Shanthakumaran Sreesanth insists that his reaction to being dropped from Kochi’s team that played Bangalore over the weekend was not as bad as has been reported.
Kochi opted to play an extra spinner for the game on what was a slow track and Sreesanth was the man who missed out as a result.
The fast bowler was seen arguing with coach Geoff Lawson following the decision and Muttiah Muralitharan was later seen trying to calm the bowler down. However, Sreesanth insists that reports highlighting his behaviour were not necessary.
“Why do you have to write such negative stories about me,” Sreesanth told the Hindustan Times.
“I only threw a bottle in frustration, it wasn’t aimed at anybody. I was angry for about 15 seconds and then I cooled down.
“I live in Bangalore. It’s like a second home for me. I know what all obstacles I’ve overcome being from Kerala, to make it to the national team. Representing Kochi is the greatest honour for me. I was shattered when I was told that I wasn’t playing. Who wouldn’t be angry after that?”
The right-armer denied that he had fought with Lawson.
“There was no tiff. We were discussing a technique on how to make my left arm more potent,” he explained.
The 28-year-old urged the press to take a different approach to the stories they write about him.
“All the controversies around me are over-hyped. I’m not doing anything wrong. I’m still young, I have my career ahead of me,” he said. Cricket365