Akram feels Indian youngsters are spoilt

Published: Tuesday, August 24, 2010, 15:50 [IST]
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'Indian players are softies and spoilt'

Mumbai: Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram feels the current young Indian outfit lacks passion and hunger to perform at the top level though they possess tremendous talent and opportunity.

Akram termed the young and upcoming Indian players as "softies" and "spoilt" for their lack of enthusiasm and energy, according to TOI report.

The Indian cricketers should make most of the "excessive" cricket rather than complain about it, feels former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram.

"It's a boon, not a punishment," he said.

"In the 90s there used to be 10-12 Tests annually. I guess it's the same now. We also played 30-35 ODIs. There were no T20s or IPL then, but we played county cricket for a month each year. Today, there are so many opportunities and so much money that the players don't seem to care.

"The dream to represent the country for long doesn't seem to exist. Look at some of the young Indian bowlers. They breakdown every now and then. Last year, when I was involved with the IPL (Akram was bowling consultant for the Kolkata Knight Riders), I realised that the bowlers were happy bowling just 3-4 overs in the nets. I was amazed. Softies is the word to describe them. They are also spoilt and don't believe in working hard," said the 44-year-old.

Akram was disappointed with young Indian batsmen Rohit Sharma and Robin Uthappa.

"They are so talented but where are they heading? Rohit has so much class, but when will he make an impact? It doesn't matter at what number you bat. At this age, he should show the world your worth. Uthappa too hasn't done himself any justice."

Akram later went on to talk about passion for the game amongst youngsters, Akram gave an example to emphasize it. "When I was young, I once bowled Mohammad Azharuddin at Nagpur. I still have those broken bails as souvenir. I hope the cricketers of today show us some of that passion."


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