In the ICC World Cup 2023, Pakistani fast bowler Haris Rauf faces a formidable challenge, having surpassed the 500-run mark conceded in the tournament. Despite ranking as the ninth-highest wicket-taker with 14 dismissals from 9 ODIs, Rauf’s performance is a cause for concern, given his economy rate exceeding 6.8 and a less favorable strike rate of 32.14, ranking within the top 10 bowlers.
During the match against England in Kolkata, Rauf secured only 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 qualification of being the main Asian cricketer to yield 500 runs in a single ODI World Cup edition.
Despite having notable bowlers like Shaheen Shah Afridi and Hasan Ali, Pakistan’s bowling has been lackluster, posing challenges in the tournament. To improve their performance, it’s crucial to focus on Haris Rauf, enhancing his economy rate and strike rate, and thereby strengthening Pakistan’s bowling for more effective competition in the remaining World Cup matches.