Pakistan batsman Imam-ul-Haq faced the heat from the fans when a picture of him sharing a laugh with Australia head coach Justin Langer soon after his his team’s heavy defeat in Adelaide went viral on internet. The defeat in the second Test at the Adelaide Oval ended the disastrous tour of Australia for Pakistan as well as Imam-ul-Haq.
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The left-handed batsman played just two games on the tour – one T20I and one Test – and failed to deliver in both. In the solitary T20I, he managed to score just 14 before being given a chance to make a mark in Tests. However, he failed miserably, scoring 2 and a duck as Australia routed the beleaguered visitors to stamp their authority.
Pakistan returned home empty handed. They lost the three-match T20I series 2-0 after the first game was washed out. In the subsequent Test series, they proved no match for the hosts as their losing streak in Australia extended to 14 Tests. Australia made light work of Pakistan in the Tests and won both of them by an innings.
Gillespie’s take on Imam-ul-Haq’s gesture:
As if his poor performance and the defeats were not enough, Imam-ul-Haq made things worse for him by having a laugh with Langer at the end of the match. The fans were not at all impressed with his attitude and took to Twitter to criticise him. In fact, former Pakistan batsman Faisal Iqbal also criticised the opening batsman for the same, calling his action ‘shameful’.
However, former Australia pacer Jason Gillespie does not see any problem with Imam’s gesture. Instead of criticising Imam for not ruing the defeats, Gillespie said that it was fantastic the batsman was talking to Langer and taking tips.
“Incorrect- game was over. Players on a losing side are disappointed no doubt. I thought it was fantastic that young Imam Ul-Haq was spending time with Justin Langer talking about the game. I’m sure the conversation was very worthwhile for both Imam and Justin,” tweeted Jason Gillespie.
Incorrect- game was over. Players on a losing side are disappointed no doubt. I thought it was fantastic that young Imam Ul-Haq was spending time with Justin Langer talking about the game. I’m sure the conversation was very worthwhile for both Imam and Justin.#learning #AUSvPAK https://t.co/nmwpAwBwsc
— Jason Gillespie 🌱 (@dizzy259) December 3, 2019