Imam-ul-Haq, a Pakistani batsman, was crucial in the opening Test matchup with New Zealand. His 96-run innings allowed the hosts to regain control of the game before the Karachi game ended in a tie. Since he first wore the green jersey, Imam has consistently been a vital member of Pakistan’s starting lineup. The 27-year-old batsman has appeared in 19 Tests and 54 ODIs so far, totaling 1322 runs in 19 Tests and 2528 runs in 54 ODIs. But because he was Inzamam-ul-nephew, Haq’s a renowned cricketer, his career had never been easy because he was saddled with a lot of expectations.
The batter admitted in a recent interview with Sports Central that he occasionally becomes irritated when people compare him to Inzamam. “Sach batau to dil kaafi dafa kiya 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 unwanted in your life. People say that I handled it well, but I actually didn’t. I just went with the flow because I had no other option. I came after a long process as well; I played two U19 World Cups, played in 45 first-class matches, and had an average of 50 in the Qaid-e-Azam trophy when I was first picked in the team,” he said in Hindi. Imam continued by praising Pakistan captain Babar Azam for his consistent assistance throughout the difficult times.
“Initially, I couldn’t handle the pressure and I won’t lie. I didn’t know what to do. And I would like to mention Babar here. He played a very big role in supporting me. We played a lot of cricket together. And it was vice-versa, if he had doubts, we used to discuss them as well. In my family, we are all fighters and we don’t give up easily. So I kept on putting in the hard work and I had good people around me,” he said. Imam made his international debut in 2017, becoming the second Pakistan cricketer to score a century in his first ODI game.