Salman Butt lashes out at Haris Rauf

Former captain was speaking about the third ODI between Pakistan and New Zealand

By Web Desk
January 15, 2023
Haris Rauf went wicketless in the third ODI — PCB

Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt was disappointed with speedster Haris Rauf after the Men in Green lost the recently-concluded ODI series against New Zealand.

Butt questioned the lack of pace in Rauf’s bowling during the third ODI on Friday in Karachi, where the pacer went wicketless and conceded 41 runs in seven overs. 

“I'm most disappointed with the Pakistan bowlers. What were they doing? Do you have to deposit the speed in the bank? Neither did you bowl bouncer nor did you bowl a yorker. The batter smashed you for mid-wicket and front of square towards six. No yorkers, no bouncers! At one point, I think Haris Rauf bowled 10 slower balls in his two overs,” Butt said on his YouTube channel.

“You are a genuine pacer. You bowl fast. Where is your speed? Why didn't you bowl a yorker? Even if you had missed a yorker, it's not easy to smash a lower full toss for a six,” he added.

It must be noted that Glenn Phillips smashed an unbeaten half-century as New Zealand secured a series victory over Pakistan with a two-wicket win in the third and final ODI.

Phillips scored 63 off 42 balls, hitting four sixes and as many fours, to rescue New Zealand from a precarious 181-5 in their pursuit of a 281-run target.

His knock overshadowed Fakhar Zaman´s 101 as Pakistan made 280-9 in their 50 overs.

Walking in to bat with New Zealand needing 100 off 87 balls, Phillips added 64 for the seventh wicket with Mitchell Santner, who scored 17 in a match-turning stand.

Skipper Kane Williamson contributed with 53 and Devon Conway struck an equally steady 52 before Phillips finished off the chase with 11 balls to spare.

Phillips completed his first ODI fifty off just 28 balls, but he was dropped the following delivery when wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan failed to hold a catch off spinner Usama Mir.

New Zealand´s win sealed their first ODI series victory in Pakistan in six attempts and kept them top of the one-day rankings.