Imran never lost faith in us as players, individually and as a team, and that gave us the confidence to win. He was a leader par excellence, and Pakistan have seen none like him.
I think fitness and performance levels are the right indicators to determine if it’s the time to leave the scene.
It’s always special playing in Australia and New Zealand.
All successful captains in the world have had long-term roles to make a difference.
Trust yourself in tight situations, but you need to have a plan. You might fail once, twice, but you will get better at it.
When you have confidence, the atmosphere in the dressing room also improves.
The victory in the 1992 World Cup changed Pakistan cricket. A number of cricketers from that side turned out to be role models and inspiration for the younger generation.
It’s up to the individual to decide when he wants to quit.
It is not easy when people laugh at you.
In Pakistan cricket, the real test comes when the team is not doing well. When it is winning, everything is fine.
I think there is no better way for our players to improve and learn to perform under pressure than playing regularly with India.
When I look back and think about it, I feel my career was fairly good but, certainly, not tremendous.
I can’t leave cricket. It is my passion.
If people remember me as one who contributed to Pakistan’s cricket, I will feel good. If people say good things, it makes me feel happy.
In 2004, we were in a rebuilding phase after the disastrous 2003 World Cup campaign, and the batsmen, in particular, did not know where they would bat or what was their role. For example, in the one-dayers, we were playing Shahid Afridi on top of the order, but we didn’t consider him for the Tests.
Handling pressure is the key to doing well in Indo-Pak matches.
Cricket is a team game. No individual can just say he can win it on his own.
Criticism is natural; it’s just that you have to deal with it positively and use it to improve.
We were able to dominate the world in the ’90s because the World Cup victory completely transformed us and changed our mindset.
It’s not as if I never used to get under pressure. That is nonsense. It’s just that my looks gave an appearance, and people didn’t think I was tense.
I have told the PCB that I want total independence to work with a free mind and pick the best players, and they have assured me it will be done.
One day, those who play have to leave the stage.
The pressure of an India-Pakistan game is immense.