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V FOr Victory Sreesanth in New Delhi
V FOr Victory Sreesanth in New Delhi

Sreesanth, who was in town recently to receive an award from Luminous, hopes to continue his good work against Springboks

The dancing boy of Indian cricket Sreesanth is trying to keep his feet on the ground after the triumphant Australian tour. Promising to use the lessons of the controversial tour in the South African series just begun, Sreesanth says, “I am trying to keep my basics right. I am concentrating more on my line and length and sticking to my strengths”. He is quite clearly not affected by the emergence of Ishant Sharma as the new speed king in the Indian team.

Speaking on the sidelines of ‘Ghar Ka Chirag’ award by Luminous, Sreesanth is not happy if people question his economy rate, arguing he was not the only bowler to get the stick in Australia. “I was not the only bowler to be thrashed, even Brett Lee was not spared but I took wickets at crucial junctures.” For all the runs he leaked on the field and the attention he got for his gimmicks and off the field remarks, the tour was nothing short of a miracle for the Kerala speedster, laid low earlier in the season due to a shoulder injury. “I opted for the Ayurvedic treatment. It took only 21 days for me to recover, while a shoulder surgery would have kept me out of the game for six months”.

Priyanka only a friend

One of the upcoming stars of Indian cricket Sreesanth was in great demand at the Luminous function in New Delhi. At least 25 mikes were thrust into his face as the media sought to know about his friendship with Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra, with whom he is doing an advertisement campaign. “It is the Bollywood heroines who are running after the cricketers, not the other way round. You will find film stars in cricket stadiums but not cricketers at film shootings. As far as Priyanka is concerned we are just friends and we met for the shooting of a commercial.” How does he look up to the South Africa series? “I am confident we will do well. Beating Australia in Australia was a big tonic. We can derive strength from that victory.”

Calling youngsters

In the presence of Sreesanth, Luminous Power Technologies announced a scholarship programme of Rs. five lakhs for the exceptionally talented kids in the fields of sports, academics, art and culture, social work and bravery who don’t have the resources to exploit their talent. Any Indian national below the age of 21 years can apply for it. The entry forms will be available at all Luminous dealers and schools.

S.M. AAMIR

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