Sreesanth wore a pretty harried look when he returned from the hearing in Ahmedabad on Saturday noon. And all he told the waiting media was the he had put everything behind him and had all his focus on cricket.
“Look, I have been travelling a lot and I am not even feeling too well, but I am pretty focussed on the game and hopefully I will do well today,” he said. Notwithstanding his optimism, it didn't look certain that he would actually take the field, given the travelling and the fact that he wasn’t completely fit. He is reportedly slightly down with flu after the Bangalore match.
But he did turn out for the game and proved that what he said in the afternoon wasn’t just for effect; the bowler came out firing on all cylinders, and gave his team early breaks, removing both the openers in his first two overs.
He in fact turned in the best figures for the Mohali side even as rest of the bowlers were clobbered by Chennai batsmen, proving that he had actually buried the incident in the past.
He has in fact been bowling much better after the slapping incident during the Mumbai match on April 25. Before that match, he had been clobbered for runs against Chennai and Jaipur, but thereafter, except for the match immediately after the incident against Delhi on May 27, he has been improving by leaps and bounds with every match.
And, more importantly, he has been doing it without indulging into his shows of aggression and antics. “I am just not thinking about all this and I am bowling the way I had been, I am just focussing on hitting the right areas,” he said, refusing to accept that he has mellowed down.
But one can see for himself the difference in his mannerism and how it has apparently helped his bowling.