I really miss cricket: S Sreesanth

  • Anirban Das, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Nov 13, 2014 15:16 IST

Earlier this year, there were rumours that banned former Indian pace bowler S Sreesanth has been approached for a reality TV show. He denies any such news, but says, instead, that his focus is on films. Against severe odds, he also hopes to be able to return to cricket.

You did a TV dance show in the past. Recently, there were rumours that you were approached for a reality show. Is TV something you’re considering?
I’m not interested in TV; I want to do films. I’m already preparing to do a Telugu movie. I might also do a Tamil film. If everything falls into place, acting might be a whole new avenue for me.

Since acting is not your original calling, what kind of preparation are you doing for it?
I believe in giving my best to whatever I do. I’ve started diction classes; I’m learning the art of dialogue delivery in front of the camera. Before I got into it, I never thought acting could be so tough.

Is the plan to try and do Hindi films eventually?
I’d love to work with the best film-makers in Bollywood, but I’m not in a hurry. Then again, you never know where your life leads you. Having said that, I’ll always be an athlete first, and my interest will always lie in cricket.

On a temperamental level, how did you deal with the spot-fixing allegation and the ban from playing cricket?
I could have gone mad, but I stayed strong. My family and a few friends have been of great support. I am trying to forget that phase, but it is not easy. I wish no one else goes through what I have been through.

Do you hope to someday be able to play for the national side again?
I really miss cricket. And I have kept up my practise sessions. I hope I can at least play first class or club cricket in the future.

Your on-field behaviour has been cricitised in the past. Are you calmer as a person now?
Since I made my comeback in 2009, I don’t think I have done anything extraordinary. During my stint in county cricket (for Warwickshire, again in 2009), Alan Donald really helped me focus more on the game. Also, whatever I did on-field in the past is because of my obsession with cricket. People called it aggression, I call it passion.

People with controversial lives often make for interesting biopics. Would you be open to the idea of one on you?
Honestly, I don’t want to be involved in any more controversies, so I wouldn’t want a biopic.

You are the brand ambassador of the Ahmedabad cricket team for an upcoming celebrity cricket tournament. It must be refreshing for you to associate with the sport at some level.
It’s a great concept. All the TV stars are playing, and it will be a great mix of sport and entertainment. I will try to help the players, not as a professional, but more as a friend. Some of the actors are really good players.

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