‘Was It A Cricket Academy Or A Poultry Farm?’ Haris Rauf Launches Attack On Lahore Qalandars’ Head Coach Aaqib Javed. Virat Kohli received a delivery from Pakistani pacer Haris Rauf at the Sydney nets during India’s 2019 tour of Australia. Rauf was then a PSL bowler who was for an Australian club.
Impressed with his skills, Kohli, Rauf says, told him that “you will be playing for Pakistan in six months. And I played for Pakistan in 8-9 months,” Rauf shared this nugget in the Geo News show Hasna Mana Hai.
He was asked to identify a batsman whose wicket he would prize on the show. “I treasure each of my wickets, but if I had to choose one, it would be Virat Kohli,” the bowler said.
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“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. “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.”
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Rauf values his practice session in the nets against the Indians as a turning point in his cricket career. In the past, he had mentioned how former India coach Ravi Shastri had used the same phrase.
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“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. “(Whenever I see Shastri, he often tells me that I used to be a net bowler and that you have now achieved fame and notoriety. He is glad to meet me since he is aware of my background,” Haris remarked.