'Fir se bahaane aur victim card' - Fans react to Imam-Ul-Haq's bizarre reasoning for hitting less sixes against Australia in ODI WC 2023

Pakistan opener Imam-Ul-Haq gave bizarre reasoning for hitting fewer sixes against Australia in the ODI World Cup 2023, Imam said that they have to eat more protein and fewer crabs.

Sarah Andrew
Oct 23, 2023 13:56 IST
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Imam-Ul-Haq (Source: Twitter)

Pakistan opener Imam-Ul-Haq opened up about hitting a lack of sixes against Australia in M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru in the ODI World Cup 2023. Despite playing in a small stadium, Pakistani batters could not hit a six against Australia in the powerplay overs. Imam spoke about the same in the press conference ahead of their game against Afghanistan. 

"See, if you see here all matches are very high scoring. It is not that it is only against our team. If you look at the other teams also, they are scoring 350 - 360, like yesterday there was a score of 400 (between England and South Africa) - so it is not that only our bowlers are being beaten," said Imam, who felt that the matches are not high scoring against Pakistan.

Imam felt that since the grounds in India are small, there is less room for bowlers to commit mistakes. "The grounds here are small, the wickets are good, and when the batsmen are set, the margin for the bowlers is very low," said Imam. The opener further added that Pakistan restricted teams to below-par totals in the tournament till now. 

'We have to eat more protein instead of carbs to start hitting some sixes' - Imam

"This is not an excuse, but the conditions are such. And it is true that sometimes, there are ups and downs for the bowlers but Shaheen Afridi, like in the last match, I thought they would score 420 or 430, but our spinners and end bowlers performed very well and controlled them at 360. We have to eat more protein instead of carbs to start hitting some sixes," added Imam. 

"So, in patches, our bowlers have done very well, and Shaheen did very well. So, these are a few positives and during the day you only look at the positives, we try to ignore the negatives because it is very important - we have back-to-back matches in this tournament. On the day we are bowling well - we have to back this," said Imam, as he praised his bowlers in the tournament. 

Here's how the fans reacted to Imam's statement -

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