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Fight till the last ball is what Imran Khan told his team before match

Fight till the last ball is what Imran Khan told his team before match
Imran Khan.

Tribune Web Desk
Chandigarh, June 16

Ahead of the big India-Pakistan clash in Manchester, Prime Minister and former World Cup-winning captain Imran Khan has instructions for Sarfaraz Ahmed.

In a series of tweets, he advised the Captain to opt for specialist bowlers and batsmen and give best fight till the last ball.

He wrote: “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.”

“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”

“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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