In the wake of Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) massive victory in the general elections, cricketing stars lent their support and congratulated the party chief.

Former Indian captain Kapil Dev said: “Firstly, I’d like to congratulate him [Imran] on this huge achievement.”

“Winning a World Cup is one thing but leading a nation is a completely different ball game all together,” he said.

Dev went on to say, “To be honest his [Imran’s] achievements in cricket pale in comparison to leading a country.”

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“You shouldn’t discount his 25 years of struggle to reach this point either,” the former Indian skipper said.

“He [Imran] is a born leader and I truly hope he can help his country,” Dev said.

The PTI pulled a major shocker on the former ruling party, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), by securing a significant lead in the National Assembly race.

The rumour mill, casting uncertainty over the fate of the general polls, was silenced with the conduct of country’s largest electoral exercise for the NA and four provincial assemblies that gave the PTI an edge over its arch-rivals the PML-N and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP)