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PSL 2023: Rumman Raees eager to give his 'best' for Islamabad United

“We are feeling confident," cricketer says ahead of his team's match against Zalmi

By Faizan Lakhani
February 21, 2023
Islamabad United’s fast bowler Rumman Raees stands in the field during the teams match with Multan Sultans on February 19, 2023. — Twitter/@rummanraees15
Islamabad United’s fast bowler Rumman Raees stands in the field during the team's match with Multan Sultans on February 19, 2023. — Twitter/@rummanraees15

KARACHI: Islamabad United pacer Rumman Raees expressed his wish to pay back his franchise for all the support he has received from them during his struggling phase.

The 31-year-old, while speaking in an exclusive interview with Geo News in Karachi, said he wants to give his best and win every game for the team.

He was practicing at the National Bank Cricket Arena ahead of his team's match against Peshawar Zalmi on February 23 in the ongoing eighth season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

The fast bowler has had a long association with the Islamabad franchise. However, 2022 was the only season when he donned Multan Sultans' jersey since his debut. When he sat out due to injury, the franchise made him a bowling consultant to ensure his presence in the cricket environment.

“It was a very morale-boosting support for me. When a player gets such overwhelming encouragement from their team, it increases their confidence and adds to the passion they have to represent their team,” Raees said.

The cricketer added that he is feeling much better now and it is good to be "back in competitive cricket". He earlier missed the domestic season due to an ankle injury sustained during the Kashmir Premier League (KPL).

The fast bowler said his body is feeling much better and he is eager to give his best in PSL's ongoing eighth edition. Raees was confident that his team will win the coveted PSL title for a record third time.

“We are feeling confident as a team for good results. The environment is very positive and such positivity is very important because winning or losing a game is part of the sport, what matters the most is the dressing room environment,” he said.

Ruman mentioned that his role in the team is divided into two parts — to lead the attack with the new ball and perform well in the death over.

“When I am bowling with a new ball, I aim to deliver within the stumps, and while bowling death overs, I opt to apply yorkers and slower ones,” he said.

“It is important for a bowler to execute his skills and if one is not able to do that, then they must revisit his game plan to identify their lackings. I don't target long-term goals. I strategise match-by-match and ball-by-ball. At this stage, my aim is to win matches for Islamabad with my good bowling,” he aimed.

Replying to a question, Raees said that his cool-and-calm celebration following any wicket is a reflection of his personality, as he is usually calm in his routine life as well.

“It is very important to stay calm because if you’re calm then it improves your decision-making ability,” said the pacer when asked about his celebration style which is opposite to how most of the fast bowlers celebrate after claiming wickets.