Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq revealed that it was indeed the advice of the legendary Sunil Gavaskar that helped him improve significantly in short deliveries. Inzamam revealed that Sunil Gavaskar’s advice to “don’t think about short balls” helped him until the end of his career.
The 90s and 2000s saw a squad of world-class hitters take up the sport of cricket by storm and one of them was Pakistan’s Inzamam-ul-Haq. Inzamam, a former national team captain, finished with 20,580 international runs to his name and is widely regarded as one of the best hitters the country of Pakistan has produced.
However, the 50-year-old man shed light on some of his most troublesome days in international cricket and spoke about Pakistan’s tour of England in 1992, just after the 1992 Fairytale World Cup campaign, where, according to his words, he fought in a big way for not knowing how to tackle the short ball.
“I went to England after the 1992 World Cup on the back of a great performance at the mega event. It was my first tour of England. I had no idea how I should play on those fields. I was having a bad time since I couldn’t play short instalments, ”Inzamam said on his YouTube channel, the Hindustan Times reported.
Inzamam revealed that he struggled with the problem for months, after which he sought the advice of the great Sunil Gavaskar when the duo met at a charity match in England. The former Pakistan captain said ‘Sunny Bhai’ gave him simple advice: not to think about the threat of the short ball while hitting, which surprisingly helped him resolve the flaw. The right-hander revealed that after following Sunil Gavaskar’s advice, he never faced a problem with the short ball until the end of his career.
“So great are the ways of the greats, he told me to do only one small thing, that is, ‘don’t think of short-toned balls or gorillas while batting because the moment you think of them you will get caught.’ He told me that when the bowler delivered the ball, you would automatically understand; so don’t worry about it.
“While I was in the networks, I began to practice as he told me. I strengthened my mind, telling myself not to think about it [short-pitched balls]. The weakness was removed. And from 1992 until the time I retired, I never faced that problem again, “said the former Pakistan captain.
Inzamam, who retired from the game in 2007, also added that not seeing Gavaskar beat live as a child was one of his biggest regrets. “I wish I had seen him live while he was hitting,” the 50-year-old concluded.