Gilly takes a dig at 'boorish' Sreesanth

Published: Wednesday, October 3, 2007, 12:42 [IST]
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New Delhi: Australian vice-captain Adam Gilchrist on Tuesday criticised the behaviour of some players during the second one-day international win over India.

Australia overcame injury woes and displayed all round strength to win by 84 runs and take a 1-0 lead after the first game in the seven-match series was abandoned due to rain.

However, the match was marred by verbal exchanges between players, with temperamental Indian paceman Shanthakumaran Sreesanth once again in the spotlight.

"I saw some really hard fought cricket," Gilchrist told a news conference. "There were some comments between different players and that happens.

"I also saw a few things that I wouldn't expect from my son Harrison in a backyard game of cricket.

"There is no doubt the way Sreesanth wants to play cricket. When we get our chance, we'll play aggressive cricket too."

Sreesanth clashed with Andrew Symonds and Brad Haddin, joint top scorers with 87, as they dominated the bowling.

Harbhajan Singh and Michael Clarke also appeared to become involved in an exchange later when the Indian spinner was steered away by senior team mate Rahul Dravid.

Sreesanth has been fined a few times in the last year, the latest for excessive appealing during the semi-final win over Australia at last month's Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa.

Indian skipper Mahendra Dhoni played down the behaviour of Sreesanth.

"Sreesanth was heated up but he's changed over the last six months," he said. "He was playing in front of his home crowd and got excited."

Gilchrist was delighted with the win after the washout.

"In two games in a row, we've responded and rebounded really well," he said. "The guys gave our bowlers something to defend, and I thought they executed really well."

Haddin, who was named man of the match for his 69-ball 87, was less diplomatic.

"There is a fine line between stupidity and the spirit of cricket," Haddin said, referring to Sreesanth's run-out appeal against Symonds.

"You can judge for yourself."

The Indian captain chose to play down his fast bowler's behaviour.

"Sreesanth was heated up but he has changed over the last six months," Dhoni said. "He was playing in front of his home crowd and got excited."

With the first match in Bangalore abandoned due to rain, Australia lead 1-0 in what has effectively become a six-match series.

The next match will be played in Hyderabad on Friday.

Media derides Sreesanth's antics: India's media condemned fast bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth's on-field tantrums, saying there was a "thin line between aggression and antics."

Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni prevented the situation from turning ugly by persuading Sreesanth to get on with the game, but the local media was unimpressed.

"Sreesanth's on-field behaviour made little sense," wrote the Hindu newspaper.

"There was little excuse for Sreesanth's exaggerated and provocative celebration when he, subsequently, had Symonds caught and bowled.

"He has (in the past) had his match-fees docked, been spoken to by umpires, but he does not seem to have learnt his lesson.

"He is so much the better paceman when his mind and body are in harmony. Once Sreesanth loses his cool, he is not the same force as a bowler," added the Hindu report.


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