Pakistan opener Imam-ul-Haq believes the national team depends on him and fellow batsman Babar Azam.
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Imam’s comments come after he scored 53 and Azam made 30 in their side’s 41-run loss to Australia in the World Cup on Wednesday.
Imam admitted that he felt good out in the middle but got out to a terrible delivery.
“Obviously, I’m playing well – and this team depends on me and Babar (Azam),” he was quoted as saying by the Pakistan Cricket Board’s website. “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.”
Pakistan’s next World Cup match will be against India in Manchester on Sunday.