The Taj hotel in Kolkata was buzzing as someone special was about to visit the Pakistan team hotel. For three hours the team kept waiting and finally at 4pm the legendary Pakistani paceman turned politician Imran Khan turned up to give a pep-talk to Pakistan players ahead of their high voltage clash against India on Saturday.
All the members of the Pakistan team listened to the great allrounder and one of Pakistan’s greatest captains as the cricketer turned politician gave a lecture on how to handle the pressure in the crunch and needle match against India.
“The best way to handle the pressure is to play hard, stick to basics,” Imran told the players. “We have not beaten India in any of the World Cup match but this could be the day.”
Imran was all praise for spot fixing banned Mohammad Amir who has shown his remarkable talent, even after a five-year ban.
“I get thrilled when I watch you bowl, keep it up,” said Imran to Amir. “Bowl hard as you do and when you keep it in the wicket it will help you, but you are remarkable.”
Imran also adviced coach Waqar Younis to use Umar Akmal at three or four and advised Shahid Afridi to promote himself whenever the start is good.