Pakistan opener Imam-ul-Haq has surprisingly claimed that the Pakistan players have a “fear of failure”. The left-handed batsman stated that more than performing, the players remain in fear of being dropped from the team if they fail to deliver in a couple of games.
Well, Imam-ul-Haq himself knows it very well that it does not take the fans long to criticise the players for rare failures. Accused of nepotism towards the starting of his career because of being nephew of the legendary Inzamam-ul-Haq, Imam-ul-Haq started well in international cricket and became the second fastest player to score 1,000 ODI runs.
In last year’s World Cup, he was one of Pakistan’s best performers as he scored four fifties and a ton. However, things did not really go his way after the tournament. He has performed poorly in Tests. In the Adelaide Test against Australia, he scored 2 and 0. In 11 Tests so far, the southpaw has scored only 485 runs and was dropped from the Test side after the Australia tour.
Having lost his place in the Test side and faced criticism in the last few months, Imam-ul-Haq has stated that the fear of failure is the reason behind players’ failure to deliver consistently. He also cited the example of India superstar Rohit Sharma to say that the players need to be backed to do well.
“Our team has a fear of failure, although that is my personal assessment, which is why players don’t perform consistently. They are worried about getting dropped from the side after two or three poor performances,” Imam said during an Instagram live session as quoted by Cricket Pakistan.
“Communication gap between the board and players also results in inconsistency. This is not the case with other teams around the world. If you look at the example of Rohit Sharma, who did not do well initially in his career but India trusted him and he came good later,” he added.