Monday, April 21, 2014

639. Sreesanth - The greatest Outswing Bowler India ever had.

India has produced some great out-swing bowlers. Kapil Dev was known for his brilliant outswingers with the old ball. Zaheer Khan still packs a lot of punch. Buvanesh Kumar can swing the ball both ways. His Inswingers are more popular than his outswingers. Irfan Pathan had a peach of an outswinger when he started his career. Then slowly he became an ordinary bowler. Ashish Nehra showed to the world in the match against England in the 2003 world cup that he is a great outswing bowler too. I can never forget those great deliveries he bowled to single handedly maul the English batsmen. This post is about none of them. This post is dedicated to the bad boy of India Cricket Sreesanth.

Sreesanth who has now got a tainted image is the best outswing bowler India has ever produced. His economy as a bowler does not in any way showcase the talent that he had. It is such a shame that a man with such a magic arm has wasted his life succumbing to little pleasures in life. There are many culprits around; but the manner in which he alone is branded as a notorious character is something that is unacceptable. But that's the irony of life. This is one guy everyone made fun of (that includes me).

Sreesanth has always been labelled as a boy who never had a control of his emotions. His antics at times irritate a lot of us. But undeniably he single handedly sledged team Australia more than once and gave them a taste of their own medicine. Hayden, Ponting, Symonds had been on receiving ends more than once.

Every Indian lauded him when he smashed Andre Nel for a six and danced down the pitch with the booty shake. I am in no ways supporting Sreesanth's actions. He did a big mistake and he is going through the punishment. But he is not alone in the betting and spot fixing scenario. There are many involved in this and unless and until they are proven guilty they will all have a halo around their heads.

My favourite Sreesanth moment would be the manner in which he dismissed Hayden and Gilchrist in the Semifinals of the T20 world cup in 2007. Yuvraj was brilliant with the bat in that match. But when the Aussie guys were going ballistic in their run chase, it was Sreesanth who put the brakes on them.

Now a days when they show highlights of that match on TV, they do not even show the two dismissals. By doing so, Is BCCI thinking that they are being fair? I am not saying that he should be given a chance again. Enough chances have been given to him and he has failed big time on many occasions; but as a bowler, even though he concedes lot of runs and is never consistent, he still possesses the greatest outswinger by any Indian bowler. 


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