‘Gautam is an exceptional leader’, says Wasim Akram

"The way he has come back to form after the first few disappointments says a lot about his mental strength"

“The way he has come back to form after the first few disappointments says a lot about his mental strength”

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Legendary Pakistan pace bowler Wasim Akram has announced that Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir is an “exceptional leader”.

Akram, who is the Knight Riders’ mentor, added that he was impressed with the team’s four-game winning streak.

“Gautam is an exceptional leader and his results are there for all to see,” Akram told theĀ Times of India. “The way he has come back to form after the first few disappointments says a lot about his mental strength. He is someone who leads from the front.

“Sunil Narine, Morne Morkel and Umesh Yadav have all played cricket at the highest level, and have a lot of experience. Even with the likes of (Vinay) Kumar, (Piyush) Chawla and Shakib – it is all about helping them to approach a game from the psychological perspective.”

Akram also branded batsman Suryakumar Yadav as “the find of the season”.

“I reckon the find of the season for us has been Suryakumar Yadav,” he said. “The way he batted in the first few matches has been very impressive, and he is also an exceptional fielder.”

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