Thankfully, controversial fast bowler S Sreesanth has stopped tweeting on ‘slapgate’. His international career was already in the doldrums and after reopening the can of spice last week, he has virtually crushed his chances of wearing that India cap again. What will be most damaging is the loss of respect — whatever little he had — from his teammates.
However, as the cliché goes, cricket is a game of glorious uncertainties and passionate sportspersons never say never. There is still hope for Sreesanth if he just focuses on his bowling and nothing else. The Keral fast bowler has the capacity to work hard on his bowling as well as physical fitness. Therein lies his window of opportunity.
But, performance leads to wondrous and impossible situations. If Sreesanth runs through opposition teams, the selectors would have to pick him for South Africa. Unless Sandeep Patil & Co do what the England bosses did with John Snow before the 1974-75 Ashes in Australia. Although past his prime, Snow was still a capable fast bowler then, but he didn’t make the tour because the men who ran English cricket believed no one — including captain Mike Denness — would be able to handle the temperamental Snow on and off the field.
From here on, he should just put his head down and bowl. He proved what he can do in Sunday’s IPL match against Kings XI Punjab, a performance which won a comment from his captain Rahul Dravid at the post match conference. Sreesanth will do well to make Dravid, his former India captain, his mentor. The gentleman cricketer is probably Sreesanth’s last hope.
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