“Have parties after you retire”: Wasim Akram’s stern message under fire from the India Star

"Have parties after retirement": Wasim Akram's harsh message under fire from the India Star

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One of the most promising young batters in Indian cricket, Prithvi Shaw has not been able to live up to the expectations he set for himself at the start of his career. Growing into a batter capable of playing in all three formats for the Indian team, Shaw has become a player who even struggles to break into the playing XI for his Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise, Delhi Capitals. Shaw’s case has been an interesting one, with off-field controversies making headlines on several occasions. Sending a strict message to the talented opening batter, Pakistani cricket legend Wasim Akram urged him to focus on cricket and not partying.

“I haven’t watched him closely this year, but he needs to get back to basics, play first-class cricket and score big. Focus on cricket, not partying,” Akram told Sportskeeda .

At just 24 years old, Shaw turned heads when he first wore the Indian jersey, making his Test debut against the West Indies in 2018. The opening batter, however, had a few disciplinary issues to sort out during of recent years. years of his career, and these incidents had a negative impact on his form.

“He’s got a lot of cricket left in him, just go back and play first-class cricket. Get a lot of centuries and make a comeback. That’s the only way. There’s no shortcut. He’s got time on his hands, and that’s good for him,” Akram added.

“He needs to play regularly and watch himself off the field. Party as much as you want after retirement, whatever. But now concentrate on cricket,” urged the pace.

Shaw’s IPL franchise Delhi Capitals is still in the race for a top 4 finish, hoping to win the final two matches and qualify for the playoffs.

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