Prime Minister of Pakistan and the former World Cup-winning captain, Imran Khan has advised Pakistan captain to go with specialist bowlers and batsmen and avoid opting for ‘Railu Kattas’ for the hyped up contest against the arch-rivals India.
He further suggested the team skipper Sarfraz Ahmed to bat first after winning the toss unless the pitch is damp.
“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,” tweeted PM Khan on his official Twitter account.
He praised Sarfraz Ahmed for being bold and called the team fortunate to have such a leader. Moreover, he highlighted that talent or skills will not decide the most anticipated game of the World Cup, instead the mental strength will prove to be the decisive factor.
“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 wrote. “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.”
He further urged the team to not come under pressure for being the underdogs in this game, he asked the players to give their 100 per cent in the match and accept the end result like a true sportsman.
“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,” he wrote.
The hyped up contest will kick off at 2:30 PM (PST) at Manchester, while the toss will take place at 2:00 PM.