Young Pakistani batting sensation Mohammad Haris is touted for big things in T20 cricket. With his recent rise in the white-ball formats and his unorthodox shot-making, Mohammad Haris has been compared with the likes of Suryakumar Yadav and AB De Villiers, the two of the finest ever players of range-hitting and 360-degree strokeplay.
However, Mohammad Haris is just starting up, and the 22-year-old needs to do loads more to come in the category of SKY and ABD.
The 22-year-old Mohammad Haris is currently leading the young Pakistani side, Pakistan Shaheens, in the ACC Emerging Asia Cup in Sri Lanka. The Pakistan Shaheens have won two out of two matches and will next face India.
Mohammad Haris is called Pakistan’s Suryakumar Yadav
Speaking to Pak TV from Sri Lanka, Haris was asked about the comparisons of him with Suryakumar and De Villiers. Mohammad Haris is called Pakistan’s ‘Surya’ in their circuit, owing to his playing the unorthodox shots well.
Haris tackled this question gracefully saying, “We shouldn’t compare between the two of us just yet, Surya is 32-33 years old, I am still a 22-year-old boy. To reach that stage I still have to put that work in.”
Haris, though, asserted that he wants to make a name for himself in that 360-degree batsmen category.
“Surya has his own level, De Villiers had his own level, I am my own level well. I want to make a name for myself as a 360-degree cricketer, not use theirs. He has his own cricket and I have mine. If I practice, I could become better than him, and if I don’t, I will remain below him.”
Haris made a name for himself in last year’s T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia with his quickfire, blitzkrieg cameos that shifted the momentum of a couple of games, helping Pakistan reach the final of the tournament, where they lost to Jos Buttler’s England side.
In the T20 WC last year in Australia, Haris revived Pakistan’s campaign by blasting 28 runs off 11 balls against South Africa and followed it up with an 18-ball 31 against Bangladesh. He also scored 30 off 26 balls in a comfortably, yet nervy run-chase in the semi-final against New Zealand, but he failed in the final, scoring 8 runs only, against England.