Pakistan cricket legend Wasim Akram made a special request to teammate Jasprit Bumrah after India were crowned world champions on Saturday. Ending India’s long wait for an ICC title in a major tournament, captain Rohit Sharma led Team India to a historic victory in the final as the Asian giants beat South Africa by seven points. The Virat Kohli-led side remained unbeaten in the entire tournament.

Akram was also asked to assess the Indian pacer’s performance. (AP-AFP)

After India’s World Cup triumph, the International Cricket Council selected six Indian players for the Team of the Tournament. The ICC XI included Indian captain Rohit, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah and Arshdeep Singh. Bumrah, named Player of the Tournament, was aided by his partner-in-crime Arshdeep throughout the tournament.

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“I hope he’s thinking about Test cricket”

Talking about the Indian pacer, fast bowler Akram urged Arshdeep to focus on playing in the longer formats of the game. “Very impressive, very talented. He should focus on four-day cricket as well because he has the swing and pace. He swings the ball both ways and the new ball is working decently. I think he has the potential to become a regular bowler for India. I hope he thinks about Test cricket because in T20s you earn money and make a name for yourself in one year in T20s,” Akram said Sporty.

Arshdeep outshines Bumrah

The Indian sprinter overtook Bumrah as the highest wicket-taker in the T20 World Cup. Indian pacer Arshdeep was the highest wicket-taker in the ICC event. The Team India fast bowler took 17 wickets in the recently concluded edition of the T20 World Cup. Arshdeep also created history by registering the highest figures by an Indian in the T20 World Cup. Registering the highest figures by an Indian in the T20 World Cup, Arshdeep took four wickets and conceded 9 runs against the USA.

‘He’s definitely got potential’: Wasim rates India star

During the conversation, the former Pakistan captain was also asked to assess Arshdeep’s performance. “If you have to leave a legacy, you have to think about long-term cricket. People should be saying about you even 10-20 years after your retirement that there has been no such player in the history of cricket. These young players should have that mindset. He has the potential, no doubt. I would give him an eight,” Akram added.