In the ICC World Cup 2023, Pakistan’s fast bowler Haris Rauf is facing a formidable challenge, having surpassed 500 runs conceded in the tournament. Despite being the ninth highest wicket-taker with 14 scalps from 9 ODIs, Rauf’s performance raises concerns with an economy rate exceeding 6.8 and a less favorable strike rate of 32.14 among the top-10 bowlers.
During the match against England in Kolkata, Rauf secured just one wicket but conceded 44 runs in his 6 overs. The 30-year-old right-arm pacer, known as Pakistan’s fastest bowler, now holds the distinction of being the first Asian cricketer to concede 500 runs in a single ODI World Cup edition.
Despite the presence of notable bowlers like Shaheen Shah Afridi and Hasan Ali in their lineup, Pakistan’s overall bowling display has been subpar, significantly contributing to their struggles in the tournament. Addressing Rauf’s performance, improving his economy rate and strike rate becomes crucial for Pakistan to enhance their bowling prowess and contend more competitively in the remainder of the World Cup.