Imam-ul-Haq scored 96 runs against New Zealand in the first Test© AFP
Pakistan Batter Imam-ul-Haq Played an important role in the first Test against New Zealand. His knock of 96 brought the hosts back into the game before the match ended in a draw in Karachi. Imam has always been a key player in Pakistan’s lineup since donning the green jersey. So far, the 27-year-old batsman has scored 1322 and 2528 runs in 19 Tests and 54 ODIs respectively. But being the nephew of the legendary cricketer Inzamam-ul-HaqHis journey was never easy as he carried a heavy burden of expectations.
In a recent interview with Sports Central, Batter revealed that he gets frustrated when people compare him to Inzamam.
“Sach batau to dil kafi dafa kya hai ki chachu ko bolu ‘meri kya galti thi’.[If I’m being honest, I felt I should tell chachu (Inzamam), ‘what was my mistake?’], Imam told Sports Central.
“But some things come in your life unwanted. People say I handled it well, but I actually didn’t. I just went with the flow because I had no other option. I also came after a long process; I played two Under-19 World Cups. , played 45 first-class matches and averaged 50 in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy when I was picked up in the first team,” he said in Hindi.
Imam praised the Pakistan captain Babar Azam For his constant support during difficult times.
“Initially, I couldn’t handle the pressure and I won’t lie. I didn’t know what to do. And I want to mention Babar here. He played a big role in supporting me. We played a lot of cricket together. And vice versa. There were, if he had doubts, we would discuss them. In my family we are all fighters and we don’t give up easily. So I continued to work hard and I had good people around me,” he said.
Imam made his international debut in 2017, becoming the second Pakistani cricketer to score a century in the first ODI game.
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