Mumbai, April 2: He has had an inauspicious World Cup 2011. He only played in 2 out of his side's 9 matches in the tournament and struggled for impact, going wicketless for a cumulative of 105 runs in 13 overs at an economy rate of 8.55. But Indian fast bowler S Sreesanth must bring something special and inexplicable to the table whenever he does play for Indian on the biggest stage of the game.
After all, in 2007-2008, he was also part of the famous final against Pakistan in the World Twenty20 in South Africa. Even in that tournament he didn't make much of an impression, ensnaring 6 wickets from the 7 matches, at an average of 30.50 and an economy rate of 7.95. He ended up the just the 24th highest wicket-taker from a list of 40 in the event.
But he was PART of the final. Similarly in this 50-over World Cup as well, he was entrusted with the new ball and though he initially showed signs of promise, he made a hash of the task as the opponents' innings progressed. Thus he wound up bowling a barren and expensive spell of 0/52 in 8 overs.
However, from the 2007 T20 World Cup, he is just one of five Indian players from that tournament who was in the playing XI for the World Cup 2011 final as well, the others being Gautam Gambhir, Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh and of course captain M S Dhoni. So he must be India's ace in the pack, the typified joker, the mystical X factor or to out it plainly - India's very own "lucky charm". At least, that it was what former Indian captain and present commentator Sunil Gavaskar had to say.