Vengeance-Imran sounds battle-cry
Former World Cup winning captain, Imran Khan said Pakistan have got a golden opportunity in the Champions Trophy final to avenge its humiliating defeat to India in their first match of the tournament.
London: Former World Cup winning captain, Imran Khan said Pakistan have got a golden opportunity in the Champions Trophy final to avenge its humiliating defeat to India in their first match of the tournament.
"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 told a television channel.
"It was humiliating how we lost that match and we can turn things around now," he added.Imran 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.
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.
Javed Miandad said the 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 favourite 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.Miandad gave a 50-50 chance to both teams on the possibility of winning the final.Former captain, Aamir Sohail conceded that India was a better side than Pakistan but said complacency could be their downfall.