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When Sree wasn't 'santh'

cricket Updated: Oct 03, 2007 23:58 IST
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According to Sreesanth, there are two sides to him. One is Gopu, the affable character as seen by family and friends. And the other is the eccentric, unruly Sreesanth.

In the Johannesburg Test which India won, Sreesanth mocked Hashim Amla after getting him out and was fined a third of his match fee.

In the same Test, he reacted to Andre Nel’s sledging — “You are a bunny man and I will get you next ball” — by slogging the next ball for six and then starting a strange jig to mock the bowler. A Kodak moment, if there ever was one.

He was fined half his fee after shouldering Michael Vaughan in the Trent Bridge Test. In the same game, he bowled a huge front-foot no-ball to Paul Collingwood and a beamer to Kevin Peitersen, who admitted to have feared for his life as he saw the ball coming at his face.

His on-field behaviour might be ungodly at times, but by Sreesanth’s own admission, he writes letters to God before matches. Sample his statement in England: “I did write a letter to God before the fourth day of the Test. I wrote in that, 'Tomorrow I will win the Test match for my country. I will be the one, God please help me.’ But it didn’t go that way. Maybe I didn’t write my name in the end and God thought it came from Zaheer bhai".