World Cup 2019: Pakistan PM Imran Khan had advised Pak Captain to Bat first, he did just the opposite

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Published by Amrit Santlani on 17 Jun 2019

Prior to the most anticipated match of the World Cup 2019 where India met their arch-rival Pakistan, in Manchester, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan took to Twitter to give his captain Sarfaraz Ahmed a piece of advice. Imran Khan who had led Pakistan to their only World Cup victory advised Sarfaraz to bat first on the Old Trafford pitch upon winning the toss.

Being a former star cricketer who had led Pakistan to their only win in the tournament nearly three decades ago, Imran felt that the team would fare better if they were setting a target instead of chasing one. But as fate would have it, Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz decided to bowl first.

It was a decision that the Pakistan captain probably came to regret, with India putting together a formidable 336 runs for five wickets amid rainy conditions. Pakistan ended up losing by 89 runs.

“Sarfaraz must go in with specialist batsmen and bowlers because ‘Railu Kattas’ rarely perform under pressure – especially the intense kind that will be generated today. Unless the pitch is damp, Sarfaraz must win the toss & bat,” he said.

Railu Katta, which literally translates to “wandering buffalo calf”, means a sportsperson who brings no value addition to his team. As it turned out, Manchester had witnessed no showers before the match and the pitch was relatively dry. Sarfaraz Ahmed, however, decided that bowling first should be the way to go for Pakistan. “India versus Pakistan is a big game but we just have to focus on playing our best game,” he said.

Describing Sarfaraz as a bold captain, Imran had also heaped praise on the Pak skipper.  “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,” he tweeted. As always, Twitter got flooded with hilarious memes after India banished Pakistan to yet another defeat in the World Cup.

With their latest win against Pakistan, India continues their 100% record at the World Cup 2019 and have also remained undefeated against Pakistan in all the 7 meetings between the two nations.

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