Pakistan pacer Haris Rauf gave a classy reply to an aggression question by a journalist during the latest press conference event. A journalist asked his opinion about the lack of aggression in current Pakistani fast bowlers and drew a comparison with that of the former Pakistani pacemen.
India and Pakistan meet each other on the cricket field on rare occasions which only ended up increasing the hype surrounding the game. However, social media fans have pointed out that the spark within the players from both sides is gone.
Even former cricketers from both countries have commented on the same. Ex-India opener Gautam Gambhir, during the Asia Cup match between India and Pakistan, said on air that the players from both sides have become friendly with each other while playing. However, during that Asia Cup match against India, Rauf gave a fiery send-off to Ishan Kishan after the latter scored 82 runs off 81 balls.
Back to the press conference, when Rauf was quizzed about the aggression question, he gave a befitting reply. “Toh kya ladai karu Indians ke saath? Cricket hain ye jung thodi hain. (So should I fight with the Indian? This is cricket, this is not a war.)” said Rauf during the press conference.
When the journalist repeated the question, Rauf added: “There’s still aggression even if other people believe in it or not. But we as a team believe in ourselves, that we are the best and we will give our best.”
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PCB wrote to ICC CEO Geoff Allardice that the visa issues for the players, team officials, fans, and journalists have been addressed for more than three years and that PCB can’t accept such treatment from India. Pakistan will start their World Cup campaign on October 6 against the Netherlands.
Gouri Das is a cricket writer at FirstSportz. Despite always being a sporty kid, she disliked being inactive in one place for a long time to watch a match. But after the Ind vs Pak match of the 2016 Asia Cup, she rather got glued to the TV screen. That year she watched the major cricket tournaments, WWE matches, and the Olympics (especially Usain Bolt's races). After reading about the big names in tennis and becoming an ardent follower, she dreams of visiting Wimbledon one day.
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