Wasim Akram is not someone who is easily impressed.
That’s why when the legendary Pak bowler praises a player, it’s time to sit up and take notice.
An Indian player who has caught Akram’s eye is left arm pacer Arshdeep Singh.
If you recall, Arshdeep Singh was severely trolled at the 2022 Asia Cup when he dropped Pakistan’s Asif Ali off the bowling of Ravi Bishnoi during a crunch situation.
This led to India’s elimination from the Asia Cup.
The brutal criticism would have shattered the confidence of many young players.
However, Arshdeep has only emerged stronger and is easily, India’s best bowler in the T20 World Cup.
He has taken nine wickets in four games, highest among all bowlers in the Super 12 stage.
A visibly impressed Akram said, “He’s got nine wickets in the tournament, the most by anyone in Super 12 stage.”
“Uska talent maine aur Waqar (Younis) ne toh Asia Cup me hi dekh liya tha. Jis tareeke se wo ball ko swing karta hai, naya ball dono taraf. I heard he did really well in IPL.”
“He’s got a bright future, sensible bowler hai, yorker achha karta hai aur slow ball bhi achhi hai. Do wickets jo usne liye hai (against Bangladesh), usne match ka paasa palat diya.”
(Waqar and I saw his talent in the Asia Cup. He can swing the ball both ways. He’s got a bright future, he’s sensible, can bowl yorkers and slow ball. The two wickets he took changed the course of the game),”
Akram added, “India me isko social media pe udaaya gaya (He was trolled on social media in India), but he himself said I’m not bothered. Ye attitude bada zaroori hai (This attitude is important).”
Arshdeep’s terrific performance has helped India overcome the absence of Jasprit Bumrah.
We hope Arshdeep continues to work his magic with the ball.