After spending close to a year away from the side, Zaheer made a comeback in South Afica Test series and in the four Tests since returning, he has scalped 16 wickets including a five-wicket haul against New Zealand in the second Test. (Agencies)
His performance has failed to impress the likes of former captain Rahul Dravid, who felt Zaheer should ask himself some tough questions.
However, Akram feels Zaheer can guide and pass on his bowling skills to the young Indian fast bowlers in the time left before his retirement.
"It is very rare that you make a comeback having played 90 Tests. So it is just not your bowling but also your reputation at stake," Akram said.
"But in the time left before he finally retires, Zaheer has the opportunity to contribute a lot still. Like Imran (Khan) did with myself and Waqar (Younis), Zak can stand at mid-on and mid-off and teach other bowlers skills like reverse swing, have a word with the young fast bowlers when things are not going well.
"Talking, explaining fast bowling is an art. Just because one is a fast bowler does not always mean he can teach easily to others. So the more Zaheer talks to the others, he will learn and teach more. I used to just ask Imran 'kya karoon, kya karoon (what should I do)' for the first three years. And that is how I learned," he added.
With 311 wickets in 92 Tests, Zaheer is the second most successful India seamer after Kapil Dev but his career has been plagued by injuries and Dravid said he would hate to see Zaheer end his career bowling 120-125 kph.
However, former India bowling coach Eric Simons believes speed has never really been Zaheer's strength.
After spending close to a year away from the side, Zaheer made a comeback in South Afica Test series and in the four Tests since returning, he has scalped 16 wickets including a five-wicket haul against New Zealand in the second Test.