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'Will celebrate when India lift the Cup'

A broad smile and a sigh of relief was all that Sreesanth's parents could muster when news of the speedster making it to the Indian World Cup squad began to flash on local television channel on Tuesday afternoon. Abhijeet Kulkarni reports.

cricket Updated: Feb 09, 2011 00:53 IST
Abhijeet Kulkarni
Abhijeet Kulkarni
Hindustan Times
Abhijeet Kulkarni

A broad smile and a sigh of relief was all that Sreesanth's parents could muster when news of the speedster making it to the Indian World Cup squad began to flash on local television channel on Tuesday afternoon.

The entire family, including Sreesanth's paternal and maternal relatives, had spent a tense morning after a national news channel reported that the team management was having second thoughts on selecting the Kerala speedster in the squad to replace the injured Praveen Kumar. "We were expecting to get the good news this morning. But then a channel started running a story that nothing was finalised and that Ishant (Sharma) and (R) Vinay Kumar were also in the running," said Sreesanth's mother Savithri Devi.

The quaint neighbourhood here was abuzz with activity soon after with local television channels lining up for reactions of the family members. "It is a very proud moment for us and all of Kerala," said Savithri. "It is god's grace that Sreesanth has got an opportunity to play for India in front of the home crowd in the World Cup and we hope that he will live up to the expectation," she added before heading to the St. Anthony's church, which Sreesanth visits himself every Tuesday.

But when asked about celebrating the occasion, Sreesanth's father, Santhakumaran Nair was quick to point out that any celebrations will have to wait till the end of the World Cup. "Even he will like us to celebrate only if he helps India win the World Cup," he said.