Kochi: India’s S Sreesanth may have proved expensive as a bowler during the tri-series in Australia but the firebrand paceman says conceding runs never really bothered him since his main job was to take wickets for the team.
Sreesanth, who missed the Tests due to a shoulder injury but was drafted in the team for the tri-series which India won, picked only nine wickets conceding a huge 232 runs in the seven matches he played for an economy rate of 5.75.
But the flamboyant fast bowler defended himself, saying his job in the team was to take wickets and he was not worried about how many runs he gives in the process.
“I am basically a wicket taking bowler. I concentrate on my bowling and not on how much runs I concede. My job is to take wickets. The team also wants the same," said the bowler known for his aggression.
Sreesanth, however, said it felt great to be a part of the team that defeated the Aussies and attributed the success to the players’ not losing their focus on cricket despite off-field controversies.
“Australia were number one in the world for the last 10 to 15 years, but that has changed now. It is a beginning for India," said Sreesanth, on returning home from Delhi.
Sreesanth said players refrained from discussing controversies during the tour.
“The players never discussed such things. We just concentrated on cricket. Our job was to perform."
On Praveen Kumar, who won the man-of-the-match award in the second final of the tri-series, Sreesanth said “I know him from Ireland series. Kumar has been a revelation, while Ishant Sharma, another success on the tour, has the height advantage," he said.
Sreesanth, who was not sure of playing in Australia owing to the shoulder injury, said his family and friends supported him while he was undergoing Ayurveda treatment.
“I was not sure of playing in Australia. I am grateful to my family members and friends for supporting me during that time which gave me full confidence."
On the coming South Africa series at home, he expressed the hope that India would do well against South Africa.
Asked why no officials from the Kerala Cricket Association were there to receive him, Sreesanth said “my family members and friends are here".
When contacted, KCA officials said they were told that Sreesanth would be arriving by a 12.50 pm flight but were not informed about the change in his travel plans and arrival by
an earlier flight.