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I will not do anything silly, assures Sreesanth

Published: Friday, December 22, 2006, 23:53 [IST]

New Delhi:Admitting his unbridled war dance at Wanderers could have invited more trouble, sprightly Team India pacer S Sreesanth assured he won't do anything silly which could cost him a match.

Abused by Andre Nel in the first Test, Sreesanth hoicked the South African pacer for a maximum and could not help breaking into a war dance with wild swirl of the bat, combined with vigorous pelvic thrusts.

Though that particular incident didn't contribute to his trouble, Sreesanth was fined 30 per cent match fee for running towards Hashim Amla after removing the batsman and wearing a branded garment under the playing shirt, which violated ICC Logo Policy.

Recalling his tit-for-tat respond to Nel's abuse, Sreesanth seemed wise after the incident and told Outlook magazine, ''I know that if I do something similar again, I could miss a game. It is my duty that I do not do anything stupid.'' Sreesanth recalled he had enough provocations which prompted him to burst into the weird antics.

''As soon as I walked in to bat, Nel said ' I can smell blood,I can smell blood.' Then after beating me, he said 'You don't have the fire man. You should have a big heart to play. You are like a bunny to me'. He turned back and said it again 'You are a bunny, man and I will get you next ball'.

''Nel (then) changed the field, moving the short leg fielder to deep square leg and telling (wicketkeeper) Mark Boucher that he would bounce at me. I am a fast bowler and was sure that he would bowl a length ball. I just took my chance and stepped out to connect the ball. I guess I just could not control myself when I saw the ball soar over the boundary,'' Sreesanth reminisced.

The 23-year-old Kerala bowler said he was an aggressive player right from the beginning.

''It was tough when we moved from our village to Ernakulam. All my friends and cousins were older than me. I played a lot of tennis ball cricket when I was young. That's where I improved.

''If you ask my dad, he would tell you that even in the under-13 matches, I was aggressive. I was very short, at 4'8'' or 4'10'' and if I wanted to make a point to the batsman, I had to be aggressive.

It just came and I carried it through. I was lucky no one really stopped it,'' he explained.

Sreesanth belives he has matured a lot in the last one year.

''My thinking on how to get a batsman out or how to prepare for matches has changed a great deal. When I first came in the side, I used to to look at the newspapers and TV channels. Now I just read and watch with cursory interest.

''When I go to bed, I just tell myself 'Okay Sree, you have done your best for the day. It was a good day and I got to work hard,'' he added.

UNI

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