Melbourne Stars' Maxwell, Zampa praise ‘amazing’ Haris Rauf

The right-arm pacer took 20 wickets in his 10-match stint with Stars last season

Melbourne Stars' Maxwell, Zampa praise ‘amazing’ Haris Rauf PHOTO COURTESY: Melbourne Stars

Haris Rauf’s Melbourne Stars teammates Glenn Maxwell and Adam Zampa recalled his emergence on the international stage during last year’s Big Bash League (BBL) season.

The right-arm pacer took 20 wickets in his 10-match stint with Stars and played an integral part in taking his team to the playoffs.

Maxwell, in a video posted on Stars’ Twitter account, opened up about his experience of captaining Haris Rauf in the ninth season of BBL.

“Being captain of someone, who is so highly skilled and talented, it can go both ways. Sometimes he don’t quite execute what you tell him to execute. And then he gets a wicket the next ball you tell him to execute, and he will then look at you and apologise,” Maxwell said.

“Even before his hat-trick last year, he had asked me what to bowl and he went the opposite way and still got it done, so it actually worked both ways,” he added.

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Meanwhile, Zampa revealed how Stars’ batsmen dreaded the proposition to face Rauf in the nets during training sessions.

“Haris Rauf was an interesting one last year. We had heard of him playing some club cricket in Tasmania. Hurricanes were close to signing him but we got him at the last minute, and his emergence is something we all remember from last year. Since then he has gone on to play for Pakistan too,” Zampa said.

“He used to bowl 150 clicks in the nets and tried to blow blokes’ heads off. David Hussey had to remind him that these are your teammates. I would never face Haris Rauf in the nets,” he added.


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Rauf is set to return to the Melbourne Stars for the ongoing edition of the BBL and is expected to arrive in Australia in early January and be available until the start of February.