Imran Khan, former World Cup-winning captain, has asked Pakistan to avenge its humiliating defeat to India in their first match of Champions Trophy. Imran says that Pakistan has got a golden opportunity in the Champions Trophy final. “I think we have got a great chance to restore our pride in the final because of the way we lost the first match to India,” he said on “Samaa” television channel. “It was humiliating how badly we lost that match and we can turn things around now,” he added.
Imran Khan regarded as Pakistan’s best captain after he led them to the 1992 World Cup title said Pakistan needed to learn from the mistakes it made against India in that match. Imran also advised Pakistan captain, Sarfraz Ahmed to avoid putting India into bat first if he won the toss in the final. “India have a very good batting line-up and if they put up a big total it will bring pressure on us. The strategy of fielding first against other teams has worked well for Sarfraz against other teams as the spinners throttled the opposition in the middle overs and Hassan Ali bowled really impressively,” he said.
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But he warned against India in the big final, Pakistan needed to bat first. “India has a strong batting and if they put up a big total it will mean double pressure for us. I mean the pressure on our bowlers and the pressure of keeping up with the run-rate on the scoreboard.”
“Our real strength is our bowling and we must bat first if we win the toss. Our batting is not that good our bowling is better,” he added. Imran also praised the captaincy of Sarfraz Ahmed. “I am really impressed to see that Sarfraz has turned out to be such a bold captain,” Imran said. Imran’s teammate and close ally, Javed Miandad said the Champions Trophy final could prove to be the gateway for restoration of bilateral cricket series with India.
“I think we should put aside political issues and try to play more cricket. I want to see revival of bilateral cricket,” the former captain said. Miandad was not willing to pick a favorite for the final on Sunday. “If I talk fair than yes India at this time has a better team and more depth but I always believe that in a big match it is the moment that matters,” he said.