Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan before the start of the all-important clash against India in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup had advised captain Sarfaraz Ahmed to win the toss and bat first. Sarfaraz got the first part right (winning the toss) but chose to bowl instead.
In a series of tweets on Sunday, Imran Khan had suggested that Sarfaraz Ahmed opt only for specialist bowlers and batsmen to ensure that Pakistan does not go belly up against its traditional rival. “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.
The sun was out but Sarfaraz on winning the toss decided that Pakistan would be bowling first, perhaps with an eye on the weather forecast, which predicted rain in the second half of the day and could lead to a truncated match.
“We will bowl first. It has been raining in Old Trafford from the last three days so conditions are good for bowling. I think, it is a good option to play two spinners against India. We have quality spinners and we have backed them today. India Pakistan is a big match. We are not thinking about 6-0. We are just focusing on this match and we want to play our best game. We are not thinking about the result,” Sarfaraz said after winning toss and opting to bowl.
Fans on social media could not keep calm and proceeded to troll the Pakistan PM for the captain not heeding his advise.