WC 2019, Ind vs Pak | Sarfaraz will have to be at his daring best: Imran Khan
Manchester | Jagran Sports Desk: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday asked skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed to be at his daring best and said that Pakistan would need to forget about the fear of losing to India in the Cricket World Cup 2019.
Imran was the captain of Pakistan in 1992 when they won the World Cup.
India have faced Pakistan six times in the World Cup and have won on all six occasions.
Imran said Pakistan should pick specialist batsmen and bowlers in the high-pressure game against India.
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% 1/5— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) June 16, 2019
2/5 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.— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) June 16, 2019
3/5 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. So here are my suggestions for Sarfaraz & Pakistan team:— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) June 16, 2019
4/5 1. In order ro 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— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) June 16, 2019
5/5 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.— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) June 16, 2019
Meanwhile, Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur on Sunday said that the careers of the players would be defined by a moment in the game.
"I'm telling our players in the dressing room, 'you could be a hero (on Sunday). Your careers are going to be defined by a moment in the game. You do something incredible tomorrow, you'll be remembered forever,” said Arthur.
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