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)

The 30-year old was annoying in full throttle before he suffered an immediate stop with Harbhajan Singh's slap. The Turbanator slapped his Indian teammate after the latter provoked him post a IPL fixture.

Things were falling in place for Sreesanth the attention seeker, but not how he would have liked for Sreesanth the bowler.

One expected the cricketer to grow out of this incident, and focus on the skill responsible for getting him so far. However, that didn't happen, as the seamer slowly and gradually phased out of the scheme of things. Yes, he played the World Cup final in 2011, but the decision to field the erratic seamer in the final raised a lot of fingers on the team selection.

Sreesanth's ability with the ball kept him in contention for the team, but the seamer was not picked. Injuries further plagued his chances of making it back to the Indian team.

Things were already in a mess, and the cricketer went crazy during the ongoing sixth edition of the Indian Premier League. He wrote a series of tweets on the slap-gate scandal of 2008, and narrated a different story.

The tweets made one thing clear - he had no plans to play for India again. After making such accusations, Sreesanth would have been well aware of the repercussions. Which team will risk having a player itching to be in the spot light for any reason? Not India for sure.

Apart from being a big time attention seeker, Sreesanth is an ego maniac. He just can't take it and enjoys the little polish.

A rock star, a genuine swing bowler, a fighter, a passionate cricketer, and what not? He had all the ingredients to go a long way, but cooked a different recipe.

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