Imam-ul-Haq, Pakistan batsman, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Upcoming ten-nation event platform for Imam-ul-Haq to rise and shine

The ability to play good cricketing shots is another quality that the Pakistan think-tank would have taken into account when selecting him for the Pakistan squad bound for England.

Saj Sadiq, Apr 23, 2019 15:57:43 IST

The sight of a bespectacled and jovial looking batsman walking to the crease on his ODI debut against Sri Lanka in October 2017 was met with some degree of cynicism and a healthy dose of mirth as well. Imam-ul-Haq is a left-handed opening batsman with very little physical resemblance to his famous uncle Inzamam-ul-Haq. A batsman who sprung to fame himself during the now legendary 1992 World Cup victory, Inzamam is now the Chief Selector for Pakistan and his preference for his nephew to open for Pakistan was considered a curious choice by some, and a blatant display of nepotism by many others.

Imam-Ul-Haq included in Pakistan's ODI squad for the upcoming series against New Zealand. AFP

File image of Pakistan batsman Imam-Ul-Haq. AFP

125 balls later when Imam-ul-Haq departed the field after scoring a maiden 100 on his ODI debut, the wagging fingers and chirping mouths had been somewhat silenced. Imam’s ability to stick it out and play handsome shots are no flukes as his current average of 54.90 indicates. Whilst many of his detractors will continue to snipe at him for his family connections, the fact that Imam-ul-Haq remains one of Pakistan’s top opening batsmen in ODIs cannot be denied. However difficult the situation and regardless of the quality of the opposition bowling, Imam has always found a way to battle through and give his side the best start he can.

In fine recent form as second highest run-scorer for Peshawar Zalmi in PSL 4, Imam-ul-Haq is blessed with a temperament that is rock-solid. The ability to play good cricketing shots is another quality that the Pakistan think-tank would have taken into account when selecting him for the Pakistan squad bound for England. At this early part of his career where he has played 24 ODIs, it is difficult to forecast a career of the quality of his illustrious uncle but all indications are that Imam-ul-Haq at the 23 years of age has the ability and talent to provide the stability that Pakistan have historically lacked at the start of their innings. In terms of the occasion, what better platform then the World Cup can there be for Imam-ul-Haq to perform and create his own legacy for the future?

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Updated Date: Apr 23, 2019 19:06:11 IST


IPL 2019 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Mumbai
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Delhi
14 9 5 0 18
4
Hyderabad
14 6 8 0 12
5
Kolkata
14 6 8 0 12
6
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
7
Rajasthan
14 5 8 0 11
8
Bangalore
14 5 8 0 11
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5372 125
2 India 5669 121
3 South Africa 4488 115
4 New Zealand 3729 113
5 Australia 4342 109
6 Pakistan 3846 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254