Dhoni defends the youngsters in Team India

Updated: 25 August 2010 11:57 IST

Wasim Akram believes the current young Indian outfit lacks passion and hunger to perform at the top level though they possess tremendous talent.

Dhoni defends the youngsters in Team India

New Delhi:

Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram believes 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.

"Look at some of the young Indian bowlers. They breakdown every now and then. I realised during the IPL 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," Wasim Akram said in an interview to daily newspaper.

The 44 year old former cricketer is clearly surprised by the complains of too much cricket by the Indian players.

On former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram criticism that the youngsters in the team are too spoilt and soft, Dhoni said the he wasn't aware of such comments but just a couple of bad performances should not invite such remarks.

"I don't know what Wasim Akram said. For me, what's important is how the team is shaping up. if you talk about the team being soft, they have done really well in adverse and difficult conditions. Whether it's in Australia or the Twenty20 World Cup or some of the other tournaments where we were not at our best," he pointed out.

"Even in the Asia Cup, we did well with the youngsters. So I don't think you should be clever enough to make a statement based on three or four games. It's the overall picture that you set. I think the guys are courageous enough to go through any conditions or situations thrown at them.

"We are on the backfoot right now, with the conditions maybe. But these are the boys who will ultimately be part of the Indian cricket team now or sometime later," he added.



Topics : Cricket MS Dhoni Yuvraj Singh Suresh Raina
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