Inzamam-ul-Haq, the former Pakistani skipper-turned-chief selector has declared that the difference between his country and India two-three decades ago, was that the Indian batsmen would only play for individual records and not for the team. Speaking to his once colleague and now commentator Ramiz Raja, ul-Haq went on to adding that unlike their neighbours, Pakistani batsmen played for their team with the complete support from the captain, especially under Imran Khan’s reign.
In a talk show on Ramiz Raja’s YouTube channel, Inzamam opened up on Imran Khan’s captaincy and how the latter wouldn’t drop any player after a series of bad patches which led Pakistan to glory, back in his days.
“Imran (bhai) was not a very technical captain, but he knew how to get the most out of his players. He backed the young players, he backed the players he believed in and this made him a great captain,” said the 50-year-old.
“He would not drop any player if he failed in one series as he believed in giving the player a long rope and this the biggest reason why everyone in the side respected him so much.”
He then shifted his focus to the Indian team and made the bold statement that they only played for themselves and not for the team.
“During our time, India had a very strong batting line-up than us on paper. Our record as batsmen was not better than theirs. But if one of us made even 30-40 runs, we made it for the team. If an Indian player scored a century, it wouldn’t be for the team, he would be playing for himself. That made a difference.”
When asked about the current situation of Pakistan Cricket, Inzamam said that the players are talented but are too afraid of failure; leading the team to frequent disastrous situations.
“Now our players are scared of losing their place. They think they only have one or two innings to make their mark, so they don’t realize what the team needs,”
“That is why, if the captain and coach are on the same page, they can give players the sense of security and confidence to play according to the team’s needs,” he added.
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