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Defiant Sreesanth wants to bowl at 150 kmph

Published: Thursday, May 4, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Bangalore:Young pace bowler Sreesanth is not concerned of the too-much cricket debate and instead wants to concentrate on bowling at 150 kmph and keeping his rhythm going.

''I don't feel any pressure, I love to play cricket any time and I don't feel it is too much,'' said the 23-year-old energetic bowler who was here for a private visit as brand ambassador of a Cochin-based construction company.

''I want to keep on improving my speed. However, I don't say that I want to be the fastest bowler. I just want to keep my rhythm alive and may achieve 150 km per hour, God willing.'' Sreesanth currently bowls around 145 kmph. ''I am just trying to keep my rhythm right and I am sure on a good day, I may touch the right speed,'' he said.

He said he had a great run in the last two months. ''I am very lucky to be part of the Indian team and am grateful to the BCCI for giving an opportunity at the right time to a right person.'' Sreesanth, who would be joining the MRF Foundation from tomorrow, said ''I am basically working on improving my strength and doing a lot of running. I have not really bowled after last match and in the Foundation, I have to concentrate more on maintaining my rhythm.''

Asked about his preparations for the coming West Indies tour, the Kerala bowler said, ''I am really looking forward to playing in the Caribbean as it is my dream to play in the West Indies, Australia and England. I am looking forward to the next match and next ball I bowl. I am working more on fast bowling and playing in West Indies will really help in further improving my performance.'' He, however, said he had not put in any special or extra effort to improve his performance for the coming series.

''I will take it as it comes. I will push in as it comes,'' he added.

On Pakistan captain Inzamaam-ul Haq complimenting him for his performance, Sreesanth said, ''Haq praising is a great pleasure. It is really a great honour, it encourages me to work harder. It is great to know that a Pakistan captain is praising an Indian player.'' Asked about his best moment in his career so far, he said it was when master blaster Sachin Tendulkar presented him the Indian cap at Nagpur.

On coach Greg Chappell and Team India captain Rahul Dravid, Sreesanth said they had told him to keep the basics right and ''start believing in yourself and stick to basics.''

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