The 22-year-old Imam-ul-Haq had a dream start to his international career- scoring a hundred on One-day International debut against Sri Lanka.
Interestingly, the promising batsman Imam will add one more feather to the cap, should he make it to the playing XI against Ireland in the impending Test.
With scores of 61 and 59* against Kent and Northamptonshire, Imam has sent a soft signal to the selectors regarding his rich form.
The Pakistan line-up is auditioning for batters who can serve the country for long and has the ability to fill the void left by the seniors of late.
“It’s a very proud feeling. Everybody knows that Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan have just retired and our young guys have to do a lot of work. It’s always good to come and prove a point, and we’re looking forward to this series. I have been scoring runs in the two four-day matches and that gives me confidence. I’m very hopeful that I’ll do well in this series,” Imam told ESPN Cricinfo.
Imam anxious but ready to don whites
Regarding the butterflies in the stomach and the anxiety ahead of the big day, the cricketer said that will be there.
“Obviously it will be my first Test match, my first pressure match. I will be very nervous, I won’t lie – that’s what we play for, that’s my dream since I grew up, to play Test cricket for your country. I didn’t think I would play my first Test match in Ireland, so it’s different but as a sportsman, you have to be ready for everything.” he said.
Ireland won’t mind playing Pakistan at all, after all, they have good memories of the past. But Pakistan can’t take the newcomers lightly.
Currently, at No. 7 in the Test rankings, the visitors will hope to put up a strong performance and set the tone for the remainder of the fresh season.
Well, Imam-ul-Haq would be eagerly waiting for the Test debut.
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