Kolkata: Memories of a sparkling tour exactly four years ago still fresh in his mind, India medium pacer S Sreesanth is again travelling to South Africa with the belief that Mahendra Singh Dhoni`s men have it in them to win a Test series there.
Talking to reporters from Mumbai before leaving for South Africa last night, the 27-year-old said that in the last four years he had become more matured, restrained and focussed.
"People always ask me what is the difference between old and new Sreesanth. It`s just the same... But I guess I`m more matured and focussed now, which is obvious. You get matured with age," Sreesanth said.
The hard and bouncy pitches of South Africa might have been India`s nemesis, but Sreesanth strongly believes that this time there would be a turnaround.
"There is nothing difficult there. If it`s difficult, it`s possible as well (to win a series there). We love challenges and are really looking forward to the series. It`s about taking one ball, one day at a time," he said.
As a 23-year-old, in his sixth Test appearance four years ago, he had produced his best bowling effort to pack off South Africa for a paltry 84 at the Wanderers, leading India to a famous win. The visitors, however, lost the remaining two Tests and returned home defeated.
His Wanderers performance -- 5/40 in an innings and 8/99 in the match -- till day remains his best-ever bowling effort. Thanks to that spell of fast bowling, India managed their first win in South Africa after 12 attempts.
Recalling the team`s last tour of South Africa, the Kerala bowler said: "In the last series, I was about 23... I was full of energy as every youngster is."
Sreesanth also added that he was lucky to be a part of the No. 1 Test side, which boasts of some of the world`s best cricketers.