S Sreesanth, the controversial Indian bowler is currently ruffling feathers locked up in Salman Khan-hosted Big Boss 12 show aka mad Bigg Boss house where he is keenly followed by many viewers. Before a match-fixing scandal that rocked his cricketing career forever, the right arm fast bowler from Kerala was quite a force to reckon with especially in swinging conditions. His ability to move the bowl in both the direction made him an instant household name back in 2005 which also got him an India call-up. He was a regular in all formats for India under the Greg Chappell era where he seemed to flourish while others struggled. Bigg Boss 12: Sreesanth Does The Unbelievable After Seeing His Wife's Video Message.
Sreesanth was very inconsistent with his line and length, and his attitude was questioned by several during his peak days. He was also controversies favourite child with the slap-gate involving Harbhajan Singh and his frequent run-ins with Andrew Symonds on top of the charts. It will be fair to say that if S Sreesanth got going on his day, he would trouble the best of the batsmen but if it was not his day, he would be hit all around the park. Such a polarising figure had not been in the team for a long time that divided opinions of many. Two ICC World Cup trophies and being picked up by Delhi Police from a hotel during an IPL season, all are part of one man’s life.
Talking about his swing, Sreesanth had a particular liking for South African soil, and it was here that we saw the best of his swing bowling. Getting Adam Gilchrist castled in the 2007 T20 World Cup semi-final when the Aussie legend was in top form is one of the highlights of his career. In the test series in South Africa, he got the likes of Ashwell Prince and Mark Boucher out by knocking out their middle stump. The fast pitches of West Indies too helped Shree as he is popularly called by fans showcase the best of his skills. He could bring the ball into the left-handers from the angle with ease which is a difficult skill to do. Chris Gayle was a recipient of one such bowl, and he made him look like a complete novice in one of the Test matches at Sabina Park.
Watch Video: Sreesanth's Best Reverse Swing Spells
The above video is a compilation of some of the big scalps Sreesanth got for India through his magical swing bowling. The video also reminds us how India never got to realise Sreesanth’s true capability and how many more such wickets we could have seen if the fast bowler just remained away from the disputes.