In response to inquiries about his assertive stance regarding India in the upcoming 2023 World Cup, Haris Rauf, Pakistan’s fast bowler, confidently emphasized that cricket is a sport, not a battlefield. This statement emerged during a media interaction, providing a glimpse into his mindset ahead of the eagerly anticipated match at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.

Rauf had faced criticism for engaging in a heated argument with Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan during a game in the Asia Cup 2023. Despite concerns that Pakistan might have a less formidable bowling lineup in the World Cup, the 29-year-old fast bowler appears resolute in his determination to mentally challenge the Indian batsmen.

“Why should I engage in conflict with Indians? This is cricket, not warfare,” Rauf unequivocally asserted.

During the Asia Cup 2023, Haris Rauf delivered exceptional performances, notably when he claimed four wickets for a mere 19 runs against Bangladesh in Lahore. However, his journey in the tournament encountered a setback when he suffered a side strain while playing against India in the Super 4 game. This injury rendered him unavailable for the reserve day.

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Rauf’s absence was acutely felt by Babar Azam and his team, as they conceded a formidable 356 runs in 50 overs, ultimately succumbing to a 228-run defeat at the hands of the Men in Blue.