Imam-ul-Haq - nephew of Inzamam-ul-Haq played a terrifying unbeaten knock of 59-runs and helped his team Lahore Blues to clinch National T20 Cup title against Lahore Whites at Rawalpindi last week.
The 21-year left-hander, who is the second batsman for Pakistan, and thirteenth overall, to score a century on debut (smashed in an ODI), reveals being a nephew of the legendary former Pakistan skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq adds much pressure on him, but he takes it as a motivation to do well.
Speaking to Geo.tv, Imam-ul-Haq said, “I was picked in the team on basis of my performance in Quaid-e-Azam Trophy and with Pakistan team, yet my selection was questioned and I was criticised. Alhamdulillah, I performed and proved myself but I know critics will come again the day I am not able to perform. To some extent, yes it is an added pressure because I am forced to think about it every time (relation with the chief selector) along with my own performance but I take it positively.”
The top-order batsman further added that he is ready to give his 200% so that he can reply his critics, who raise fingers over his selection with his stunning performances. He further added on the same, “I have bat in my hands to reply criticism on me. If others have to give 100 percent, I am motivated to give 200 percent, which is a good thing for me as well.”
Imam also said that he is happy with his performance so far, playing 32 First-class matches and amassed 1744 runs at an average of 35.59.He concluded by saying, “It is very important for a player to feel satisfied with the performance. So far I am happy and satisfied with my performance and eager to do more for my country. Credit goes to my coaches who have invested in me. It’s my time to deliver, and I am trying my best. Failures are part of players’ career. I always try to learn from my mistakes.”