Wed, 29 Dec 07:46:30 2010
The contest between the two top teams in the world is heating up, and some of it is boiling over, with Paul Harris alleging that “it must have been something personal [said by Sreesanth] for Graeme Smith to react the way he did”.
The incident Harris talked about was when Smith was seen pointing his bat at Sreesanth, and sharing stern words.
It came three balls after Sreesanth had hit Smith on the finger with a sharp delivery, and there seemed to have been words exchanged then.
Harris, however, made the allegation in the good faith that Smith doesn’t react on the field unless a personal comment is made to him.
“For Grame to act the way he did – we all know Graeme really well – he doesn’t react to situations like that,” Harris said.
“If it was personal – and I have heard it was – I think we should cut that out of the game.
“I know Sreesanth has said a few personal things on the field, which is not great and we don’t condone that.
If he wants to do that, he can do that.
It must have been something personal for Graeme to react the way he did.” This was not the first time that words had been exchanged in this series.
It was not even the first time on this particular day, for that matter.
When Zaheer Khan came out to bat and swung and missed twice, Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Smith were in his ear.
When Ishant Sharma got out, the umpires were not sure he had done so to a legitimate delivery, and Ishant waited next to the South African huddle for the third umpire to relay his verdict.
There were words spoken then too, and Ishant was seen turning back and responding to what looked like a verbal send-off.
VVS Laxman was quick to mention the earlier incidents when the Smith-Sreesanth run-in was brought up, but also sought to play things down.
“I am not sure what happened but saying that, it’s a series between two top teams,” he said.
“In a keen tussle like that, it is bound to happen.
It’s not only when Sreesanth said something to Smith, but even their bowlers came at us hard.
It’s bound to happen because both the teams want to win this game badly.
[These things happen] when the intensity at which the game is played is high.” Harris seemed to be in agreement with the intensity, but repeated the bit about getting personal.
“The game has been played in very good spirit,” he said.
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Every now and then it will boil over, it’s Test cricket.
That’s what people want to see.
Even we want to see it played hard on the field, but not getting personal.
That’s where we draw the line, it’s a fine line.”
Indian bowlers were right on track with speedster Zaheer Khan coming into action at the right time, getting Mark Boucher out. The South African tail was exposed to the Indian battery in the first session of play itself, putting them within touching distance of a historic win.
Prior to this, Harbhajan Singh had sent tremors down the South African dressing room as he claimed AB de Villiers before he could offer any resistance to the Indian charge. With half of the South African team back into the pavilion, India sniffed victory on the penultimate day of the Test while the home team desperately looked for a big partnership that would save the match.
This came after Sreesanth spit fire at the South African resistance to get the most dangerous man in their squad, Jacques Kallis (17), out cheaply with a brilliant delivery. The fall saw the morning session tilt slightly in India’s favour with four wickets in their bag.
Weather gods had the final say on Day 3 of the Durban Test as the South African scorecard read 111/3 at stumps due to bad light. Needing 192 more runs to win, the duo of AB de Villiers and Jacques Kallis held fort and would have hoped to start the penultimate day of the Test without losing their wickets cheaply. However, the visitors had other plans, with the aim of levelling the series and retaining their supremacy in Tests.
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In the last session of play on Tuesday, Sreesanth had come up with his second wicket of the innings to send the SA top-order packing. He claimed the crucial wicket of danger man Hashim Amla for a paltry 16 and with the third wicket’s fall, Indian camp had an understandable bounce in their step.
Earlier, Alviro Petersen could not continue for long in front of a disciplined Indian bowling battery and succumbed to Harbhajan Singh at a score of 26 runs. The fall of the second wicket opened the floodgates for Proteas top order and the Indians were offered a window of opportunity to seal the second Test.
Sreesanth drew first blood in the final innings, claiming South African captain Graeme Smith (37), bringing an end to a solid first wicket stand. The partnership gave the home team an upper hand in the early proceedings with two days of the match to spare.
The strike came just before tea time on Day 3, resulting in the South African scorecard reading 70/1 with Petersen giving company to Hashim Amla.
Yesterday, it was heartbreak for VVS Laxman as he was the last man to fall just at the brink of a well deserved century (96) as an outside edge flew into the hands of Mark Boucher, ending the Indian innings at 228 runs.
Sreesanth was born on February 6th, 1983 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sreesanth
February 6th, 1983
2 + 6 +1+9+8+3 = 29 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Self-confidence. Self-assurance. Coordination. Adept. Skills. Talents. Competence. Expertise. Specialty. Combine. Teamwork. Cooperation.
February 6th, 1983
2 + 6 +2+0+1+0 = 11 = his personal year (from February 6th, 2010 to February 5th, 2011) = Be fair.
11 year + 12 (December) = 23 = his personal month (from December 6th, 2010 to January 5th, 2011) = Leadership. Zest. Action. Exercise. Physical fitness. Athlete. Sports. Yelling. Temper tantrums.
23 month + 29 (29th of the month on Wednesday December 29th, 2010) = 52 = his personal day = Sarcasm. Harsh words.
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