Sreesanth says Smith has charged him up

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Published: Monday, January 3, 2011, 17:13 [IST]
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Sreesanth says Smith has charged him up

Controversy-spawning Indian speedster S Sreesanth has thanked South African captain Graeme Smith for firing up his tour of South Africa.

Sreesanth and Smith had exchanged sharp words during the second Test in Durban. Shortly after the incident, Sreesanth dismissed Smith, who played a loose shot at a crucial stage.

The fast bowler claimed he was not dwelling on the clash with Smith when he opened the bowling in the third Test at Newlands on Sunday.

"I don't look at the past. I look at right now," he said.

But when hounded further, an unapologetic Sreesanth said: "Thanks to Smith. He woke me up in the series. I was very quiet, so thanks to him for speaking to me. I was very happy bowling a short one and getting his wicket. He told me I am not good enough. I told him, 'I think I am good enough to get you out'."

Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said at his pre-match conference on Saturday that Sreesanth sometimes crossed the line of acceptable behaviour and needed to be kept in check.

"He said that yesterday?" asked Sreesanth. "He didn't say anything to me today (Sunday)."

South African batsman Hashim Amla, who was one of Sreesanth's two victims on Sunday, was asked whether he replied to Sreesnath's send off.

"There weren't any words exchanged," said Amla. "I didn't say anything back."

It seems a little bit of animosity and hostility is all that Sreesanth needs to get charged up and return to his wicket-taking ways. But hopefully, ehwas just allow his upright seam do all the talking now.


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