The left-hander further said that despite being with the Pakistan team for more than five years, there is still criticism around him and he is now used to it
Imam-ul-Haq has opened up about his inning against Australia, the pitch conditions, and the upcoming second Test match against Australia in Karachi.
Speaking to media in a virtual press conference published by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Imam said that he will give credit for his back-to-back centuries to his parents and their prayers.
"When you play against opposition like Australia and you score runs, it is always an amazing feeling. My recent domestic stint helped me a lot. I have been a part of Pakistan's side for the last year or so but I have been the 12th man and even that helped. I learned a lot sitting outside as I wanted to replicate my ODI performances in the Tests as well. Want to thank my parents for their prayers as well," he said.
Imam made a comeback to the Pakistan Test side after being out of the team for more than a year. He registered solid performances against a star-studded Australian bowling line-up.
However, many remain unconvinced as the pitch was labeled as "flat" and "unsuited for pacers."
Responding to these comments, Imam said: "Nobody wants a draw. The curators did not prepare the pitch on my orders nor is he my relative. Cricket Australia also does not curate pitches on our advice when we tour Australia either. Every team curates pitches based on their strengths. It does not matter the type of pitch, my job is to perform."
The left-hander further said that despite being with the Pakistan team for more than five years, there is still criticism around him and he is now used to it.
"I am always criticized no matter if I am on the team or not. I am not sad about the criticism because my job is to perform. It is up to the management to decide whether my runs in the Rawalpindi Test match are quality or not. The sign after scoring the century was for the captain and my teammates. However, I will not reveal the reason behind it," he added.
Pakistan face Australia in the second Test match at National Stadium Karachi and all eyes will be on the batting surface.