S Sreesanth’s hostile spell against Australia within the semifinal of the primary ever T20 World Cup stays among the finest spells bowled to Australia by an Indian bowler throughout codecs. Sreesanth bowled splendidly to Australia, who have been chasing 189 to win. In a T20 match, not to mention a crunch recreation reminiscent of a semifinal, Sreesanth bowled 4 overs, considered one of which was a maiden, gave away simply 12 runs and picked up two essential wickets – of Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden.
13 years on, Sreesanth reveals what spurred him to bowl his coronary heart out in that match in Johannesburg. The quick bowler, who cleaned up each openers, revealed it have been the bitter reminiscences of the 2003 World Cup ultimate and a line stated to him by captain MS Dhoni which received him pumped.
“Dhoni bhai motivated me. He said you keep showing your aggression here and there; now do it against Australia,” Sreesanth stated on YouTube channel Cow Corner Chronicles with Chandresh. “I believe it labored like a key mechanism for me as a result of I received fired up on the proper time. The first ball, Hayden hit me for a boundary as a result of I attempted a yorker. That was the plan as a result of I had seen Shoaib Akhtar get him out to the identical ball.
“My entire plan was to run in with intension as a result of I wished Australia to be defeated. With the best way Australia defeated India within the 2003 World Cup, it was at all times there in my head. I wished to kill them actually, that’s why whenever you see after I carry out against Australia, I’m someplace else.”
The ultimate of the 2003 World Cup ultimate stays a forgettable reminiscence for Indian cricket followers. Ricky Ponting’s bullish 140 led Australia’s cost and they completed with a mammoth 359/2. India may by no means get going within the chase and have been bowled out for 234 with Virender Sehwag high-scoring with 82. As it turned out, Sreesanth had taken fairly the exception to it.
“In the final, no body scored except Viru bhai and there was so much spoken about the result that because of it, I always used to be extremely angry towards the Australians. I am so proud and God has been extremely kind that one match everybody talks about is that match. The best I have bowled for my country is that match. I had bowled a lot of dot balls. I remember I had gone for two fours and overall went for just 12 runs,” he stated.
Australia have been to be with out Ponting for the massive knockout because the skipper was dominated out on account of a hamstring harm, that means Gilchrist was to steer the staff. Sreesanth revealed how a name from a identified particular person on the eve of the match received him much more fired up.
“I always liked getting the captain out. So ahead of the semifinal against Australia, Dinesh bhai (Sreesanth’s coach) called me and asked me ‘who do you want to dismiss tomorrow?’ I said Ricky Ponting. He told me Ponting may not play because he has some sort of injury, so he will straightaway prepare for the final’. I said, ‘what final… how will they play the final? Are were here to just eat mangoes,’” Sreesanth stated.
“He went on saying it happened in the 2003 final as well. You’ve done really well. Don’t worry too much; they are a brilliant team. That what pumped me up even further to get Gilchrist’s wicket early.”