ABU DHABI: Pakistani batting Imam-ul-Haq has said that he has to perform well or he will come under criticism, Samaa reported.
Imam-ul-Haq scored a century on his debut in the 50-over format to take Pakistan to a series clinching win in the 3rd ODI against Sri Lanka.
In an interview to a cricket website, Imam-ul-Haq said that he was very proud about his performance in the the third one-day interntaional.
He added, “I didn’t know about that record. Once I had gone back to the dressing room Sarfraz Ahmed told me. Great feeling to score a hundred on debut. It’s a proud moment for me, very happy to do it for Pakistan.”
The batsman said that he grew in a cricketing family and has self belief. I have played in Junior World Cups and have performed well to win in domestic matches. My best answer is to perform. If I don’t perform then people will criticise.
Answering a question regarding representing Pakistan considering he is the nephew of current selector of the national team, Haq said it was not his fault that he was his nephew.
“I am not answerable to that. The best I can do is to answer with my bat. I will have failures and every player has that failure,” he said.
Imam-ul-Haq came under the selector’s radar after his impressive performance in the Under-19 World Cup in 2014 and tons against Nepal and Hong Kong for Pakistan Under-23 in March this year along with a century in first-class cricket.