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PAKISTANI PRESIDENT Pervez Musharraf has many facets to his personality. He is on television almost every day, addressing different constituencies with the skill of a seasoned orator.

india Updated: Feb 11, 2006 01:35 IST

PAKISTANI PRESIDENT Pervez Musharraf has many facets to his personality. He is on television almost every day, addressing different constituencies with the skill of a seasoned orator.

When he is with the liberals, he speaks a language of liberalism, of making Pakistan into a truly modern state. When he is speaking to the mob, he speaks a different language and in a loud, shrill tone, unlike the suave one he uses with the public-school-educated elite.

On Friday morning, the Indian cricketers got to see the charming, affable persona of a man who knows his cricket and can talk on the subject at length.

In their 45-minute meeting, Musharraf won over the players by telling them, "Inzamam-ul-Haq's dismissal at Peshawar was a correct one and the Pakistan captain is wrong in his protest and should not blame India for unsporting behaviour."

The president, who was dressed in a blue suit (and not his uniform), felt the wickets for the first two Tests were not good for competitive cricket. He gave a lecture on what leadership was all about and said, "A team needs to have one leader and all others should rally around him, like India has Rahul Dravid and the rest should follow him." He addressed each and every player by name and left no one in doubt that his interest in cricket was genuine.

First Published: Feb 11, 2006 01:35 IST