Rumman Raees, a dominant name from the chain of Pakistan’s left-arm fast bowlers, caught the spotlight in 2016 when he was the debutant of Islamabad United in the inaugural edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL 1). He went on his own in the next edition to pick 12 wickets in 17 matches. The bowler got the farthest prominence making his debut against West Indies in 2017.
The 29-year-old, having a truncated but dazzling career endures multiple ingenious variations in his bowling. Rumman is devilishly disguised at slow balls usually hurdling the opponent’s batters in the death overs. Originating with disturbing pace, he later went on to polishing impressive pace with yorkers that make him equally majestic in the end and beginning of the innings.
Distinctly, he has sustained an appealing first-class, List-A, and T20 career featuring respective sides in 44, 52, and 94 matches. However, he could impersonate only 9 ODIs and 8 T20Is chronicling his ubiquity in 4 and 1 innings sequentially. No cricket fan can omit the calendar year 2017 when India and Pakistan confronted each other in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. Notably, Rumman has been part of the triumphant squad headed by Sarfaraz Ahmed.
Will Rumman Raees play cricket again? Watch Full Interview
Rumman took some time out of his busy schedule to be interviewed by Cricketholic as he has been contracted by ISLU as the bowling consultant for the HBL PSL 6. It is pertinent to mention here that the extravaganza is to resume from match fifteenth at Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Zayed Stadium on 9th July.
Discussing the practicing session of his team, he added that it has been very successful so far as the six franchises and PCB have handled the tackled the obstacle successfully. He believes to get further practicing sessions and matches ahead of the league in the environment-friendly circumstances in the UAE.
Can Islamabad United win their third PSL title? Here are Rumman’s views on it:
Positive to win the PSL 6 with 110% efforts in batting and blowing line-ups. Hasan Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Waseem Jnr will be beneficial for us according to the conditions. IU is anointed to have bowling interventions including the counterparts of Shadab Khan, Musa, Hasan, and Faheem.
Which bowler has most impressed Rumman?
Waseem Jnr has dented me the most with his determination along with Zeeshan Zameer who has perpetually demonstrated his meriting with 145+ kph bowling every time; that too with the outswing accompanying with pace.
Rumman’s views on being a bowling consultant:
I was too astounded to get a call from ISLU for the bowling consultant post as I am still a player and all I can do is, keep the players confident and positive.
How injury has affected his career?
Too unlucky to get injured but it turns out to be an opportunity to be a bowling mentor of the Red Hot squad.
Will Rumman play for Pakistan again?
Nothing is impossible but the physicians advised me ‘never to play cricket again’ due to disc problems for 2 years. But I am amenable to come back wrestling with the barricades of being a professional athlete. The rehabilitation process does not undeviatingly trigger me to the international level but I have to go through a decorous system to come back and incite the selectors.
Advice for the youngsters:
He has apprised players not to be overbearing despite being a big name in the fraternity. But when a failure comes, it can be the best learning process for them. He has spread a message of handwork, passion, consistency, and self-belief for the youngsters.