New Delhi: Pakistani great Wasim Akram on Wednesday said that if S Sreesanth controlled himself better, he could prove to be an asset for the Indian cricket team.

Akram said Sreeanth has the ability to pick wickets with the new ball and just need to manage himself in a better way.

"Absence of Ashish Nehra in the opening match against Bangladesh gave the Kerala Express a "back-door" entry into the playing XI, but I have always maintained Sreesanth is definitely a top choice for me,” said Akram.

Akram added that one cannot fault Sreesanth for his on-field antics as he is a young and emotional guy.

"You can't fault Sreesanth for trying too hard. He is emotional and obviously wants to seal a berth in the team. He is an aggressive and a positive bowler and that is very important. It's just that he has to control himself better. He can't be bowling fast every ball and can't be taking a wicket with every delivery," Akram told a website.

Wasim Akram also praised Munaf Patel for his performance against Bangladesh.

"He has definitely improved in the last two years and he admitted after the match that he was taking extra care of his physical fitness. Munaf's body language and his fielding have improved and he is a very intelligent and clever bowler as far as the variation of pace is concerned," he said.

Indian batsman Virat Kohli also came in for rich praise from Akram.

"He's got the ability to be a classy batsman. And a 100 in his first World Cup game -- it is a dream-come-true for a youngster like him. I hope Virat has cemented the fourth spot in the strong Indian team," he mentioned.

(Agencies)