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Sreesanth needs to be reined in
by Gulu Ezekiel
Oct 04, 2007
This whole business of S. Sreesanth’s antics is beginning to get tiresome. Indeed, the behaviour of both sides is threatening to overshadow the ODI series between the 50-over world champions and the newly crowned T-20 champs.

The Indian pace bowler is proving to be more than a handful for his captains, first Rahul Dravid and now MS Dhoni.

Yes, fast bowlers through the years have had a history of being aggressive on the field. But then there is a difference between aggressiveness and showmanship, even gamesmanship.

Frankly Sreesanth has crossed the line and there is a growing feeling that he is doing it all for the cameras. Now with his latest antics against Australia at Kochi on Tuesday he has become nothing short of an embarrassment.

Sure, he was bowling—or should one say, ‘performing’--before his home crowd for the first time. But there was no need to indulge in childish histrionics.

Fines on international cricketers are being shrugged off. But there will come a time when an ICC Match Referee will slap a ban on the young man and that will hit him where it hurts. Now the BCCI had finally spoken and team manager Lalchand Rajput has been given clear instructions to rein in the runaway bowler.

The unfortunate part of this whole farçe is that Sreesanth’s put-on aggression does not help him bowl better. After all, that is the sole reason he is in the team, to take wickets. Certainly not to put on a song-and-dance act.

He is a hugely talented bowler as he showed in South Africa late last year and again this year in England and South Africa. But when he loses his top, he loses his focus too and India can ill afford that.

Fast bowlers like Dennis Lillee and Glenn McGrath were as foul mouthed as they come. But they managed to channelise their aggression positively and it made them better, not worse bowlers as in the case of Sreesanth.

In both the two ODIs, at Bangalore and Kochi, he took three wickets. But he also sprayed the ball all over the place and proved pretty expensive. This profligacy was on display at the ICC T-20 World Cup too.

This kind of behaviour is being encouraged not just by the cameras at the ground, but more pertinently by the plethora of news channels that clog up our airwaves—for them he makes good TV and they egg him on to perform his ridiculous antics.

It may have got him a movie offer and product endorsements too. But the sooner Sreesanth grows up and realizes he is wasting his talent, the better it will be both for the player himself and the team.

 
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