Imam-ul-Haq was left heartbroken after the defeat from Australia, admitting he felt “huge disappointment” after getting out at the wrong time, just when he thought he was in a position to inspire his side to a famous World Cup win.
At the end of the 25th over, Pakistan’s run-chase seemed to be on the right track with Hafeez and Imam batting around nicely. But on the very first ball of the 26th over bowled by Pat Cummins, the well settled Imam made a costly error and lost his wicket at a crucial phase of the game.
“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 to set, you really have to make it count if you want to stay in the tournament,” Imam said.
The 23-year-old further went on to say that he prefers to score 30 runs in a winning cause rather than a century in a losing effort. Imam stressed that Pakistan will need to put their best foot forward in what is almost a must-win game against arch-rivals India in Manchester on Sunday.