The young left-handed opening batsman, Imam ul Haq proved his mettle in the top order by scoring a magnificent century on debut, becoming only the second Pakistani to do so.
There were talks of him being selected in the team due to his relationship with the Chief Selector since he is the nephew of Inzamam ul Haq.
Social media keeps an eye on such controversies and when sports journalist Zainab Abbas pointed out his family ties with the chief selector of Pakistan, it led to a never-ending debate at the microblogging platform.
She tweeted about Imam’s debut match referring to him as ‘Inzamam-ul-Haq’s nephew‘.
Team News : Inzamam-ul-Haq's nephew Imam-ul-Haq likely to be making his debut today in place of Ahmad Shehzad. #pakvsl
— zainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) October 18, 2017
There were enough people in favour of Imam and it backfired pretty quickly for Zainab.
Relation with selector should not be a disqualification , fair chance should be given
— Rao Khalid (@raokhaled) October 18, 2017
His class and talent was on display in the first match, for sure!
He is great talent.People who are criticizing has not watched him play.
— Mustoi (@aleem_murtaza) October 18, 2017
Those who follow cricket pointed out his journey to the international cricket.
Zainab ji yeh sath Nephew likhna zroori tha wo bnda under 19 sy team main khail raha or acha khail raha hai
— Faiz Ahmed (@Faizajaz) October 18, 2017
He has his own identity and people reminded her of that.
Inzimam Ul Haq's nephew kya hota hai?
— Abdullah (@abdullahmajeed_) October 18, 2017
And what a way to start an international career!
And what a debut !!! Hes proved the critics wrong big time!!! #ImamulHaq
— Neelum (@lumnee) October 18, 2017
Not necessary to mention the relation with chief selector.
— Imran (@ppak148) October 18, 2017
She didn’t think she would be regretting her tweet after the match!
Meray Khayal Se @InziTheLegend's Nephew Bar bar kehna sahi baat nahi after all Imam has its own identity…
— Malik Hassaan (@MalikHassaan2) October 18, 2017
And it took one innings to change the perspective of people about his selection.
Ab Imam ul Haq ka gana gao you hypocrites. I told you that he is a good player. Who cares about selection criteria as long as u pick ry8 one
— Atiq-uz-Zaman (@Atiq160Test) October 18, 2017
He has definitely got everyone talking and if the speedster Shoaib says something about him, he must be special.
What a dream debut for Imam-ul-Haq . I really hope he gets to his maiden 100 on his debut..
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) October 18, 2017
And the usual Twitter things.
— S (@shakir776) October 18, 2017
Former cricketers are all praise for the talented youngster.
There was a Massive pressure ….
well played Imam 👏🏻👏🏻 #PakVSL
— Muhammad Wasim (@MuhammadWasim77) October 18, 2017
It may be too early to say, but another ‘Ul-Haq’ in the making.
— Nabeel Hashmi (@HashmeNabeel) October 18, 2017
It must be tough for Ahmed Shahzad though!
— Mmmm… (@Waqas_amjad) October 18, 2017
Cricket analysts praised the chief selector for his genius moves.
Pakistan chief selector Inzamam picked youngsters Haris Sohail for Tests & Imam-ul-Haq for ODIs on merit & it paid off. Impressive #PAKvSL
— Daniel Alexander (@daniel86cricket) October 18, 2017
Scoring a hundred on debut is a remarkable feat for a young cricketer. He is the third youngest player to score a ton on debut.
FIRST PAKISTANI TO SCORE A 100 ON DEBUT SINCE SALIN ELAHI. 💚🇵🇰 TAKE A BOW IMAM UL HAQ.
— nma (@namaloomafraaad) October 18, 2017
Imam took the advice of the Professor and stunned the critics.
— Emmad Hameed (@Emmad81) October 18, 2017
Players from other sports also admired his innings.
That’s it! Imam ul Haq gets the big maiden hundred on debut! 2nd Pakistani and 13th overall to do this. Prolific opening for the youngster!
— Sawera Pasha (@sawerapasha) October 18, 2017
And then there were those who could relate this performance to their student life.
Sri Lanka prepared for Babar Azam but Imam ul Haq came out of syllabus.#PAKvSL
— Kamran 🇵🇰 (@ikamranmalik) October 18, 2017
Zainab may not have meant what the people perceived, but she definitely needs to choose her words wisely. It escalates very quickly on social media and she would know it by now.