Pakistan’s star pacer Haris Rauf, who entered the Pakistan cricket team as a net bowler, has cemented his place in the national team as one of the premier pacers in all formats. Rauf made his debut in 2022 and so far has taken 29 wickets in 16 international games. Indian fans still remember him as the bowler against whom Indian batting legend Virat Kohli hit two consecutive sixes in a crunch situation, during IND vs PAK T20 World Cup 2022 match.
Virat’s first six against Rauf in the penultimate over, for which the Indian batter shuffled across the crease to make space and hit for a massive six, was one of the biggest talking points in the tournament.
In a recent discussion on Pakistan’s Geo News show ‘Hasna Mana Hai’, Rauf revealed his diet which helped him become a premier fast bowler.
“I eat 24 eggs a day. Aquib Javed (former Pakistan bowler and a coach now) had given me the diet plan: 8 eggs for breakfast, 8 for lunch and 8 for dinner. When I had gone to the cricket academy for the first time, the room had crates of egg piled up. I felt as if I had come to some poultry farm,” Rauf said.
He further talked about gaining weight after receiving advice from his coach Aquib Javed.
“I was 72 kgs then and Aquibbhai told me I need to be around 82-83 kgs, ideal for my height. I am now 82 kgs,” he added.
Rauf also talked about how team India’s former coach Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli appreciated his struggles from being a net bowler to a regular bowler in Pakistan cricket team.
“Aksar unse (Ravi Shastri) mulakat hoti hai, wo kehte hai ‘yaar ek net bowler jaise tum hamare paas aye they…aur jis tarah tum world me bowling kar rahey ho tumhara ek naam hai. Jab hum tumko dekhte hai to hume kafi khushi milti hai’. To unhe sara pata hai jaise Virat bhai bhi kafi appreciate karte hai ki ek time tum net bowler bhi they.,” said Rauf.
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