Sreesanth has 'it'. He carries it, wears it and flaunts it. It was this attitude that touched the young bowlers who were competing in the finals of the Gatorade Pacers 2008 in New Delhi on Tuesday.
The Kerala pace bowler, wearing a white jacket and a red woollen cap to beat the Delhi cold, was mobbed by the 18 finalists and Sreesanth obliged, giving them tips.
Sreesanth took some time off to speak to Hindustan Times.
Following are the excerpts:
What brings you here?
The young bowlers and (TA) Sekar sir (of the MRF Pace Foundation)… I owe a lot to him. He asked me to come to Delhi so I am here.
How do you feel being recalled to the ODI side for the tri-series in Australia?
Playing for India always feels great. I am just waiting for the new ball. Anil (Kumble) bhai gave me my first Test cap in Nagpur and I owe my ODI cap to Sachin Tendulkar. They are the two seniors whom I really admire. It has been a nice journey.
How are you preparing for the tour? What were you doing when you were laid low by injury?
I am all set for the tour. During my injury lay-off, I was undergoing ayurvedic treatment and doing yoga and meditation apart from my regular practice.
What is you take on the turn of events in Australia? How much has it affected you?
I am not at all aware of what happened. I am not trying to be diplomatic but seriously, I really don't know what actually happened. I don't read the newspapers. I was busy with my practice.
A lot of Indian pacers are doing well Down Under. Are they a threat to you?
It's good that our bowlers are doing well in Australia. As long as we're winning, it's good. Ishant Sharma, for instance, can be termed as the 'find' of the series. He has been a revelation. As far as feeling threatened is concerned, there's no competition. I only compete with myself. I always try to improve upon my previous performance.
Some seniors have been left out of the ODI squad….
It's a selectors' decision. I don't have anything to say on this.
You are a character on the field...
Oh really? Thanks.
You are the most aggressive player on the field. What makes you so?
It's natural. It's not like Sreesanth tries to be aggressive. Sreesanth is Sreesanth even if he is aggressive.
One thing you admire most about the Aussies.
They don't care about who they are playing against. They just play.
India lost the last time Australia toured the country….
They beat us at home. We'll beat them in their home.