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Dhoni reads the riot act to Sreesanth

cricket Updated: Feb 17, 2011 15:23 IST

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The only people that S Sreesanth should "irritate" on the cricket field are the opposition players, says Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni as he once again advised the temperamental pacer to remain within "boundaries".

"I am very specific to him and told him that he should not cross a few boundaries. It is better that you do not cross those boundaries. If you want to irritate someone that should be the opposition and not your side," Dhoni said of the Kerala bowler, who has a reputation of losing his cool and coming up with animated gestures in the heat of the moment.

Dhoni said he has no issues with Sreesanth's behaviour as long as he keeps the aggression within limits.

"Till he does both these things, I am really happy to let him do whatever he wants to do," he said.

Sreesanth was at his usual aggressive self in the two pre-World Cup warm-up matches that India won and he hit the headlines by getting into an argument with Australian skipper Ricky Ponting during one of the games.

However, in the second warm-up match against New Zealand, Dhoni said he was satisfied with the way the pacer conducted himself.

"I do not think there was much. I must say that bit of chit chat is always fine. It does not mean that whenever we play cricket such things does not happen," Dhoni said.

"As I said, there are certain boundaries that you should not get too personal with a player. If these guidelines are followed I am quite happy with it. More often than not it is the batsman and Sreesanth who knows exactly what is going on," he explained.