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Started as a quality seam bowler; ends as a greedy sportsman lured into the money trap.

Written by Sahil Malhotra | New Delhi |
May 17, 2013 10:26:27 am

Joginder Sharma to Misbah-ul-Haq: Sharma serves a length delivery,which the right-hander attempts to scoop it over the short fine-leg region. He gets bat on ball,but fails to get the connection,and plays it straight down the fielder’s throat. Who fielder? S Sreesanth.

The catch was completed,and India lifted the inaugural T20 World Cup.

Nostalgia? Ask Sreesanth. I wonder what will be going through the seamer’s mind right now. What thoughts running through his head – known for annoying mischief?

Good or bad,Sreesanth has always been a character. To put in better words,he has been the clown of the cricket circus. With his over flowing emotions and enthusiasm,the seamer,in some way or the other,has kept the lull at bay. And,you need such characters in the game.

Who doesn’t want to watch some drama? Ask a popular Indian news channel who are minting money with their discovery of stairs to the heaven. But,hang on,nothing at the cost of the game.

In the squad or not, Sreesanth is undoubtedly one of the finest seam bowler in the country right now. A perfect wrist position and delivery release make him a very lethal bowler in any part of the globe. Yes,he gets a tad expensive on occasions,but his ability to take wickets makes up for the runs he leaks.

The seamer was never short of confidence,and ran into the mighty Aussies without any second thoughts. He took the gigantic Matthew Hayden on,provoked Adam Gilchrist and frustrated Andrew Symonds to the core.

One would say he started to consider himself the next big thing in Indian cricket,and his actions — both on and off the field — exhibited the same. The activities turned frequent,and the bowler was making headlines for all the wrong reasons.

The 30-year old was annoying in full throttle before he suffered an immediate stop with Harbhajan Singh’s slap. The Turbanator slapped his Indian teammate after the latter provoked him post a IPL fixture.

Things were falling in place for Sreesanth the attention seeker,but not how he would have liked for Sreesanth the bowler.

One expected the cricketer to grow out of this incident,and focus on the skill responsible for getting him so far. However,that didn’t happen,as the seamer slowly and gradually phased out of the scheme of things. Yes,he played the World Cup final in 2011,but the decision to field the erratic seamer in the final raised a lot of fingers on the team selection.

Sreesanth’s ability with the ball kept him in contention for the team,but the seamer was not picked. Injuries further plagued his chances of making it back to the Indian team.

Things were already in a mess,and the cricketer went crazy during the ongoing sixth edition of the Indian Premier League. He wrote a series of tweets on the slap-gate scandal of 2008,and narrated a different story.

The tweets made one thing clear – he had no plans to play for India again. After making such accusations,Sreesanth would have been well aware of the repercussions. Which team will risk having a player itching to be in the spot light for any reason? Not India for sure.

Apart from being a big time attention seeker,Sreesanth is an ego maniac. He just can’t take it and enjoys the little polish.

A rock star,a genuine swing bowler,a fighter,a passionate cricketer,and what not? He had all the ingredients to go a long way,but cooked a different recipe.

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