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I don’t let any batsman dominate me: Rauf issues warning to Kohli, Sharma

Pakistan pacer is keen on doing well in this year’s T20 World Cup

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Pakistan pacer Haris Rauf is eager to lock horns with the best batsmen in the world, during the T20 World Cup, which is scheduled to take place later this year in Australia.

Rauf, who made his Twenty20 International (T20I) debut against Bangladesh in January this year, has played in two seasons of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) and was one of the best performers for Melbourne Stars, in Big Bash League (BBL) season nine, with 20 wickets to his credit.

The right-arm pacer believes that bowling to top quality players, such as Indian duo of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, is tough but he is confident about not letting any batsman dominate him.

“This being a World Cup competition, the quality of opposition will be very tough as top players from each country will be playing in it so all batsmen will be difficult to bowl to,” said Rauf while talking in an interview with PakPassion.

“But looking at the top T20I players in the world, to be the greatest challenge will come from the likes of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. To do well against such top-quality batsmen will do wonders for my confidence and to be honest, based on my experience in BBL, I should be able to do well in the World Cup if given the chance. It is my nature that I don’t let any batsman dominate me,” he added.

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He also spoke about the prospect of participating in a Pakistan, India clash in the mega event.

“It’s a given that any Pakistan versus India game comes with its own special pressure and tension. The pressure is equally high on both sides with supporters of each side wanting to win at all costs,” he said. “For me, any game such as the one between Pakistan and India which has more pressure in it brings out the best in me.”

“I say this based on past experience, where I have performed well when faced with extra pressure, and this match, if I get the chance to play in it, will be no exception for me,” he further stated.