Sreesanth – The comeback man – II
Nobody expected him, surely not him, that he will make his comeback so soon when the Indian test squad for ongoing Srilankan series was announced. Because he was not backed by any extra-ordinary performances in Ranji trophy or English county lately. But he had a little stint with the then fastest bowler in the world Allan Donald. His words hugely positive for Sreesanth and the important thing is nobody doubted his cricketing skills.
With Nehra performing consistently in ODIs and Munaf bowled well in Irani cup they should have been the automatic choice. But Nehra was not an ideal bowler for tests as he is more prone to injuries and won’t be much of a threat if the ball is not swinging. If Sreesanth has one kind of attitude problem then Munaf has other. I have read this line in our office’s public folder which suits him very aptly.
While bowling, he thinks it was a pain to hold and running with the ball.
Except for the first test he played against England he has never bowled with too much effort. In that first test he bowled with venom. The inswinging yorkers he sent at the 140 Kmph were really threatening and England batsmen were danced on the crease. But he started to concentrate on line and length and lost all his pace. With ODIs so much changed, his slow pace decent deliveries were sent crashing to the boundaries.
As every door were shut, Indian selectors made a gamble by selecting him. They may have thought its time to give chance to somebody like Sreesanth instead going back to others. But I am really baffled by the team selection which had 3 spinners and 3 seamers. Usually India plays with 3 pacers and 1 spinner. But this time they decided to fall back to the old formula of 2 spinners. So again there is no hope for Sreesanth as our frontline seamers are Zaheer and Ishant. But Ishant’s ordinary form over the period of time helped Sreesanth immensely and he regained his spot in team for 2nd test.
I have decided to see his bowling by wednesady morning and I am really impressed by the he bowled. He may have got wickets out of some ordinary deliveries but they all fell because of his consistent bowling to stump to stump at a good pace. At last he found a way to control his emotions. The first ball which Mahela faced from Sreesanth was a beauty which just kissed the bat and went through Dhoni and Sachin, who was at the first slip. He would have cried for not even making an attempt at that. But he just carried on this time with an unwavering mind which yielded him 5-for and swung the match in India’s favour.
And rightly he was adjudged as the man of the match. Hope he continues to bowl with zest and control and underplaying his emotions, which will be good for his career and also team India.