The former Indian cricketer, Deep Dasgupta, has compared Pakistani opening batsman, Imam ul Haq, to India’s top-order batsman, Rohit Sharma in the One-Day Internationals (ODI).
He believes although Imam’s Strike Rate is a bit low in the powerplays comparing to the middle overs, but he plays for a longer span which makes him comparable to Rohit.
Former India player compares Imam ul Haq to Rohit Sharma in ODIs format
“The way you build your innings is similar to Rohit. Your strike rate is slightly low in the powerplay compared to middle overs but you play long innings,” he said.
“If an opener has five not-outs in 37 innings, it tells that even though he starts slow but he plays for long,” he added.
Replying to him, Imam revealed the goal Babar and he is following from years in ODI cricket. Saying that he and Babar have to bat till late 40 overs in order to score 300+.
“I open with Fakhar Zaman in ODI cricket and his way of batting is completely different than me. In this case, between me and Babar Azam, one has to bat for 40 overs,” he revealed.
“For the last two years, we have followed this pattern in ODI cricket. The stats also show that either Babar or I have played till the end, we have ended up scoring 300+,” Imam maintained.
Earlier, Imam said after he was criticized for his slow strike rate that Sharma gets support from India in his worst time. He believes Pakistan shall support him equally and similarly to enhance his confidence in the bad times.