“Sreesanth takes on Australia” screams the news headlines from The Age. The article implied that Sreesanth was bit of a nuisance to start with; he then crossed the line, was clearly stupid in doing so and is now apparently, Australia’s ‘most wanted’.
Australia has a great sporting tradition but unfortunately its sports media can be irritatingly biased and jingoistic. As Mohan indicated in his post on the 2nd ODI at Kochi, there is no mention of the Clarke episode or the annoying Hogg or the bullying Symonds. A clear case of the ‘Pot calling….’.
I agree with Mohan about being aggressive, having a positive body language and letting the opposition know you are no push over. But this ‘trash talk’ is something else. Good bowlers don’t need the trash talk or constant chatting. They think about how the batsman’s feet moved, how he is handling the swing, bounce or movement; and where as a bowler he needs to put the next ball. Its about THINK, PLAN, EXECUTE – ball after ball, over after over. If you think about it, there isn’t much time for between-ball ‘aggro’ if you concentrate on T-P-E. Aggression in bowling is different to aggression between bowling and the former is what Sreesanth needs to concentrate.