Former Pakistan all-rounder and World Cup 1992 winning captain Imran Khan is set to become the next Prime Minister of his country. The man who donned Pakistan's cricket jersey for 21 years saw his party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) win 115 seats in the recently concluded elections. While the halfway mark is 137, PTI looks set to form the government, with Imran all set to become the country's head.
Many saw this coming since long. But there was one who had already predicted Imran's success, and he wasn't from the country. Former Indian opener and skipper Sunil Gavaskar had opined that Imran would soon become the Prime Minister of Pakistan. He said that while commentating a match between India and Bangladesh.
The 'Little Master' was in the commentary box along with Ramiz Raja, when he said, "Be very careful Rambo. Who you mimic on television could be the next Prime Minister of Pakistan."
Though, it seems Gavaskar wasn't the only one who predicted this long back. Indian actor and singer Ayushmann Khurrana revealed that even his father had predicted the same when Imran led his nation the World Cup success in 1992.
On his Twitter handle, he wrote, "His victory speech at 92 cricket World Cup made my father predict- “yeh banda pakka ek din Pakistan ka PM banega.” And it happened today. Congrats @ImranKhanPTI sir. Have always been a fan. Now you have the biggest responsibility of bringing peace and harmony in the subcontinent."
Imran was one of the best cricketer of Pakistan, before turning his attention towards politics. He represented his nation for 21 years in cricket, playing 88 Test matches and 175 ODIs. In the Test format, he took 362 wickets and scored 3807 runs, whereas in the 50-over game, he scalped 182 wickets and scored 3709 runs. In 1992, he announced his retirement from cricket.
Four years later, he formed the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, and contested for the seat of National Assembly of Pakistan in 1997. There wasn't immediate success for the cricketer-turned-politician, but eventually things got better.