Inzamam reveals how Gavaskar’s advice helped him tackle short balls
It is in the spirit of cricket that the cricketing greats help struggling players irrespective of their nations. Former Pakistan skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq showered his praise on India legend Sunil Gavaskar because the latter’s advice did a world of good to Inzamam.
Yes, Sunil Gavaskar’s great piece of advice helped Inzamam tackle problems against short-pitched balls. Inzamam added that he went on his first trip to England after a successful World Cup tournament in 1992 in Australia and it was then he faced troubles handling short balls.
“I went to England after 1992 World Cup at the back of a tremendous performance in the mega event. It was my first-ever tour to England. I didn’t have any idea as how should I play on those pitches. I was going through a bad patch as I was unable to play short-pitched deliveries,” Inzamam-ul-Haq said in his YouTube channel.
Inzamam also said that he had met Sunil Gavaskar in a charity match during that England tour and it was when he had sought for his help. “It was somewhere half of our season that I met him at a charity match in England. We both had gone to play that match. And I asked him ‘Sunil bhai I’m facing problems to play short-pitched balls, what should I do’?
“As great are the ways of the great, he told me to do only one little thing, that is, ‘don’t think about short-pitched balls or bouncers while batting because the moment you’ll think about them you’ll get trapped’. He told me that when the bowler would deliver the ball you would automatically understand; so don’t get worried about that.”
Inzamam went on to add that he used Sunil Gavaskar’s advice and then practised in the nets. Inzamam said it worked really well and he never had any issues against facing the short ball till the time he called it quits from the sport.
“While in nets, I started practising the way he told me. I strengthened my mind, telling myself not to think about that [short-pitched balls]. The weakness was removed. And from 1992 till the time I retired, I never faced that problem again,” said Inzamam.
The former Pakistan captain also paid a tribute to Indian great who turned 71 on Friday. He said: “I wish I would’ve seen him live while he was batting.”