South Africa v India, 3rd Test, Cape Town, 4th day January 5, 2011

Sreesanth fined for misbehaviour

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Sreesanth, the India fast bowler, has been fined 10% of his match fee for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during the fourth day's play at Newlands. Sreesanth pleaded guilty to committing a Level 1 offence, relating to "abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings."

Sreesanth kicked the boundary after two appeals in the same over were turned down by the umpire; the on-field umpires Simon Taufel and Ian Gould, the third umpire Brian Jerling and the fourth umpire Shaun George subsequently reported the matter to match referee Andy Pycroft. No hearing was required as Sreesanth accepted the decision and pleaded guilty.

It was a frustrating day for Sreesanth who went wicketless in his 24 overs while Jacques Kallis, Mark Boucher and the tail stepped up to overcome the loss of early wickets and put South Africa in control by stumps.

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  • jaymon on January 7, 2011, 6:42 GMT

    Sreesanth is not getting the privileges in Indian Cricket to stay in the team if he is not performing every time like other superstars who can stay in the team for as much they can till they perform. He is from Kerala and he has that pride to play heart out for India and to find his space in the team .I did not see any appreciation from Captain or any other so called gentlemen forthe super delivery he produced to dismiss Kallis. Only Sanjay Manjerakar appreciated that delivery and as he said that delivery should be shown to young fast bowlers in India to boost their confidence . Every time India win , praise will go to Zaheer Khan( admitting that he is our spearhead bowler) forgetting the 5 wicket haul from Sreesanth and other bowlers. Even Dhoni is surviving as captain and the highest paid ad.hero only because others are performing .As a captain, he cannot bring us luck by winning crucial tosses . Dhoni and others can sit,relax and earn,but this poor lad has to fight it out ,mates..

  • LazloWoodbine on January 7, 2011, 6:34 GMT

    Kind of off-topic but someone here mentioned that Sreesanth prays between each delivery, and my sister noticed that he kissed his crucifix a lot. Is he quite a religious chap?

  • Raj_pandian on January 6, 2011, 10:48 GMT

    Ponting should have been fined 100% for his behavior in the last test match.....

  • karzy977 on January 6, 2011, 10:35 GMT

    the first appeal was ok the second one was hopeless , but saying that some australians during their peak used to get some (only some )just by threating umpire in the name of appeal , maybe he is trying to be in that mould , i am just comparing their appeal style , not the bowllng class

  • balinaushad on January 6, 2011, 10:29 GMT

    come on ICC!!! I doubt about code of conduct's compliance when it comes to Ausie & africa. why this double standards ??? one has to pay for kicking boundry line and one does not have to pay for abuse & stopping the play against umpires decisions??? It's really a shame?????

  • crickeyt on January 6, 2011, 10:14 GMT

    In England in 2007, Zaheer came in to bat and found jelly beans scattered on the pitch. No English player was fined for that. With 15 cameras around the ground, the amazing official position was that no one knew who did it. So, disturbing a boundary rope in frustration is "abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings", but putting foreign objects ON THE PITCH with the intention to disturb the batsman is not. Hey, but I forgot there are one set of rules for Anglo-Australians (over-appealing is playing the game hard, sledging is just on-field chatter) and sub-continental types (over-appealing is rowdy behavior, sledging is personal abuse).

  • Y2SJ on January 6, 2011, 10:08 GMT

    Are the match referees referring to two set of books when it comes to Code Of Conduct. May be there are two different book.. ICC Code of Conduct for Asians, ICC Code of Conduct for Rest of the world.

  • biju on January 6, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    Firstly Kallis would have been given out for the second appeal since used the pads out side the off stump with out offering the shot. I think it was clearly personal and biased decision from Tuffnel and the fine was rediculously biased. There is no parity on the decision. Such umpires are not deserved to be standing in test cricket. This is shame for cricket.

  • vedanthy2 on January 6, 2011, 9:56 GMT

    Sreesanth has to behave.That is what is required for him and the team so that he performs to his best.He should know his tantrum blurs his focus.Who got penalised or not is not relevant,why invite trouble.If you are labelled once as a badboy it is all over.That label sticks out and a wee bit of error is under the magnifying glass. So Sreesanth you will do well to think of your family and reputation before throwing tantrums in full view of spectators.You are an Indian and you have certain uniqueness.So better grow up as some one has Kindly said here.

  • Usman_Hafeez on January 6, 2011, 9:52 GMT

    Why the hell Johan Botha was not fined during recent Pak-SA one day series when he couldn't grab the ball and missed a run-out and in frustration broke the stumps with his hand by punching.

    This shows clear biasness of ICC towards Indian and Pakistani players.

  • jaymon on January 7, 2011, 6:42 GMT

    Sreesanth is not getting the privileges in Indian Cricket to stay in the team if he is not performing every time like other superstars who can stay in the team for as much they can till they perform. He is from Kerala and he has that pride to play heart out for India and to find his space in the team .I did not see any appreciation from Captain or any other so called gentlemen forthe super delivery he produced to dismiss Kallis. Only Sanjay Manjerakar appreciated that delivery and as he said that delivery should be shown to young fast bowlers in India to boost their confidence . Every time India win , praise will go to Zaheer Khan( admitting that he is our spearhead bowler) forgetting the 5 wicket haul from Sreesanth and other bowlers. Even Dhoni is surviving as captain and the highest paid ad.hero only because others are performing .As a captain, he cannot bring us luck by winning crucial tosses . Dhoni and others can sit,relax and earn,but this poor lad has to fight it out ,mates..

  • LazloWoodbine on January 7, 2011, 6:34 GMT

    Kind of off-topic but someone here mentioned that Sreesanth prays between each delivery, and my sister noticed that he kissed his crucifix a lot. Is he quite a religious chap?

  • Raj_pandian on January 6, 2011, 10:48 GMT

    Ponting should have been fined 100% for his behavior in the last test match.....

  • karzy977 on January 6, 2011, 10:35 GMT

    the first appeal was ok the second one was hopeless , but saying that some australians during their peak used to get some (only some )just by threating umpire in the name of appeal , maybe he is trying to be in that mould , i am just comparing their appeal style , not the bowllng class

  • balinaushad on January 6, 2011, 10:29 GMT

    come on ICC!!! I doubt about code of conduct's compliance when it comes to Ausie & africa. why this double standards ??? one has to pay for kicking boundry line and one does not have to pay for abuse & stopping the play against umpires decisions??? It's really a shame?????

  • crickeyt on January 6, 2011, 10:14 GMT

    In England in 2007, Zaheer came in to bat and found jelly beans scattered on the pitch. No English player was fined for that. With 15 cameras around the ground, the amazing official position was that no one knew who did it. So, disturbing a boundary rope in frustration is "abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings", but putting foreign objects ON THE PITCH with the intention to disturb the batsman is not. Hey, but I forgot there are one set of rules for Anglo-Australians (over-appealing is playing the game hard, sledging is just on-field chatter) and sub-continental types (over-appealing is rowdy behavior, sledging is personal abuse).

  • Y2SJ on January 6, 2011, 10:08 GMT

    Are the match referees referring to two set of books when it comes to Code Of Conduct. May be there are two different book.. ICC Code of Conduct for Asians, ICC Code of Conduct for Rest of the world.

  • biju on January 6, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    Firstly Kallis would have been given out for the second appeal since used the pads out side the off stump with out offering the shot. I think it was clearly personal and biased decision from Tuffnel and the fine was rediculously biased. There is no parity on the decision. Such umpires are not deserved to be standing in test cricket. This is shame for cricket.

  • vedanthy2 on January 6, 2011, 9:56 GMT

    Sreesanth has to behave.That is what is required for him and the team so that he performs to his best.He should know his tantrum blurs his focus.Who got penalised or not is not relevant,why invite trouble.If you are labelled once as a badboy it is all over.That label sticks out and a wee bit of error is under the magnifying glass. So Sreesanth you will do well to think of your family and reputation before throwing tantrums in full view of spectators.You are an Indian and you have certain uniqueness.So better grow up as some one has Kindly said here.

  • Usman_Hafeez on January 6, 2011, 9:52 GMT

    Why the hell Johan Botha was not fined during recent Pak-SA one day series when he couldn't grab the ball and missed a run-out and in frustration broke the stumps with his hand by punching.

    This shows clear biasness of ICC towards Indian and Pakistani players.

  • sri1ram on January 6, 2011, 9:29 GMT

    Hmm.. Just to show double standards in their faces Asian teams (india, Slka, Pak, B'desh) players *and* captains need to exactly repeat the same actions as English/Ozzie team players/captains the very next day and get the usual harsher punishments. Remember Broad or Lilee, or Ponting or any of the other examples? This not only pushes the facts down the throats of the ICC bigwig white club but also gleans more protests from the public (who pay most of the ICC bills today) to spur the spineless Asian admins to immediate action.

  • Cricket_4_Blood on January 6, 2011, 9:15 GMT

    I've been telling since the start of the match that Sreesanth should be sent back to Kerala streets to do all his misbehaviours & he has no privilege to play at Int'l level . Like I commented before start of the SAF 2nd innings, Sreesant went wicketless, got frustrated & fined by the umpire where as I expected a life ban for him. Anyhow Sreesant's life ban is not too far & waiting to enjoy the moment seeing sreesant cry again.

  • Asif_Iqbal on January 6, 2011, 9:11 GMT

    Ponting also fined but I thnik if a fast bowler kick the boundry due to decline his appeal must be ignored as this a part of the game

  • Biggus on January 6, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    @thair9999-Actually Ponting was fined 50% of his match fee, five times (percentage wise) Sreesanth's punishment. Do please get your facts right. Incidentally, I'm Australian and I don't consider Ponting's punishment was enough but to insinuate that he got away with it it simply incorrect. Cheers.

  • LazloWoodbine on January 6, 2011, 8:50 GMT

    I think there are a couple of issues at play here. Firstly, Sreesanth has a reputation as something of a hot-head. That counts against you generally, especially when one takes his behaviour in the last match into account. Secondly, comparing it to Australia etc is to remove culpability of the player concerned. ALL forms of poor sportsmanship should be punished, I agree. Thirdly, to suggest that players disturb the boundary rope when fielding and that that is no different to what Sreesanth did here is daft. Sreesanth DELIBERATELY kicked the rope out of petulance. He is charged with "abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings." If a batsman hits the stumps in displeasure he'd get the same penalty, I'd suggest. Fourthly, Sreesanth is a role-model to youngsters who want to play for their country. Throwing a tantrum because it doesn't go your way by abusing property is hardly acceptable. As a footnote, I think Ponting was lucky to get off lightly.

  • HookeRandPulleR on January 6, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    Unfortunately for Sreesanth, as far as the ICC is concerned, the glass is always half empty due to his consistently overly aggressive behaviour. I like a bit of aggression on the field but he takes it too far and looks like he could draw a knife and stab you at any second.

  • rkannancrown on January 6, 2011, 7:49 GMT

    Once again, ICC shows its racist bias. Action against Sreesanth is okay but why is no action taken against white cricketers who do even worse ? BCCI needs to hang its head in shame that it bankrolls the world cricket & ICC but Indian cricketers are repeatedly targeted for irrelevant offences.

  • chelliah on January 6, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    Sreesanth's behaviour deserves the fullest punishment. He is a very poor example to up and coming cricketers. Your frustrations are best kept in the changing room.This game is a noble game played by gentlemen. You are definitely not welcome to be part of this party. I hope the Indian Board and the Management take issue with this deplorable behavior as seen during this Test.

  • www.Evilsod.com on January 6, 2011, 7:44 GMT

    The guy has been acting like an idiot. There is a major difference between aggression and the nonsense he has been throwing up. Upset about the umpiring decisions? Almost every single decision has gone Indias way this series! India have hardly been done in here!

    Isnt it amazing that the only country which does not want the third umpire to become involved happens to field a team that appeals for everything they can. Im so sick of Indians accusing the Aussies of cheating when excessive appealing is the same damn thing.

    Sree needs to grow up and India need start playing with a little humility. We had to put up with Aussie arrogance for the last 20 years, from the looks of it India is doing their best to take things from where they have left off.

  • M.Faheem on January 6, 2011, 7:41 GMT

    I totally agree with Skylight28 who pointed out an unbelievable disparity in ICC's treatment with players.

  • Navin84 on January 6, 2011, 7:36 GMT

    maybe he needs another slap from Bhaji to control his anger...

  • Tamilan123456 on January 6, 2011, 7:29 GMT

    Kerala people do like this as usual as a childish and think themselves that they have brain....ridiculas....then if anyone slap , thet start cry....:):):) school guys....

  • karthik_spunk on January 6, 2011, 7:25 GMT

    Peoples whomsever advising to sreeshant has to think about the previous india tour to SouthAfrica during 2007.Many indian players has been badly abused by the SA players..d way sreeshant behaves to SA players are 100% correct. Keep ggoing Mr.Sreeshanth :)

  • muski on January 6, 2011, 7:23 GMT

    @intcamd- You are right mate. However it does not take a rocket scientist to realise that. The same happened to Irfan Pathan. The kind of money these guys are making does not motivate them to perform beyond a certain level. Iam thinking loud- but I have a suggestion to the powers that be at the IPL- IPL contracts should be in sync with the Contracts that the BCCI have graded the players in. This will mean that a a guy like Ishant, cannot and should not earn more from IPL if his contract with BCCI is say in the " C" grade. That is the only way to stem this rot. What motivation will a dude like Raina have in performing well at Test Level if he is assured of making enough and more in IPL.BCCI should have a totally different level of assessing the test performance. If a batsmen scores more than 300 runs in a 3 test series, he should be given a certain amount of incentive. Similarly with the bowlers with x number of wickets. That is the only way to sustain the motivation and hunger

  • sweetspot on January 6, 2011, 6:58 GMT

    I will say in Sree's defence that he IS growing up. Can't take away all his character and expect him to be Sree, but come on, people, he delivered, a whole lot more than Ishant. I dare thing Ojha would have been a handful on this wicket, instead of Ishant.

  • Maruthi_Pavan on January 6, 2011, 6:33 GMT

    Indian Bowlers were pathetic. It was painful to see them bowling. Kallis knock was great, but was helped by consistent poor bowling by India. India deserve to loose this match, not because SA batted well (they did but it was because of poor bowling) but because they dont deserve to win after letting SA off the hook with useless bowling

  • Pakissuch on January 6, 2011, 6:31 GMT

    and what about sledging by Dale Steyn and Gareme Smith ??? They are saints ?

  • Proteas123 on January 6, 2011, 6:28 GMT

    @ Skylight28 - You are taking it out of context, Srisanth has been defying the umpires the whole game which must have been taken into account. My view is he got off lightly. Having said that he has been one of the standout performers on tour, except yesterday when it mattered most.

  • nzcricket174 on January 6, 2011, 6:06 GMT

    @thair9999 Ricky Ponting was fined 40% of his match fee...I'm glad this guy finally got fined. It was so funny I was cracking up laughing. Sreesanth looked like he was about to break down into tears.

  • rohanbala on January 6, 2011, 6:00 GMT

    @ Skylight28... If only Dhoni had agreed to the UDRS in the current series, things such as what Sreesanth often does could be avoided. Why blame the ICC when the Indian management is not in favour of UDRS?

  • dave89 on January 6, 2011, 5:50 GMT

    Why do Indians allways complain when their cricketers play up and get punished. It ranges from the BCCI get involved in the really biugf stuff, the Tendulkar ball tampering and Singh racism affairs, to the Indian media and online blogs putting forward the "what about xyz" case for the lesser matters. Sreesanth is a hot head who has gone wrong yet again and been rightly admonished, keep on track poeple

  • n.Setpal on January 6, 2011, 5:29 GMT

    Sree is one of the most irritating cricketer I have ever seen. Look at his record proves NOTHING, worst Economy Rate, worst strike rate, not even 100 wickets and see his attitude, and the way he shows his big eyes and big nostrils to the batsman as if he is Curtly Ambrose. I still dont understand how is getting selected for play for Team India. He is pure liablity in the team.

  • suresh_sksj on January 6, 2011, 5:06 GMT

    ICC has deviced the penalty and fines keeping in mind Asian players and for use on only for Asian players, they very clevrely place the umpires for these Asian teams, most of the time these are white umpires(Aus, Eng, SA, NZ) and vice versa...the white umpires are more vocal of some small prank by any asian player but asian umpires are more soft and do not report these kind of pranks by white player to ICC.....even then India is the no 1 team in Test and 2 in ODI....and that makes it more irritating for the white umpires...they are human they too want their teams to go up the lader....u can feel it on-filed when these things happen.....why.....Asians are so bad....? why whites always want to dominate the asians....is this not discrimination / apartihd....

  • CRam on January 6, 2011, 4:10 GMT

    I do not believe that really good cricketers indulge in bad behaviour and those that do must be dealt with firmly - and Sreesanth, Steyn, Boucher et al are all guilty of bad mouthing opponents as well. There should be consistency in the punishments rather than pick off someone since it is convenient or since he has a reputation for such behaviour.

  • Dhoni_fan_from_a_dada_era on January 6, 2011, 3:56 GMT

    this is really ridiculous. since when did kicking the boundary rope is so grave an offence. are they trying to make school children out of cricketers?

  • sandy_bangalore on January 6, 2011, 3:21 GMT

    I think its about time he's sent to a psychologist, or takes anger management classes. He keeps losing it time and again, and his bowling yesterday was awful to say the least. 0/79, and SA have a lead of 300 plus.

  • Trodent on January 6, 2011, 3:14 GMT

    Instead of fines, Sreesanth should be penalized by having to face Steyn/Morkel with the new ball. For each subsequent offence, he should be made to take off one item of protective gear.

  • Prats6 on January 6, 2011, 3:08 GMT

    Come on .. This is just too much , you are asking him to be a robot. For once, MSD make a huge mistake by openly selling him by asking him to "control" his aggression and then even yesterday, pretty much shut him down, see what happens after it ? Sree was just not himself. If the SA players can get after him why cant he give it back. Stupid work MSD, utterly stupid.

  • haroonnasri on January 6, 2011, 2:33 GMT

    He needs another doze from Bhajji...

  • gerardpereira20 on January 6, 2011, 0:35 GMT

    I think Dhoni is killing Sreeshant's natural instincts and making him a lesser bowler by critisizing him in public. We need more bowlers like him to get under the a skin of the arrogant South Africans and Australians. These guys have been getting away with sledging for years but some how cant seem to handle it when they get some back in return. Australia have not been the same after the Bajji "Monkeygate " incident and Smith is moaning about Sreeshant getting personal. I have heard plenty of Indian batsmen's parentage being questioned by the South Africans and Australians in the past and nobody has batted an eyelid. Dhoni should be supporting his teammates instead of brownnoseing the South africans

  • indianpunter on January 5, 2011, 23:22 GMT

    @skylight28. You said what i wanted to say. agree completely.

  • pr3m on January 5, 2011, 23:21 GMT

    ICC really needs to regulate its fines. Wagging your finger, and openly criticizing, and arguing with the umpire doesn't lead to a single match ban, but kicking a rope, when you're quite a ways away from the umpire leads to a fine? Seriously, ICC, get your act right at least on the field.

  • BilalSaleem on January 5, 2011, 22:26 GMT

    @kr_kinshuk, whether or not Steyn and co. reacted badly, Sreesanth still should not have acted the way that he did.

  • thair9999 on January 5, 2011, 20:57 GMT

    How come "Ricky Ponting" gets away (Arguing with Umpire)? By the way I am from Pak

  • mumbaiguy79 on January 5, 2011, 20:38 GMT

    I know Sree is not a 'saint' (pun intended). But Siddle did something really worse in the 4th test last week and he didn't even got a mention.

  • telex on January 5, 2011, 19:42 GMT

    he has to observe his attitude... he used to all this and cant give 100 %

  • db1234 on January 5, 2011, 19:23 GMT

    Great article - i really enjoyed it

  • Skylight28 on January 5, 2011, 19:08 GMT

    Absolutely ridiculous! We recently saw that a decision did not go Ponting's way and he went on to wag his index finger at umpire Dar! He openly disputed the decision of the TV umpire with Dar, Pieterson and the other umpire, and held up the game in process. He openly intimidated the poor umpire by letting his team crowd around him and the umpire didn't even make that decision in the first place! For such an open,vocal and public display of disagreement, he got fined a mere 40% of his match fee. And here, for merely kicking at a rope, Sree gets fined 10%! Where is the parity? In my opinion, kicking the boundary is hardly a crime! These players wear their hearts on their sleeves and its natural to be disappointed. Its only human! Come on ICC, we need consistency in these things. How often have we seen batsmen show displeasure at being given out caught behind or LBW... they don't get penalized... so how is Sree's act any different? Again... we need consistency and parity in punishments.

  • George11 on January 5, 2011, 19:08 GMT

    Grow up Sree grow up!!!

  • Crickprince11 on January 5, 2011, 19:05 GMT

    Sreesanth needs to be calm & controlled. Doesn't he know what test cricket is all about????

  • intcamd on January 5, 2011, 18:49 GMT

    Ishant needs to be dropped immediately. He is excess baggage. What a disaster? After his spell to Ponting, we celebrated as if he was the next thing after sliced bread. Then he got his million dollar deal from IPL and since then he has been a disgrace. Never seen a youngster lose the drive, hunger, and the plot so quickly.

  • jawadkhan_amc on January 5, 2011, 18:45 GMT

    behave like a gentelman cricketer not childish

  • kr_kinshuk on January 5, 2011, 18:22 GMT

    hmm this is surprising! i had expected that some of the south africans'll be penalized for their reaction when the appeal for a caught behind (when the bowl hit the stumps but the bails didn't fall) against harbhajan was turned down!!! i think sreesanth's reaction was much tamer than that of steyn and co. yesterday!

  • LazloWoodbine on January 5, 2011, 18:16 GMT

    This fella is infuriating. He has real talent but is his own - and his team's - worst enemy. I like to think of him as India's version of our Andre Nel. ;-)

  • joey.22 on January 5, 2011, 18:15 GMT

    er... so its ok to sledge at someone on the field, call their family members names (ok thats acceptable) but u DARE NOT kick the boundary??? Cricketers are human too, not robots! Not supporting Sreesanth here for his antics, he does need to turn it down a little bit, but its not like he kicked someone in their shins for all the sledging he received from them!

  • cric7 on January 5, 2011, 18:07 GMT

    Crazy umpires...okay, he kicked the boundary...Do they report all the players who damage the boundary line when sliding, running over and actions like that. these people find some new way to hurt Sree.

  • ManojRavichandran on January 5, 2011, 18:02 GMT

    This is so totally unfair... In India's 1st innings, the whole SA team were yelling at the umpire(Ian Gould) saying he had got it wrong... but the ball had gone off the stumps... Sreesanth over-appealed twice and Simon Taufel talks to Dhoni about his misbehaving...

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  • ManojRavichandran on January 5, 2011, 18:02 GMT

    This is so totally unfair... In India's 1st innings, the whole SA team were yelling at the umpire(Ian Gould) saying he had got it wrong... but the ball had gone off the stumps... Sreesanth over-appealed twice and Simon Taufel talks to Dhoni about his misbehaving...

  • cric7 on January 5, 2011, 18:07 GMT

    Crazy umpires...okay, he kicked the boundary...Do they report all the players who damage the boundary line when sliding, running over and actions like that. these people find some new way to hurt Sree.

  • joey.22 on January 5, 2011, 18:15 GMT

    er... so its ok to sledge at someone on the field, call their family members names (ok thats acceptable) but u DARE NOT kick the boundary??? Cricketers are human too, not robots! Not supporting Sreesanth here for his antics, he does need to turn it down a little bit, but its not like he kicked someone in their shins for all the sledging he received from them!

  • LazloWoodbine on January 5, 2011, 18:16 GMT

    This fella is infuriating. He has real talent but is his own - and his team's - worst enemy. I like to think of him as India's version of our Andre Nel. ;-)

  • kr_kinshuk on January 5, 2011, 18:22 GMT

    hmm this is surprising! i had expected that some of the south africans'll be penalized for their reaction when the appeal for a caught behind (when the bowl hit the stumps but the bails didn't fall) against harbhajan was turned down!!! i think sreesanth's reaction was much tamer than that of steyn and co. yesterday!

  • jawadkhan_amc on January 5, 2011, 18:45 GMT

    behave like a gentelman cricketer not childish

  • intcamd on January 5, 2011, 18:49 GMT

    Ishant needs to be dropped immediately. He is excess baggage. What a disaster? After his spell to Ponting, we celebrated as if he was the next thing after sliced bread. Then he got his million dollar deal from IPL and since then he has been a disgrace. Never seen a youngster lose the drive, hunger, and the plot so quickly.

  • Crickprince11 on January 5, 2011, 19:05 GMT

    Sreesanth needs to be calm & controlled. Doesn't he know what test cricket is all about????

  • George11 on January 5, 2011, 19:08 GMT

    Grow up Sree grow up!!!

  • Skylight28 on January 5, 2011, 19:08 GMT

    Absolutely ridiculous! We recently saw that a decision did not go Ponting's way and he went on to wag his index finger at umpire Dar! He openly disputed the decision of the TV umpire with Dar, Pieterson and the other umpire, and held up the game in process. He openly intimidated the poor umpire by letting his team crowd around him and the umpire didn't even make that decision in the first place! For such an open,vocal and public display of disagreement, he got fined a mere 40% of his match fee. And here, for merely kicking at a rope, Sree gets fined 10%! Where is the parity? In my opinion, kicking the boundary is hardly a crime! These players wear their hearts on their sleeves and its natural to be disappointed. Its only human! Come on ICC, we need consistency in these things. How often have we seen batsmen show displeasure at being given out caught behind or LBW... they don't get penalized... so how is Sree's act any different? Again... we need consistency and parity in punishments.