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The Khan Is King

Imran cocks a snook at his detractors by leading his dead and buried outfit to the pinnacle of glory in the '92 edition

The Khan Is King
The Khan Is King
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TIGER ON THE COUCH

A year after the ’87 World Cup, I visited Pakistan for a social science conference. Here, a lady psychoanalyst from Lahore presented a paper on ‘the Great Man Syndrome’. Borrowing from the work of Carl Gustav Jung, and adding a feminist angle of her own, she argued that the South Asian male had fantasies of omnipotence. The dreams were, by definition, unrealisable, but in trying to live them out, these men brought down the societies they were fortunate enough to lead. Paradigmatic cases were Zia-ul-Haq’s attempt to Islamicise Pakistan, and Rajiv Gandhi’s dispatch of Indian troops to Sri Lanka. There was also Imran Khan. Thus, when the ’87 World Cup came along, the once great Khan was old and out of form, yet his Jungian fantasies made him usurp the Pakistani captaincy. Now, implied the lady, if only he had allowed Miandad to lead, would Pakistan have been booted out in the semi-final?

Also at the conference was a distinguished Indian psychoanalyst,   whom I won’t name for fear of libel. He said, off the record, that a...

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