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I cried for half an hour after harsh criticism by a senior cricketer: Inzamam

The 50-year-old stated that he had never faced that level of harshness before in his entire life

I cried for half an hour after harsh criticism by a senior cricketer: Inzamam PHOTO: AFP

Pakistan’s legendary former batsman Inzamamul Haq, in a YouTube video on Tuesday, revealed that he had cried for half an hour after being harshly criticised by a senior batsman for getting out early in a match.

The 50-year-old stated that he had never faced that level of harshness before in his entire life.

“I once got out early. I had mentioned this before; a senior player was really harsh with me on that day. I don’t think I have ever faced that level of harshness as on that day. I cried for half an hour. I was taking a shower and kept crying and I was depressed the entire night after that,” Inzamam said.

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The legendary former batsman revealed that he found himself in more trouble when he found out that he was seated next to captain Imran Khan in a flight on the following day.

“Next day, while boarding our plane, I was trying to find my seat. I found out that Imran Khan had the seat next to mine. I thought that when the time is bad it is completely bad. I had to listen to so much yesterday and today is going to be no different. I sat in my seat,” he said.

Inzamam stated that he had prayed the entire time that Imran Khan remained asleep throughout the flight, in order to avoid an angry burst from the charismatic captain.

“Imran bhai looked my way and asked me about the shot I played. He told me that he thought that I was going to blow away the opposition. He told me my form is good. I couldn’t tell if he was joking with me or not. Imran bhai, after saying this, put a pillow behind his neck and went to sleep. He stayed asleep the entire flight. I kept praying that about him not waking up the entire flight,” he concluded.

The 50-year-old bid farewell to international cricket back in 2007. He accumulated 11,739 runs in One-day Internationals (ODIs) and 8830 runs in Tests, with the help of 35 tons and 129 half-centuries across all formats.