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Pakistan opener Imam-ul-Haq has admitted that he has grown used to being criticised and now uses it to motivate himself in order to silence his critics.
Imam has been targeted ever since he made his international debut in October 2017 since he is the nephew of chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq.
Many of his critics attack him for that reason itself and believe he is only in the team because of Inzamam.
However, Imam has justified his selection, especially in ODIs as he averages 57.32 after 30 matches.
“Criticism is part [of the] parcel of the game and it goes with your life. I keep my focus on cricket and the World Cup, where I’m trying to give my best. For me, it is important to give my maximum for the team,” Imam was quoted as saying by The News International.
“Being human, it is natural to feel hurt by the criticism, but it has made me a strong character. I am more mentally stronger. It has encouraged me to do more hard work.”
Pakistan’s next World Cup match will be against Australia in Taunton on Wednesday.