India vs Pakistan: Sarfaraz Ahmed will have to be at his daring best, says Imran Khan

first_img Next India vs Pakistan: Sarfaraz Ahmed will have to be at his daring best, says Imran KhanIndia vs Pakistan World Cup 2019: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said both India and Pakistan “will come under great mental pressure” on Sunday. Imran, who had led Pakistan to World Cup triumph in 1992, said Sarfaraz Ahmed should go in with specialist bowlers and batsmen for the high-pressure game vs India.advertisement India Today Web Desk ManchesterJune 16, 2019UPDATED: June 16, 2019 13:59 IST India and Pakistan will clash against each other at World Cup 2019 on June 16. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia take on Pakistan at Old Trafford on Sunday – this will be their 7th match in Cricket World CupsIndia have defeated Pakistan on all 6 occasions in 1992, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2011 and 2015Pakistan PM Imran Khan said Sarfaraz Ahmed would need to be at his daring best vs India on SundayPakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has urged Pakistan cricket skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed to be at his daring best and said the team must banish all fears of losing as it geared up to take on India in the 2019 Cricket World Cup.Imran Khan was captain of Pakistan when they met India in a World Cup for the first time in 1992. Overall, India and Pakistan have played each other 6 times in World Cups and India have won all 6 times.India, pre-tournament favourites in World Cup 2019, are considered to be much stronger than Pakistan. India won their first two matches against South Africa and defending champions Australia before the game against New Zealand was washed out.Pakistan, meanwhile, went down to West Indies before they bounced back against England. One of their matches was washed out and Pakistan then lost a close game against Australia.Imran Khan, who had led Pakistan to World Cup triumph in 1992, said Sarfaraz Ahmed should look to bat first unless the pitch was damp. Rain looms large over the Manchester game.Imran also said Pakistan should pick specialist batsmen and bowlers in the high-pressure game against India on Sunday.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% 1/5Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) June 16, 20192/5 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.advertisementImran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) June 16, 20193/5 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, 20194/5 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 & batImran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) June 16, 20195/5 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, 2019Meanwhile, Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur told his players their careers would be defined by a moment in the game.”It doesn’t get more exciting,” Arthur told the media on the eve of the India vs Pakistan match at Old Trafford. “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.”Our mantra is ‘how do you want to be remembered?’ We’ve got 15 incredible cricketers in that dressing room, and we keep stressing to them ‘how do you want to be remembered? You’re the class of 2019. What are they going to say about you in history?’Also Read | India vs Pakistan: Virat Kohli plays it cool, Mickey Arthur plays up the hypeAlso Read | India vs Pakistan: My heart says Pakistan but mind says India, says Wasim AkramAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow India vs PakistanFollow Imran Khanlast_img