"The Indian cricket team had met me before leaving for the tour and sought my blessings. In sports, there can be wins and defeats. But I thought what blessing should I give when I can't even hold a cricket bat.
"I told them go to Pakistan and win there. Win the matches and the hearts too," he said addressing an election rally. Lauding the all-round performance of Kaif who belongs to Uttar Pradesh (UP), he said earlier cricketers from UP were not being selected in the national side.
"If a person from UP can become the Prime Minister, why can't a cricketer be included in the national team," he said specially praising Kaif's catching abilities.
Vajpayee congratulated the team for its victory in the fourth One-day International in Lahore on Sunday.