‘Team depends on me and Babar,’ says Imam Ul Haq

'Team depends on me and Babar,' says Imam Ul Haq

Imam Ul Haq, Pakistan’s left-handed opening batsman, is confident that he has been performing well at the top of the order and the team is heavily relying on his and Babar Azam’s performance.

“Obviously, I’m playing well – and this team depends on me and Babar (Azam),” he said. “When Babar got out (for 30), it was then my responsibility and I was going well but it was not a good ball that got me out, the same as I did against the West Indies.”

Imam is disappointed with the way Pakistan lost to Australia and how he threw away his wicket after doing all the hard work and scoring 53 runs off 75 balls on a tricky batting track.

“I knew I’d spent a hell of a lot of time on a tricky wicket so I knew it wouldn’t be easy for any new batsman to come in. So it was a huge disappointment because it’s a World Cup stage and if you get set, you really have to make it count if you want to stay in the tournament,” he said.

The 23-year old said that he prefers to score 30 runs in a winning cause rather than  a century in a losing effort.

Pakistan have secured just three points in their first four games, where they were crushed by the West Indies, defeated tournament-favourites England, got one point for a wash-out against Sri Lanka and lost to the reigning champions Australia in a disappointing manner.

The Men in Green are currently standing at the eighth spot in the points table, which has made every game important for them.

“Yes, we’ve had one game rained off which was very important for us – every game now is very important for us,” he said.

However, the young batsman is excited to be a part of the most anticipated game of the World Cup 2019 against the arch-rivals, India on June 16.

“Obviously, to be part of that kind of game, it’s great. It’s in Manchester, lots of Pakistani fans there – so I’m really excited about it,” he said. “It’s a huge pressure game, obviously. Pakistan and India, there’s a lot of mysteries behind that but we want to just focus on our cricket strengths and how we can get better.”