View: Do we need players like S Sreesanth?

SreesanthIndian cricket fans burn a poster of Indian cricketer Shanthakumaran Sreesanth at a protest against spot fixing during the Indian Premier League (IPL), in Ahmadabad, India, Thursday, May 16, 2013. Police arrested three Indian cricketers, including Sreesanth, over allegations of spot-fixing, involving performing in a pre-determined way at set times for the benefit of gamblers, during a domestic Twenty20 game. (AP)

Joginder Sharma to Misbah-ul-Haq: Sharma serves a length delivery, which the right-hander attempts to scoop it over the short fine-leg region. He gets bat on ball, but fails to get the connection, and plays it straight down the fielder's throat. Who fielder? S Sreesanth.

The catch was completed, and India lifted the inaugural T20 World Cup.

Nostalgia? Ask Sreesanth. I wonder what will be going through the seamer's mind right now. What thoughts running through his head - known for annoying mischief?

Good or bad, Sreesanth has always been a character. To put in better words, he has been the clown of the cricket circus. With his over flowing emotions and enthusiasm, the seamer, in some way or the other, has kept the lull at bay. And, you need such characters in the game.

Who doesn't want to watch some drama? Ask a popular Indian news channel who are minting money with their discovery of stairs to the heaven. But, hang on, nothing at the cost of the game.

In the squad or not, Sreesanth is undoubtedly one of the finest seam bowler in the country right now. A perfect wrist position and delivery release make him a very lethal bowler in any part of the globe. Yes, he gets a tad expensive on occasions, but his ability to take wickets makes up for the runs he leaks.

The seamer was never short of confidence, and ran into the mighty Aussies without any second thoughts. He took the gigantic Matthew Hayden on, provoked Adam Gilchrist and frustrated Andrew Symonds to the core.

One would say he started to consider himself the next big thing in Indian cricket, and his actions -- both on and off the field -- exhibited the same. The activities turned frequent, and the bowler was making headlines for all the wrong reasons.

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