Obviously, I’m playing well - and this team depends on me and Babar: Imam-ul-Haq

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  1. Del
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    Imam, who believes that Pakistan team depends mainly on him and the prolific Babar Azam, admitted that he was hugely disappointed over his failure to play a match-winning knock in Taunton.

    “Obviously, I’m playing well - and this team depends on me and Babar (Azam),” said the 23-year-old Imam. “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.

    “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.

    “If I’ve scored 30 in a winning side, that would be great, I’d be very happy. As a pro, if you’re winning matches for your country, that’s the best thing and if you’re not even if you score a fifty, that’s a huge disappointment.”

    Imam stressed that Pakistan will need to put their best foot forward in what is almost a must-win game against arch-rivals India in Manchester on Sunday.

    “We’ve had one game rained off which was very important for us - every game now is very important for us, so yes you can say that.

    “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.

    “It’s a huge pressure game, obviously. Pakistan and India, there’s a lot of history behind that but we want to just focus on our cricket strengths and how we can get better,” he said.

    https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/484003-i-need-to-show-more-concentration-says-imam-ul-haq
     
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    I learned something new today (I agree on Babar's part though).
     
  3. MNA
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    Of course, the team totally depends on him in losing 16 out 17 matches in a row. Like his honesty.
     
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    Utter failure in this Wc so far
     
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    I don't understand the hate for Imam on this forum. Makes no sense honestly.
     
  6. ShokoTolo_LoloMoto
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    Do you REALLY believe he would've made it to Pak team without Inzi? I don't think so.

    Since he is not in the team on pure merit and talent, he plays slow and tentative and on the back foot to score some runs that will make his numbers look good. This is costing us the game.

    If you play 5 balls and score 5 runs, that run rate of 100% is good, BUT if you play 50 balls and score 50 runs then that run rate of 100% sends shame on you. This is how the modern game works.

    Perhaps he should play down the order. He is not suitable take any advantage of first or second power plays.
     
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    I don't care whether or not he would've made the team without Inzi. Nepotism is just the way of the world. The point is that he has shown he belongs. Would you rather us go back to Awais Zia or Ahmed Shehzad?

    He hit an incredible 150 against England after the top order fell apart, and even against Australia scored a solid 50. Yes he got out stupidly, but he held his ground after Fakhar and Babar got out. I don't care how slow Imam plays when clearly this team's problem is not its top order. The problem is its bowling and fielding and lower order batsmen.

    Focus your hate in an actually impactful area - not Imam, who's been scoring runs consistently.
     
  8. Fireworks11
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    He’s right, imam and babar are our core in the batting.
     
  9. Dare2Dream
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    I was among the doubters but he has shown that he belongs in the team. Needs to continue to perform.
     
  10. ShokoTolo_LoloMoto
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    I still don't think he is suitable to play in the opening role unless he improves his game to take advantage of power play.
    He seems quite selfish.
     
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    Rather have someone selfish than someone who scores 1 in 5 innings, a la Fakhar as of late. Can't defend runs if there aren't any to begin with.
     
  12. ShokoTolo_LoloMoto
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    I’d rather Hassan Ali or Wahab or Asif to open the innings with Fakhar in an effort to take advantage of the power play.

    Imam can come 6 down and I don’t mind.
     
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    Do you know anything about cricket?
     
  14. Mohammed Bilal
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    I really do hate Imam. I do not think that's fair on guys like Fakhar, Hafeez even Sarfraz.

    Imam is shoda and shodas never do well. If it wasn't a world cup I'd want his career over. He chats a lot of crap on the media. I think he should be kept away. There are players who are far better then Imam looks wise, personality wise and playing wise but he thinks he's some teesmaar Khan.

    #BringbackShehzad
     
  15. ShokoTolo_LoloMoto
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    Played international cricket by representing Pakistan in All Pakistan college 11 vs All Sri Lanka college 11.
    Played Quaed-e-Azam Trophy, Pakistan under 19, and first class cricket in Pakistan.

    Used to have a profile on cricinfo before it was bought over by ESPN.

    But yeah, in some respect, I do have international color under my belt. How about you?
     
  16. ShokoTolo_LoloMoto
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    when a player starts self praising then you already know he is a piece of crap.
     
  17. Passionate Pakistani
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    Why do you have to praise yourself ?

    Either youre suffering from inferiority complex or mentally weak.

    We all know he contributes the bulk of runs but there is no need to say it yourself.

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    maybe because in almost every single press conference, reporters ask him stupid dumb questions

    i mean i cant see any other player holding their composure. If it was someone like Inzi, Afridi they would have smashed a chair on a reporter's head by now
     
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    Imam ul Haq has been Pakistan’s most in form batsman in the current year. Hope he can covert the starts to triple figures.


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    I agree, should let his performance talk for him, you don’t see Amir coming out and saying similar stuff even though he’s easily our best player right now IMO


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    You just endorsed my point about mental weakness.

    Reporters will always try to piss you off doesnt mean you should start bragging yourself.

    Those who are fair will judge you on your performance, those who are not, wont give you credit even if you average 100. Simples.

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    He might be good but he is a fool. Just close your mouth and answer your critics with the bat. Self praising at its best. First win a game for Pakistan both you and Babar and then we will talk.
     
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    To curb the dumbness of our players in front of press, PCB should amend their work contracts by adding a new clause that should read the following.

    1 - I, as a player, will write and then read out LOUD the following, at least 100 times a day for as long as I play for Pakistan. And this is THE ONLY answer and I will give in a press conference to EVERY question asked by ANY journalist.

    MY FOCUS IS ON MY PREPARATION AND MY PRACTICE, AND I WILL TRY MY BEST IN THE GAME.”
     
  24. KingOfDoosra
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    Not the most talented or technically correct but statistically Imam is the best ODI batsman in this team

    Overall Hafeez is still our best bat
     
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    This is such an absurd, backwards Pakistani POV. just because somebody is answering a question honestly, and having some confidence that they were playing well, they are automatically insecure or mentally weak.

    bro, our players grow up mentally weak because they are not taught to have self-confidence and believe in themselves. they are always told that something is wrong or this is something they need to fix. It is the core reason why our players fall apart so often.

    Love this attitude and hope he crushes it tomorrow.
     
  26. ShokoTolo_LoloMoto
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    When a player like Hafeez is your BEST bat then you can imagine the quality of such a team - nuff said!
     
  27. ShokoTolo_LoloMoto
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    The bold part - This is EXACTLY what players like Kohli think. Continuous improvement. NEVER SATISFIED!

    Just watch today’s program of Shoaib Akhtar’s chat with Harbajjan on Shoaib’s YT channel.

    Shoaib asked Harbajjan as to what seperates Kohli from others?

    And bhajji said these golden words.

    “Wo ziddi hai - HIS WILL is bigger than his SKILL

    continuous improvement, NEVER self praise and NEVER satisfied with his achievements.


    And look at our low esteemed, under confident sifaarshi **** who are praising themselves in press conferences.
     
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  29. KingOfDoosra
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    Who the feck gets out to a raillu katta like Shankar

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  30. Passionate Pakistani
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    Whenever he opened his mouth, he followed it with a failure.

    Why man why ?

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  31. Mohammed Bilal
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    Shoaib Akhtar said he doesn't play cover drive I just noticed yes he does not play cover drive.


    #Shodaparlanat
     
  32. ShokoTolo_LoloMoto
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    one raillu katta got another raillu katta.
    Simple.
     

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