Imam ul Haq
Imam-ul-Haq lets it out after reaching three figures (AFP Photo)

Pakistan opener Imam-ul-Haq was in no mood to spare his critics as he took a sly dig at them after hitting his fifth ODI century on Friday.

In the third ODI of the ongoing five-match series against South Africa, Imam struck 101 to power Pakistan to 317/6 in Centurion. He struck eight fours and consumed 116 deliveries during his innings laying the ground a challenging total.

During a mid-innings interview with the broadcaster, Imam didn’t shy away from touching the issue of him being the nephew of Pakistan batting legend and current chief of selectors Inzamam-ul-Haq that has often given his critics a weapon to target.

It was a very special hundred. Coming here in SA, we had the belief that we’ll win. That message – my selection, all that stuff. As everyone knows I’m the nephew of the chief selector [Inzmam]. I really want to thank all the Pakistan media and Pakistan people who always criticise me. Really want to thank them. [My] success I have is because of them,” Imam said.

During his innings, the left-handed batsman also became the second fastest to score 1000 ODI runs after teammate and fellow opener Fakhar Zaman. He did thank current Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur and batting coach Grant Flower for supporting him through his struggles and continuing the faith.

“Want to thank the supporting staff, Grant Flower and Mickey Arthur for supporting me like crazy. Without my parent, I don’t think I would’ve been standing here,” the 23-year-old added.