Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Sreesanth no 'santh'
Siddhima has asked me to write about what do I think or make of the pacer Sreesanth's attitude on the field. We have seen the impulsive bowler in full action since his first (or was that the second) match. Be it the jig on the field or the stare or the sweet nothings he was mouthing at Symonds. But that's the way he plays the game. I read some place he saying something to the effect, please do not ask me to behave, I won't be able to play.
I think we are a Nehru-Gandhi clan, where at the end of the day we want our opponents to say 'oh they are the most fair and lovely people' and laugh away in their dressing rooms to how they beat us with mean mental games. The game requires aggression for that matter any sport. Just need to make sure we do not repeat a Zidane and loose focus on the game. We have been rubbed the wrong way by the mighty England and Australians. Aussies are known for their intimidating mannerism on the field. I might as well have a Sreesanth there who can look them in their eye, challenge them, get their wicket and then rub the salt in the wound with a jig. I personally love a Yuvaraj or Sachin(in his hay days) style, who silently would take the bowler to task and have him sweating over a mean guesture but again that does not work everyday. So I surely don't mind a Sreesanth there now. As long as he gets us the crucial wickets I am all game to watch all his jigs.
I think very well of Gandhigiri, don't get me wrong, but in a Twenty20 or a ODI, we do not have enough time to offend them with kind guestures, might as well just make it obvious.