Watch: Pakistani pacer Haris Rauf gifts match ball to Indian security guard in show of classy good will

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While the never ending tension lies between India and Pakistan, a very appreciable gesture of friendship was seen almost 8000 kms away from the subcontinent. As Melbourne Stars took on Hobart Hurricanes in yesterday’s KFC Big Bash League match in Australia, Pakistani bowler Haris Rauf won hearts around the internet after presenting the match ball to an Indian security guard present at the Ted Summerton Reserve sports facility in Moe, Victoria.

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Haris, who plays for the Stars in the league, had a marvellous 5 wicket haul in yesterday’s win. However, the pacer’s friendly approach towards his neighbouring citizen has become the main talk of the game.

Check out this clip below where Haris talks about the jolly approach to the Punjabi stadium official, courtesy to the official Twitter handle of Big Bash League.

“I gave today’s match ball to a security guy who is from India. When I came to the ground today, I told him I am from Pakistan, he got emotional, he cried and he hugged me,” Rauf said in the post match interview.

The 26 year old, who hails from Rawalpindi, started his career in the 2018 Abu Dhabi T20 Trophy, with Lahore Qalandars, a Pakistan Super League side. He also plays for the Gilgit-Baluchistan based club Northern cricket team, and was called up for the Baluchistan squad for the 2019 Pakistan Cup.

Rauf made his first class debut for Northern cricket team in the 2019–20 Quaid e Azam Trophy on 28 September back in September. He is yet to make an appearance for the international team.

In his 5 wicket haul yesterday’s Rauf’s first victim was the Hurricanes skipper Ben McDermott, who’s mid wicket pull ended in the palms of Ben Dunk. In the 11th over, Rauf bagged in three wickets. Mac Wright was caught behind by the keeper Peter Handscomb, and Tom Rogers and Qais Ahmed were clean bowled. Rau’f final prey was Nathan Ellis, as the Hurricanes went down 98/9 in the 14th over.

The Stars successfully defended their impressive 163 overall, registering a 52 runs win. With two back to back victories, they are positioned second in the league table with 4 points.

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