Pacers take time to find their rhythm after injury: Sreesanth

Chandigarh: Having made an unimpressive comeback to competitive cricket, temperamental pacer S Sreesanth on Sunday said fast bowlers take time to rediscover their rhythm after an injury lay-off.

Sreesanth had sustained a knee injury during the Test series against Sri Lanka while warming up for a nets session. The pacer made his way into the squad at the expense of young Karnataka pacer Abhimanyu Mithun.

Playing for Board President’s XI, Sreesanth, who is trying to break into the Test squad, had an ordinary day yesterday as he struggled to get his line and length right.

Sreesanth gave away 41 runs in his 13 overs without any success.

However today, he took two wickets and troubled the Aussie batsmen with his accurate line and length.

“I feel no shyness to say that I was struggling (yesterday). I would love to forget that (performance) from my book. It was not easy coming back from an injury, especially for a fast bowler. It takes time,” Sreesanth told reporters here after the end of the second day’s play.

Sreesanth said his cousin from Australia called him today and told him about some comments doing round there, taking a dig at his performance and shortened run-up.

The pacer said he felt “motivated” to prove that he was capable of doing much more than his yesterday’s poor show.

Outspoken by nature and accused of being verbal, Sreesanth indicated that he had moulded his nature now.

“The same old talking Sree is gone. Now all focus on performance. I don’t do talking now, but (talk) do it with wickets,” he said.