IPL news April 12, 2011

Jayawardene backs aggressive Sreesanth

ESPNcricinfo staff

There have been far worse characters in international cricket compared to Sreesanth, who needs his much-criticised aggression to perform as a fast bowler, according to Mahela Jayawardene, captain of Kochi Tuskers Kerala in the IPL. Jayawardene said the franchise did not want to curb his aggression as that could affect his performance.

"We want him to be aggressive. I think that's what he is all about. You need characters like him. You had much worse characters in international cricket in the last 20 years and I don't think Sree is that harmful to the game," Jayawardene said. "But I think if we can control him, we can have ourselves a very successful bowler for Kochi as well as for India."

Sreesanth has had repeated run-ins with match officials for his inability to control his behaviour on the field, but Jayawardene said the fast bowler was at his best when he could channelise his hostility. "I think you need to identify the individuals. Sree performs well in that manner. You take that from him and he might not do well. He's a very aggressive bowler but I have noticed he has toned down in the last one year. That's why he got to be a part of India's World Cup squad."

It is nice to have characters like Sreesanth in the dressing room, Jayawardene said. "Brilliant to have him; he just needs to reduce the volume on his i-Pod as well as the speakers. With him and Murali around, nothing can go wrong for us."

Kochi lost their opening IPL game to Royal Challengers Bangalore but the match was close until AB de Villiers' assault in the 18th over of Bangalore's chase, which went for 20 runs. Jayawardene said that he had thought the first game for the new franchise would prove to be much tougher than it turned out to be. "We have been bonding very well. We had a great last outing. I thought there would be many hiccups in our first game, that didn't happen. Everyone is identifying their roles and that is great."

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  • Dummy4 on April 13, 2011, 17:19 GMT

    Do you really think tht Jaywardene can do anything else than back him. Jaywardene is doing nothing but playing safe. There is nothing he can with this lad. I mean no one ever has been able to. Right said Dhoni. It's only Sreesanth that can help him. And I am happy that they have a kochi team where he will end up for coming few years because they also just can't leave him until he becomes another Ganguly. So people wait for sometime and seee the same Jayawardene change his stance towards him. Not on the skipper but I guess it's not that far when Kochi team drops him. But I am happy he's got no other team to ruin.

  • Dummy4 on April 13, 2011, 16:49 GMT

    Indian selectors should give chances for new bowlers like Australian team.

  • Bharat on April 13, 2011, 16:22 GMT

    In IPL even a 10 year old can hit a century with a strike rate of 100+

  • Dummy4 on April 13, 2011, 16:20 GMT

    Good to see Mahela backing Sreesanth - he has the potential to be one of the all time great bowlers. When people turn on him, they forget the behavior of folks like McGrath and Allan Donald. Why was it ok for them to behave the way they did?

  • sehwag on April 13, 2011, 16:15 GMT

    Dhoni needs to learn from Jayawardene regarding publicly backing teammates

  • Dummy4 on April 13, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    Worst bowler if he needs tat much aggression beside performance,he should not be allowed to play

  • Shanthi on April 13, 2011, 14:29 GMT

    Liked the way Mahela has backed Sree.. even i believe the same... he is a good bowler with great aggression... just need to focus.... Im a big fan of him...

  • Dummy4 on April 13, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    Sreeshanth is one and only idiot in indian cricket. If one carefully observe the quality of indian cricketers represented over the years one could easily find the answer. Indian cricketers has always represented with great pride and sportsmanship in this gentleman game by winning applause even from opposition, for instance the way kumble dealt with Aussie in the most controversial test few years ago is a pure example of aggression combined with sportsmanship. sreeshanth is totally ineligibile to represent India, he neither got the talent nor temperment to perform in the pressuresome situations.

  • Dummy4 on April 13, 2011, 8:08 GMT

    Sreesanth has the potential to become one of the best bowlers in the world right now.He just needs to focus on the game and channel his aggression towards performing and silencing his critics rather than showing off.At the moment the opposition is targetting him.Once you get under his skin then he is like a loose cannon.He cannot control himself.As many experts have said his seam postion is great.He has got a very natural action.If does not focus properly and if he does not stay away from injury he may end up loosing that action.Once you loose it then it's very hard to get back the rythm.Something irfan Pathan is now struggling with.

  • gopal on April 13, 2011, 7:35 GMT

    he was in India's world cup team due to 2 reasons. 1. Praveen Kumar's injury 2. India's inability to produce good fast bowlers with a good head!

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