New Delhi, Jun 16: Former skipper and now Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday virtually guided the Pakistan team on how to take on India in the match at Manchester, asking the players to fight till the last ball.
"Even though India may be the favourites, banish all fear of losing. Just give your best and fight till the last ball," Imran said.
"Then accept whatever the result like true sportsmen. The nation's prayers are with all of you. Good Luck."
In a series of tweets, Khan, who led Pakistan to a World Cup win in 1992, 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 and defensive strategy and crucially mistakes by opponents are not pounced upon."
He then made few suggestions for skipper Sarfaraz and the Pakistan team. He said Sarfaraz to pick only specialist bowlers and batsman, in consideration to the intensity of the match.
"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," Khan wrote.
The cricket legend recalled how the game has changed over the years, given the mental pressure the players go through today.
"When I started my cricketing career I assumed success was 70 per cent talent & 30 per cent 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 per cent mental strength and 40 per cent talent. Today role of mind will be more than 60 per cent," he said.
"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." (UNI)