Haris Rauf “most expensive” bowler in ICC World Cup history

Haris Rauf

In a turn of events that no fast bowler would wish for, Pakistan’s Haris Rauf has etched his name in the records of the ICC World Cup, securing the unenviable title of the worst bowling performance in the tournament’s history.

Rauf’s disappointing display saw him accumulate nine wickets but concede a staggering 533 runs in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2023. Across nine matches, Rauf’s bowling figures averaged at 33.31, marking the highest runs conceded by any bowler in a single edition of the World Cup.

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The dubious record was previously held by England’s Adil Rashid, who had given away 526 runs in the 2019 World Cup. Rauf now surpasses this unfortunate milestone, adding his name to the annals of cricket history for all the wrong reasons.

Taking a look at the list, Sri Lanka’s Dilshan Madhushanka sits at the third spot for the worst bowling performance, having conceded 525 runs in the same World Cup that Rashid held the previous record. Australia’s Mitchell Starc claims the fourth position with 502 runs in the 2019 World Cup, while Bangladesh’s Mustafizur Rahman ranks fifth, having given away 484 runs in the same tournament.

Adding to the current World Cup’s list of underperforming bowlers, Pakistan’s Shaheen Afridi finds himself as the sixth-worst.

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