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Sreesanth – Comeback man – I

November 28, 2009

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……

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17 Comments leave one →
  1. November 28, 2009 9:37 am

    Honestly I’m not a fan of Sreesanth at all,Kanagu! I hate his eccentricities! Agreed he bowls well and has contributed a lot to the success of his team. But I still get a feeling that he has a tendency of letting the success go into his head at times.

    kanagu: It’s a common fact Deeps… not many like Sreesanth due to his antics… but then he has his cricket merits… even Australian players involves in Sledging very well… but he does bit more than that and inviting problems….
    true… he lets the success to affect his performances which is not good for him and team..

    Having said that let me not overlook his professional achievements. He has phenomenal in the ongoing test series between India and Srilanka.

    kanagu: True.. hope he continues that way… 🙂

  2. Swaram permalink
    November 28, 2009 10:51 am

    I like Sreesanth for his dancing talent 😛 This post was a nice insight into his cricketing side 😀

    kanagu: he he he…. are you mentioning that dance in the field?? 😛 😛
    thank you 🙂 🙂

    His performance in the test was outstanding and kudos to him, for we had our 100th test win in style WooHoo!

    kanagu: Yes… we won the match fair and square.. and we are lil consistent these days 🙂 🙂

    • November 29, 2009 9:43 pm

      LOL .. even out of the field, he is a gud dancer na 😛

      kanagu: 😛 😛 😛

  3. November 28, 2009 2:16 pm

    People who criticise SreeSanth dont know that to bowl fast it requires some madness !!! He is a maverick a character… !!! Having said that I must say that SreeSanth lets his antics affect his play… !!!

    kanagu: Yes… his antics affects his play and it was evident from his waywardness… he is carried away….

    For me its not a problem at all if he scowls at the batsman, swears, stares or anything as long as he is bowling well and doing his job !!!!!!!

    I dont care whether he dances or does anything but most and most important is he must not let all this affect his bowling !!! As long as he is contributing to the team he is doing a good job !!!!!

    He is a very very talented bowler !! and India needs him to get his act right more often !!!!!

    kanagu: He is really talented and will be an asset to our team if he does well…. but at times discipline also required..

    Fast bowling characters are a wonderful lot and I love to see some antics on the field really !!!!!

    I was a fan of Merv Hughes, Lillee and I love it when they intimidate a batsman and give him a mouthful too !!!! I am all for sledging actually !!!!! 😛

    kanagu: I am not a fan of sledging because it’s not a fair one to intimidate anybody and get their wicket… bowl well and get their wicket… thats the thing for me..

    • November 28, 2009 5:41 pm

      You are right – his antics affect his play…I think success has gone to his head and if he wants to perform and remain in the team, he needs to improve his attitude…Scowling etc. are fine but crying is not…Also, he needs to be consistent…

      kanagu: He cried like a baby.. made him as a funny character to everybody… In the last test he controlled his emotions and concentrated on his job.. hope he continues that way…

    • November 28, 2009 6:16 pm

      Only Hitch can write comments as long as the post – only if it is a post on cricket !!!! 🙂

      kanagu: LOL 😆

      • November 30, 2009 1:44 pm

        He has Sachin and Dravid in the dresssing room !!! he needs to learn to focus and work hard and remain grounded from them !!

        kanagu: True bhai.. he need to concentrate and those cricket greats will help him for sure…

        • November 30, 2009 1:48 pm

          Sledging is also a Test !! to see how a player can maintain his composure or not.. !!

          However its to be done a lil more subtly..! Steve Waugh was a master of it… !!

          The best though has to be Shane Warne… and when I say sledging it doesnt just mean abusing each other.. but taunting etc… like telling a

          you cant cover drive me can you ??
          or
          I am too quick for you eh !!
          or
          you cant pick which way its turning can you ??
          or mocking…
          like Steve did to Gibbs..

          you just dropped the world cup mate !!!!!

          kanagu: Yes Bhai… I am all for this… which are really within the game… but some of the sledging done by the Mcgrath are best not heard….

          • December 1, 2009 3:18 pm

            its not a world for the mild hearted !!! lol…

            McGrath was a champ too !!! 😛

            kanagu: LOL bhai.. I am one mild hearted guy.. 🙂 🙂
            and Mcgrath is a great bowler, but.. sledging.. I can’t take his way…

  4. November 28, 2009 4:04 pm

    Somehow I have never hated the man!!! He was just a cricketer for me but good to see him doing well becasue it is good for the team!!!

    kanagu: Agreed 🙂 🙂

    P.S. Have nto read the post as cricket post not really my cuppa tea but commented on the title 😀

    kanagu: he he he… my cricket posts never got good responses… 🙂 🙂

    • November 28, 2009 4:21 pm

      same here..cricket post = no comments..not even title 🙂 sorry!

      kanagu: No need for sorry Reema… if its not our interesting topic then there is no need to read that one 🙂 🙂

  5. November 28, 2009 6:15 pm

    HEHEHEHEHE !!! Cricket post, yet again ????? 🙂

    Marked attendance. 🙂

    kanagu: he he he 🙂 🙂

  6. November 29, 2009 7:32 pm

    Though I do not follow much cricket these days, I felt that RP Singh was a better bowler than Sreesanth. But hope both of them havd a lot more to contribute.

    Destination Infinity

    kanagu: Thats what I thought too… but RP was not good in dead pitches… he has to improve on it especially if you are an Indian bowler..

  7. November 29, 2009 11:35 pm

    i could never stand this guy…
    maybe he’s an awesome player…
    but he’s also an immature jerk… who looks like a chimpanzee but thinnks he’s a demi god 😛 yeesh!

    kanagu: He he he…. 🙂 🙂 I have written about him in cricketing sense… 🙂
    i ran into him once at a five star hotel in bangalore a couple of months back. he was walking by with a cool swagger, flanked by 2 body guards or something. i brushed past him, completely ignoring him, totally concentrating on my phone conversation. he stared at me in shock, not believing that a chit of a girl actually didnt know who he was! that made my day 😀 LOL
    ok let me run before sreesanth fans kill me…

    kanagu: Oh girl.. you are so rude… 😛 😛
    but then why did you looked at him to check whether he is staring at you or not?? 😉 😆

    • December 1, 2009 11:08 pm

      i didnt have to look at him… i cud see it from the corner of my eyes… girls are good at these things re 😀 😉

      kanagu: I forgot this fact 😛 😛 😀

  8. November 30, 2009 12:11 pm

    Two posts on Sri….wow …but does he deserve this much media attention now a days…i mean come on,he just played one test only…though i’m his supporter i ‘m surprised to see the praises and columns about him in all the leading daily’s on past few days 🙂
    May the success never go to his head but shine in the team in coming years 🙂

    kanagu: This is a great achievement machi… he didn’t played much competitive cricket for past 18 months but yet he turned in for a match winning performance.. another thing is, our medias are good in blowing up the things.. aren’t they???

    is the leading daily’s includes my blog also??? 😉 LOL 😆

  9. December 7, 2009 10:44 pm

    I am not a huge fan of him thanks to his antics but I can never ever deny that he has one the best seam actions I have ever seen. His run up, his seam action and his ability to swing the ball in and out are all the makings of a great fast bowler. This series though I havent seen many of his antics and he has kept his aggression under control and I really hope that he continues like this. With him in the side our bowling will be good and I some how hope that Pathan makes a come back too. With him as the 3rd pacer we will have an all rounder. He is good bowler i really dont know what went wrong with him.

    kanagu: Me too didn’t loved him as a person but surely he is one of the better bowler India have.. I like his bowling very much and if he didn’t get distracted he will be lethal… but Pathan must get his ability to swing back. Because without that his bowling is as good as Ganguly’s considering his pace….

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