February 24, 2011

World Cup 2011

Sreesanth knocks two over

Sriram Veera

Trouble shadows Sreesanth everywhere. It didn’t leave him even during the nets session at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore. Sreesanth, who has perhaps lost his place in the playing XI after a poor show in the game against Bangladesh, steamed in during nets to impress and regain a bit of confidence. Facing him was Yuvraj Singh, who himself is on trial to regain his batting form. It happened then. Suddenly, Sreesanth erred at release and slipped a pacy beamer in. Yuvraj tried to sway out of line of fire but couldn’t. It’s not sure whether the ball hit his helmet, as he used his hand as a face shield and toppled over on his back. Yuvraj was seen showing his wrist to the physio and didn’t bat again. The injury didn’t seem serious and he shared some light banter with Sreesanth before walking away.

More drama (fun?) was to follow Sreesanth, who now began to bat. He leaned into a crisp drive but wasn’t allowed to savour the delightful shot as another man went down. Eric Simmons, the bowling coach, had strayed into the area where Sreesanth was batting to pick up a ball and was struck on the wrist by the drive. Again, luckily, it wasn’t serious.

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