Aggressive Sree needs fine tuning!

Published: Saturday, August 4, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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Aggressive Sree needs fine tuning!

It happened last year against South Africa when Hashim Amla was on the other end when he gave away 30 per cent of his match fee for showing disrespect to the batsman after dismissing him. It happened again for getting physical with the batsman and fined 50 per cent match fee. What's that he thinks about himself? Is he Fred Trueman, Dennis Lillee or Glenn McGrath? Sreesanth does not need to be either of them, because there are far better examples in bowling world to emulate than these foul-mouthed, self-aggrandized characters, to express aggression as well as sportsmanship on and off the field.

If you want to emulate someone, then emulate Dravid. He is the one who has all that characteristics to be emulated. Isn't he aggressive? Doesn't he win matches for India? Does he leave his opponents with the chances? He does all of that but still holds a respect and dignity-which makes big players. As we all know, winning matches is not about abusing opponents.

It doesn't mean he should not show aggression or flamboyancy. All he needs to do is channel the aggression and passion positively. You cannot show your aggression to the bowlers by sitting in the pavilion which does not look too distant after Sree's recent incidents of misdemeanor. Probably next time he might be banned from playing one or two matches which would not be good for his country or for himself.

Aggression is OK but do it with the ball, and may be a couple of stares at batsmen as Wasim,Walsh or Marshall did it? Focusing on your basics is the first and foremost thing one should keep in mind; else people will not be bothered by your self-boosting exhibitions resulting in self-embarrassing situations instead. This showmanship was all started by Muhammad Ali when he intimidated his opponents with verbal volleys before the bouts. But his pre-fight gimmicks were overshadowed by his brutal punches and upper cuts in the rings. And above all his insatiable thirst to win. You can never be measured by your words but by your deeds.

McGrath started this psychological warfare- bunny business. He started targeting particular players from rival camp which yielded results too. He dismissed Laras, Athertons, Tendulkars, Vaughans, Dravids and Kalliss at his will.

Indians must be very happy to sreesanth's aggression albeit a controlled one. Fast bowling is all about aggression. Robin Singh, Prasad, Dravid and other senior pros needs to talk to him that let your skills do the trick for you then your piffle.

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