressure game. In the World Cup last year, I was feeling so much pressure. But in the past two matches in the Asia Cup, I didn’t feel much of it because I knew I just had to give my best,” Rauf added.
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