Prime Minister Imran Khan. - A file photo

PESHAWAR: Prime Minister Imran Khan, who led Pakistan to a the World Cup glory in 1992, has given some advises to Pakistan team ahead of the most crucial game of the ICC World Cup against arch-rivals India.

In a series of tweets, the cricketer-turned-prime minister said success in today’s cricket come more by using one’s brain.

“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 tweeted.

He added that the captain needs to be at his best to win any game. He said Pakistan are fortunate to have a brave captain like Sarfraz Ahmed.

“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,” he tweeted.

Imran Khan also advised the team to shun the fear of losing and focus on playing good cricket.

In more tweets, he said: 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: 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. 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.”


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