5 things you need to know about new Pakistani opener Imam-ul-HaqPosted By: Editorial Staff | October 18, 2017
It wasn’t an easy ride for Imam-ul-Haq to get on to represent Pakistan Cricket Team as even without proving his mettle in under 16, 19’s and domestic circles it was a hard call to include him for the Sri Lanka ODIs. Imam-ul-Haq, who is just 21-years of age had to bear all this all because he is the nephew of Inzamam-ul-Haq.
It will be pertinent to mention here that, Inzamam-ul-Haq, who is currently serving as the chief selector made a hard call about including his nephew for the ODI series against Sri Lanka. The former Pakistani great immediately after Imam’s selection in the squad had to face several questions about going out to choose his own nephew.
People who had nothing much to do with the game of cricket, take Imam’s inclusion as a nepotism act but least they know about the brilliance of the left-handed batsman, who deserves a place in the Pakistan Cricket team.
With Ahmed Shahzad failing at top for a while in current scenarios there was no other better option than Imam-ul-Haq, who is known for playing sensibly and anchoring the innings.
Imam-ul-Haq who made his debut against Sri Lanka today in 3rd ODI of the 5-match series played confidently and somehow proved that he actually has that class to be the opener batsman of the national side.
Here we bring you some facts and information about Inzamam-ul-Haq’s nephew Imam-ul-Haq.
Under 16-Lahore and education
Imam-ul-Haq played under-16 for Lahore but at that time he had to take two-years gap from the cricketing activities and the major reason behind was his studies. He couldn’t attend his class regularly because of cricket so he switched to Matric from O’levels. He had his schooling from Beaconhouse School System and later on got his I.com from Punjab Group of Colleges.
U19 Asia Cup 2012
It was Asia Cup 2012 when with just making an entry in professional cricket he was able to grab the limelight. In 5 of his games in Asia Cup 2012, he averaged 45 with scoring three 50’s.
It’s not Saeed Anwar, Brain Lara or any other of the left-handed great batsman as Imam-ul-Haq’s favorite. His favorite cricketer is none other than Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir. Imam actually loves Gambhir’s shot selection.
Domestic Circle and Under-23
Those who actually ask what made Imam’s way to the Green Shirts needs to know that out of his last 5 matches he has played in domestic circles or under-23’s he has scored centuries in three out of them.
Imam-ul-Haq in PSL
In T20s he has a decent average of 40.42 and also has scored in his 21 matches so far. With all this much performance and the impression he has got with his debut innings against Sri Lanka, it won’t be wrong to say that soon Haq will be gearing for PSL 2018.