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Haris Rauf warns Indian team ahead of T20 World Cup opener

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Pakistan pacer Haris Rauf has issued a warning to the Indian team ahead of the T20 World Cup opener, saying that he will have special plans for Rohit Sharma’s side on his ‘home ground’ in Melbourne on October 23. Rauf plays for Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League and will bank on his BBL experience to outsmart Indian batters in the marquee clash of the T20 World Cup at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on October 23.

The arch-rivals, who don’t play bilateral series due to geo-political tensions, will clash for a fourth time in one year at the MCG.

“If I give my best, they won’t be able to play me easily. For the upcoming World Cup match, I’m very happy because it is at the Melbourne Cricket Ground,” Rauf, who plays for Melbourne Stars in the BBL, said in the post-match interaction after their six-run win over England.

“It is my home ground because I play for the Melbourne Stars, and I have an idea of how the conditions play out there. I’ve already started planning on how I would bowl against India,” he said.

Pakistan took a 3-2 series lead in the seven-match T20I series on Wednesday.

Pakistan defeated India by 10 wickets — for the first time in a world tournament — in the last edition of the T20I World Cup in UAE. But recently in the Asia Cup, India secured a clinical five-wicket win before losing to Pakistan in the ‘Super 4’ stage.

“The match between India and Pakistan is always a high-pressure game. In the World Cup last year, I was feeling so much pressure. But in the past two matches in the Asia Cup, I didn’t feel much of it because I knew I just had to give my best,” Rauf added.