‘Criticism makes me more strong” says Imam-ul-Haq

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Pakistan’s left-handed opener Imam-ul-Haq believes that criticism is part of a cricketer’s career and he always tries to make people fans of him by his performance.

“I always look forward to playing my natural game and perform according to my strength. Sometimes criticism helps me become stronger,” said Imam while talking to a presser at UBL Sports Complex, Karachi when day 3 play between Sindh and Baluchistan of Quaid-e-Azam Trophy ends.

Imam, when asked about the aftermath of his uncle Inzamam’s departure as national team’s chief selector, said that he made his place by his performance and not due to his uncle’s influence.

“I have proved things with my performance and I will keep on doing so,” he said. “I can’t stop people calling me whatever,” he added.

Talking about his century knock in the first match of Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, Imam said the pitch was good to bat on. To a query about his strike rate as he made century off 235 balls, he blamed negative approach of opponents’ bowlers after the tea.

“Their [Opponents] bowlers started bowling negatively and also took a negative field which means that a single bad shot would have cost me my wicket. I tried to stick to the plan and play as long as I can,” Imam clarified.

“We have tomorrow’s day and we will try to get a good score on the board,” he concluded.

It is pertinent to mention here that Baluchistan closed day 3 at 191-3 against Sindh. They are 284 runs behind and will resume the play on day 4 with Imam (111*) and Imran Farhat (16*).

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