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Recalling the days of his struggle, Pakistani pacer Haris Rauf has revealed that he used to sell snacks in the market to pay for his education fees. Rauf added that the fight continued until he started playing tapeball cricket. Rauf, who made his debut for Pakistan in 2020, has become a vital cog in Pakistan’s pace attack. He bowls above 145 kmph quite easily and has claimed 53 ODI and 83 T20I wickets for Pakistan so far in his career.
“After my matriculation, I worked at the market on Sundays selling snacks (nimco) to pay my school fees. The rest of the week I go to school and the academy,” Rauf told ESPNcricinfo.
“When I enrolled in college, my father didn’t earn enough to pay my tuition, and I couldn’t afford it either, but playing tape-ball cricket helped me manage my tuition easily.
“The boys, who play tapeball professionally in Pakistan, easily earn around Rs 2-2.5 lakh a month. I used to earn that and give it to my mother, but I never told my father that I was earning that much.”
The Pakistani pacer also revealed that during the days of fighting, there came a point where he and his family had to sleep in the kitchen due to lack of space.
“My father has three brothers and they all lived together. My father had one big room and when my uncles got married, my father gave his room to his brothers. We eventually got to the point where we were sleeping in the kitchen,” Rauf said. .
Pace bowling just adds an extra essence to the game of cricket. Anything bowled above 90mph is considered good pace even in international cricket and the bowlers who can clock that kind of speed with good line and length are a gem. The same goes for Pakistan’s Haris Rauf. The ace speedster has some serious pace in his bowling as he can easily clock around 150 kmph.
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