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India vs Pakistan, ICC World Cup 2019: Here is Pakistan PM Imran Khan’s advice to Sarfaraz Khan & Co.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday offered his best wishes and advices to Pakistan cricket team for the highly-anticipated India clash, which is set to take place on Sunday.

cricket Updated: Jun 16, 2019 13:32 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday offered his best wishes and advices to Pakistan cricket team for the highly-anticipated India clash, which is set to take place on Sunday. In a series of tweets, the 1992 World Cup-winning captain described Sarfaraz Ahmed as a “bold captain” and asked him to be his “daring best” against the arch-rivals.

The cricketer-turned-politician further asked the side to not be afraid of winning the contest and put on their best performance.

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Here is Pakistan PM Imran Khan’s advice to Sarfaraz Ahmed-led side for India clash:

“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%. 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.”

“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: 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. 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.”

First Published: Jun 16, 2019 13:13 IST