Sreesanth – Comeback man – I
Tuesday evening, while I am in office I was extremely disappointed for not catching the bowling of Sreesanth, surely not to see his antics but to watch his bowling. He is a troubled kid in cricket arena but I love his bowling action, from that beautiful run-up to delivery stride, those seamed up deliveries and lovely out-swingers. He can be thrashed for those wayward deliveries he bowls now and then but still I enjoy watching him. In India, very few fast bowlers have the perfect run-up. Kapil Dev had that, Srinath had that, Zaheer have that and then Sreesanth. I like Agarkar’s but its not the perfect one for a fast bowler.
It’s the year of 2005. India cricket team is searching for the fast bowling talent. With Zaheer nursing injuries, out of shape and out of form, Nehra too out due to injury and Agarkar out of squad for his waywardness the selectors search handed them 2 fresh talents in their hands: Santhakumaran Sreesanth and Rudra Pratap Singh. Both were young and basically swing and rhythm bowlers.
How he got into the team?
The news is in the air that Sreesanth has trapped Sachin in front in the challenger trophy 2005. He was also the highest wicket taker and man of the series in that series earned the much awaited national cap for him. He debuted against Srilanka in 2005. In that bilateral series he has bowled with lot of pace and less accuracy. But he has been among the wickets. Moreover, he has own the confidence of then coach Greg Chappell, who ran the show. But he didn’t attract me due to his waywardness. Actually it is R.P.Singh who attracted me straight away with his clean run-up and his ability to swing the ball into right hand batsmen. But Sreesanth has always got the nod above RP. My heart always will go to RP for not being in the team and more than that its Sreesanth who holds it.
When it all changed??
It was the tour of South Africa which changed my perception about Sreesanth. He ran in hard, beautiful wrist and seam position, making the ball to cut both the ways, he made inroads into the South African batting line-up in the first test and India won the first test in SA soil. The much talked about aspect of the Sreesanth’s ability is his wrist position and perfect seam. With that perfect seam he makes the ball to move in and out and kept the batsmen guessing.
The MRF pace foundation’s bowling coach T A Sekhar then said,
“I have not seen anybody bowling with such beautiful seam. The only time I have seen it was when Zaheer was at his peak”.
The Golden run….
Sreesanth has got a permanent place in the Indian team and was part of the Dhoni’s young brigade till April, 2008. Until that period he has some nerve-cracking moments like holding on to the catch of Misbah-ul-Haq as India laid their hands on the inaugural T20 world cup and then the face off with Australia in Australia winning the triangular series. He has lost his temper and control completely over those days but not his pace and his ability to hit the seam.
Trouble and more trouble..
And then he lost his place in the Indian team due to injury and when he was started to play again public started to remember him more for his antics on and off the field, from the dance on field after hitting the six off Andre Nel, slapping incident between him and Bhajji, those antics he does before bowling every delivery, staring at the batsmen for a nothing delivery and then the way he ran around after bowling Dhoni at the last IPL.
The comeback – its by tomorrow……