KARACHI: Prime Minister Imran Khan, who led Pakistan to a Cricket World Cup triumph in 1992, gave his suggestions on Sunday to the team ahead of their high-octane match against India.
The ex-captain Pakistan and cricketing legend gave his suggestions in a series of messages on Twitter.
The PM started by recalling how the game had transformed over the years and how it now required significant mental strength, adding, “when I started my cricketing career I assumed success was 70% talent & 30% mind. By the time I finished playing cricket I felt it was 50-50 ratio.”
“But now I tend to agree with my friend Gavaskar it’s 60% mental strength & 40 % talent. Today role of mind will be more than 60%,” he further added.
The Premier continued by commending captain Sarfaraz Ahmed for his boldness, saying “today, given the intensity of the match, both teams will come under great mental pressure and the power of the mind will decide the outcome of the match today. In Sarfaraz we are fortunate to have a bold captain & today he will have to be at his daring best.”
He said, “all fears of losing should be banished from the mind as the mind can only process one thought at a time. Fear of losing leads to a negative & defensive strategy & crucially mistakes by opponents are not pounced upon.”
Continuing to give fundamental tips to the captain, the PM made following suggestions:
“1. In order to have a winning offensive strategy Sarfaraz must go in with specialist batsmen and bowlers because “Raillu Kattas” rarely perform under pressure – especially the intense kind that will be generated today.
“2. Unless pitch is damp, Sarfaraz must win the toss & bat
“3. Finally, even though India may be the favourites, banish all fear of losing. Just give your best and fight till the last ball. Then accept whatever the result like true sportsmen.”
“The nation’s prayers are with all of you. Good Luck,” PM concluded his message.