Pakistani President Imran Khan is in Davos for the World Economic Forum 2020 and used cricketing analogy to let the world leaders at the forum know about the growth potential of his country which has been undergoing some hardships in recent times.
Khan, who won the Benson and Hedge World Cup for Pakistan as captain in 1992 and is widely regarded as perhaps the best cricketer produced by the Asian giants, has kept going back to his cricketing days in order to compare his country with their bigger neighbours India.
The two countries have shared a storied rivalry in cricket and hockey since 1947 when Pakistan was formed by the British. During his speech, to highlight the resources in his country, he spoke about Pakistan thrashed India during his time as an active cricketer.
“Pakistan was shining in the 60s”: Imran Khan
“In the 60s, Pakistan was shining and it was like an Asian role model. I grew up with that hope but we let ourselves down because unfortunately democracy couldn’t get grounded in Pakistan. When democracy faltered, the army came in…,” Khan was quoted as saying by Tribune India during the breakfast session on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum 2020 in Davos, Switzerland.
PM Imran Khan "This country has more potential than any other country. The reason for that potential is the best resource which is the people. We have dynamic people. When I was playing cricket, India was 7 times the size of Pakistan and we regularly thrashed them" #Cricket pic.twitter.com/6gCYiQO3N7
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) January 23, 2020
India and Pakistan have played 59 Test matches with India winning 9 and Pakistan triumphing in 12. Out of 132 ODIs between the two warring nations, Pakistan has the edge with 73 wins to India’s 55; while in 8 T20Is, India has won six and Pakistan just one. However, when it comes to the World Cup cricket, both ODI and T20I, Pakistan has never been able to defeat India, with their latest loss coming in 2019 edition in England.
“The founding fathers of Pakistan were brilliant and men of complete integrity. They wanted Pakistan to be humane, just society for welfare. But we deviated from that vision. We have to restore the vision for which this country was founded. When I was playing cricket, India was seven times our size but we regularly thrashed them. In hockey and so many other games also. We were great,” he added.
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