Friday, March 28, 2008
Sreeaanth:Only Agression and Lack of bowling Form
Even after so many episodes of bad blood between oppositions for India in the recent tour of Australia down under,it seems like there is no end to the sledging episode after the first two days of the ongoing test match between India and South Africa.On the first day,it was between Sreesanth and South African captain Greame Smith,followed by the same Sreesanth with A B DeVilliars on day 2.
Well all these is OK.But,is the same thing being done when his bowling is taken into consideration?This is probably the million dollar question of the moment.Even the selectors seem to be duped by this Kerala lad with all his onfield aggresion,making news for all other reasons other than his devastating bowling that is the most required by him,which is also the reason for his inclusion in the team.
As far as statistics go,taking into consideration the matches (Test,ODI & T20)played after the T20 triumph,is as follows:0/47 in 4 overs in the T20 game against Australia,9 wickets from 4 out of 7 games against Australia at home(fitness to be noticed) at an average of 27.11;missing the test series against Australia shows his lack of fitness;and in the series against his 3 wickets in the only unconsequential 4th ODI game,where he was once again forced to miss the first 4 ODIs as well as the test series;and in the lone T20 game against Australia down under,he was the pick of the Aussie batsmen who belted him for 25 runs off 3overs;and offlate in the recently concluded C B series,some decent record of 9 wickets from 7 games,not to forget him missing 5 games altogether,which includes Sanath Jayasuriya belting him in the 2nd one dayer as though it was a T20 game.
But,this dude is found to make news only for his onfield conflict with someone like Symonds,for his dancing in South Africa after hitting a six off Andre Nel.The lone highlightes about his bowling would be the 9 wicket match haul in the first test against South Africa,which India won only to lose the next two.Some unnoticed thing that came to my mind when watching Sreesanth was the beamer he bowled at Peiterson.
Well..rather than taking the other routes to win the selectors confidence in him,it would be better for him to show his aggresion with the ball,before the BCCI becomes aware about his real attitude.Beware Sreesanth->"A short cut cut shorts your career"