Five-star Imad hopes to keep shining

DUBLIN: Lost somewhere in the excitement of Sharjeel Khan’s sizzling 152 was Imad Wasim’s maiden five-wicket haul on Thursday when Pakistan recorded what was their biggest One-day International victory in terms of runs.

Sharjeel’s blitz helped Pakistan floor Ireland by 255 runs but a win by such a huge margin might not have been possible had Imad not picked up an impressive haul of 5-14. Together with comeback pacer Umar Gul (3-23), Imad bowled out the home team for a paltry 82 after Pakistan had posted 337 in a match hat was reduced to 47 overs because of wet conditions.

His figures in the match are the best ever by a Pakistan left-arm bowler. Imad bettered the great Wasim Akram’s 5 for 15 which were the previous best by a Pakistan left-arm bowler in ODIs.

All of that was overshadowed as the star of the match was Sharjeel because of his big-hitting prowess.

But Imad is pleased to have played a role in Pakistan’s record-breaking win.

“The important thing is that we won the match and won it by a very big margin,” said the Swansea-born Imad, who has played seven ODIs and 11 Twenty20 Internationals for Pakistan.

Imad, 27, represented Jamaica Tallawahas in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) this season. The all-rounder who featured for Karachi Kings in the inaugural Pakistan Super League (PSL) said that the CPL experience helped him going into the series against Ireland.

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