Decoding the stats of Imam-ul-Haq in ODIs
Imam-ul-Haq unleashed a never-seen-before avatar of himself in the concluded ODI series against Australia. The 26-year-old hammered the visitors for runs all across the stadium. His knocks helped him leapfrog by two places in the ICC Men's ODI Rankings for batters. He currently resides at the 10th spot, with a rating of 746. Here we decode his numbers in the One Day Internationals.
- Imam is one of the most talented cricketers in ODIs at present.
- He is one of the only 16 cricketers to have scored a hundred on their ODI debut (vs SL, 2017).
- Since then, there has been no looking back for him.
- He has achieved stupendous numbers in a short span of time.
- One could say the future is bright for the Pakistani opener.
Imam had a dream run with the willow in the three-match series against the Aussies. He punctured their bowling attack, racking up 298 runs at a jaw-dropping average of 149.00. He struck at 101.70. He clobbered scores of 103, 106, and 89* across the course of the series. The flamboyant striker finished as the leading run-getter in the series.
With his recent heroics, Imam has now compiled 414 runs in 7 innings versus the Kangaroos. He averages 69.00. He has notched two hundreds and as many fifties. He ranks 16th among the cricketers to have scored the most runs for Pakistan against Australia in ODIs. He has beaten the likes of Zaheer Abbas (411), Kamran Akmal (356), and Younis Khan (347).
Imam (298) has scored the eighth-most runs in ODIs played this year between January 1 to April 4. He ranks below SA batters Rassie van der Dussen (316) and Quinton de Kock (303) who occupy the sixth and seventh positions respectively. Imam (195) ranks 10th most among the runs scored in a winning cause. He averages a sensational 98.98 in the same.
Imam has beaten a number of batting legends in terms of most runs amassed in a three-match series. Imam (298) has surpassed the likes of Virat Kohli (263), Viv Richards (276), Ross Taylor (281), Graham Gooch (289), and Shane Watson (294). Notably, Pakistani skipper Babar Azam (360 vs WI) is seated atop this category.
Imam has amassed 2,321 runs in 49 ODIs at an average of 53.97. So far, he has clocked nine hundreds and 11 fifties. He ranks 26th among the Pakistani batters with the most runs in ODIs. He also ranks 26th among the Pakistani cricketers with the most runs in ODIs played at home (440). He currently trails Mohammed Hafeez (452) by a spot.