First Test wicket was a planned one: Sreesanth

Published: Thursday, March 2, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Nagpur:Young Indian speedster S Sreesanth today said he treated his debut match as just an ordinary one and did not let nervousness get to him.

Sreesanth, the second player from Kerala to don national colours after Tinu Yohannan, was speaking to reporters after the first day's play of the first Test against England where he took the two important wickets of Andrew Strauss and Kevin Pietersen to give India the upper hand.

On his first Test wicket, Sreesanth said Strauss' dismissal was planned by taking out the third slip and moving the second slip slightly wider. The ploy worked and Strauss slashed at the ball outside the off stump, which went flying to the left of Laxman at second slip and the Hyderabadi took a great catch.

The 23-year-old pacer also said it felt good to play his first ODI and first Test at the same ground and opened the bowling from the same end.

''I owe a lot to this ground,'' he said Talking about the support and advice from his seniors, Sreesanth said it was not just the seniors like Sachin and Rahul Dravid who had words of encouragement, but even Suresh Raina and R P Singh came up and encouraged me when they came onto field for some time substituting for a player.

''I should say that I got support from Team India and not just from any particular player.'' On his mannerisms and pumping of fist while walking back to his mark, he said he did that to give boost and tell himself to believe in his own ability.

''I also keep telling myself that you are the best and you can do it,'' he added.

Sreesanth also said the most important thing he has learnt so far in his short international career is never to be in a comfort zone.

''I have learnt to be persistent and honest and be dedicated and hardworking in whatever I do,'' the youngster said.

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