Sreesanth has stoked up another controversy and this time it has set him back by about $1,350 or 10 per cent of his match fee. He indulged in the expensive misconduct by kicking the boundary ropes in frustration after the umpire had turned down two of his lbw appeals in an over during South Africa's second innings of the third and final Test against India.
The batsman who survived the shouts was Jacques Kallis who went on to notch up a tenacious 109 not out and thus boost South Africa's second innings total to a formidable 341.
Sreesanth was reprimanded by the match referee after the latter was notified by umpires Ian Gould and Simon Taufel of the bowler's behaviour, at the end of the fourth day's play. Sreesanth's unsavoury gesture constituted a Level 1 offence of the ICC Code of Conduct which relates to "abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings".
Sreesanth decided not to contest the charges and accepted the penalty without question, therefore negating the need for a hearing.
Both the deliveries that Sreesanth thought had got him Kallis' wicket, were very doubtful. The
first ball rapped Kallis in front, but too high on the pads, while the second also struck Kallis on the pads, but was clearly missing off-stump.
After taking five wickets in South Africa's innings, Sreesanth was no doubt disappointed that he had a barren second spell, picking up no wicket for 79 runs from his 24 overs.