Pakistan national cricketer Imam-ul-Haq is the nephew of great Pakistan cricketer Inzamam-ul-Haq. The youngster opens up on the pressure he had to go through because of having a relationship with former Pakistan skipper. He reveals that he was accused of nepotism and was under heavy criticism.
Imam-ul-Haq has enjoyed immense success in ODIs since his debut in 2017, scoring seven centuries. However, being related to a cricket personality, he was under pressure before making the debut for Pakistan.
I was very disheartened: Imam-ul-Haq
Imam-ul-Haq, who made the debut against Sri Lanka, reveals that social media was full of negative comments. He was upset and couldn’t control the situation. He, at last, switched off the phones to ignore voices.
“When all of this started happening, I would have my meals all alone. It was my first tour and you know how it can get on the first tour. And whenever I would open my phone, there were people tagging me on social media posts or sending me stuff. I was very disheartened and couldn’t understand anything.
“ I stopped talking to my family because I didn’t want to put them under any pressure that I’m facing problems. I switched off and handed both my mobile phones to my manager, and said, ‘I can’t take this, please take them off me’,” he added.
Imam didn’t want to play:
Imam suffered alone and cried for hours. He wished that he didn’t get the chance to play because he was concerned about what people will think about him if he failed to score.
“I remember crying in the shower for hours that I haven’t even played yet [he played the third ODI of the series in Abu Dhabi]. It’s very easy for young players to get surrounded by self-doubt,” he said
He was included in the playing XI in the third ODI of the series but the player was not the right frame of mind. However, he silent all the criticism after scoring century in that match.
“My confidence had hit the rock-bottom and I was feeling so low that I felt I won’t be able to perform in the match. I was focussing less on the match and more on what would happen after,” he added.
Imam-ul-Haq has, so far, played 11 Tests, 37 ODIs and 2 T20Is, scoring 485, 1723 and 21 runs respectively.