Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram on Sunday lavished praise on India U-19 skipper Unmukt Chand for guiding his team to its third World Cup title on Sunday and said the opener is ready to play for the senior side.

Describing Chand's unbeaten 111-run knock as the best innings in under-19 cricket, Akram said, "As a whole package, he is excellent. This guy is very special and I hope the Indian selectors are looking at him because Ian Chappell (former Australian captain) has been saying, we have been saying that Chand is ready for India."

"It's been our privilege to see the innings played by Chand. It's the best innings in U-19 cricket that I have ever seen. I think few players are ready to play for India 'A' or may be for the Indian team, Sandeep Sharma and Unmukt Chand. Chand has already got picked for India 'A' touring New Zealand in September-October," he said.

Chand led from the front as India beat defending champions Australia by six wickets at Tony Ireland Stadium. This was India U-19s' first triumph after Mohammed Kaif and Virat Kohli led their teams to win in 2000 and 2008.