Arshdeep Singh’s coach, Jaswant Rai, has revealed how the young pacer met legendary pacer Wasim Akram and was bowled over by his idol during an interaction in the recently-concluded Asia Cup as well. However, Arshdeep has been enjoying a good time on the international circuit and was heavily applauded by everyone for his efforts in the death overs during the series as well.
Rai, speaking to journalist Vimal Kumar on his YouTube channel, as quoted by the Hindustan Times, shared an incident where Singh met his idol Akram and the Pakistan legend told him not to come to him for advice if he thought that he was perfect. And, Rai also shared that Singh kept thinking about the question posed by Wasim Akram and went and had a discussion with the legend as well.
“Arshdeep told me that he met Akram bhai who told him, ‘Sardarji, you are bowling very well. You are a good bowler. If you think you are perfect, then don’t come to me. If you feel you want to ask me anything or want to learn something from me then you can come whenever you want’. He then told me that when he went to the hotel at night, he kept thinking about that question. He felt that if he didn’t go then Akram would mind and think that that Sardarji seems to know everything. So next day he went to Akram and had a discussion,” again said Jaswant.
“I will go for Arshdeep Singh as well. The young boy has got talent. The way he bowled the last over against Pakistan under pressure. He dropped a catch. We all drop catches under pressure in knockout games. It’s not the end of the world,” Akram told Star Sports, adding that the online trolling of the young pacer needed to stop. I have been seeing social media and I have felt quite sad for this youngster. We must come out and support him. He is the future of Indian cricket, in my book,” he concluded.