New beginning for India: Sreesanth

The India pacer says Australia are no longer the clear world No. 1 of cricket.

updated: March 07, 2008 14:35 IST
  • Total Shares


Returning home after the historic tri-series win in Australia, India pace bowler Sreesanth on Friday said he was happy to be part of the team that defeated the Aussies and attributed the success to the players' focusing on playing cricket.

"Australia were number one in the world for the last 10 to 15 years, but that has been changed now. It is a beginning for India," Sreesanth said.

Asked about the controversies during the tour, he said "the players never discussed such things. We just concentrated on cricket. Our job was to perform," he said

On Praveen Kumar who won the man of the match award in the second tri-series final match, Sreesanth said 'I know him from the Ireland series. Kumar has been a revelation, while Ishant Sharma, another success on the tour, has the height advantage," he said.

Speaking to reporters at the International Airport near here, Sreesanth, who arrived from Delhi this morning, said he was not bothered about the runs he conceded.

"I am basically a wicket taking bowler," he said. "I concentrate on my bowling and not on how much runs I concede. My job is to take wickets. The team also wants the same."

Sreesanth, who was not sure of playing in Australia following a shoulder injury, said his family and friends supported him while he was undergoing ayurvedic treatment.

"I was not sure of playing in Australia. I am grateful to my family members and friends for supporting me during that time which gave me full confidence," he said.

On the coming South Africa series at home, he expressed the hope that India would do well against South Africa.

Asked why no officials from the Kerala Cricket Association were there to receive him, Sreesanth said, "My family members and friends are here."

KCA officials, when contacted, said they were told that Sreesanth would be arriving by a 12.50 pm flight but were not informed about the change in his travel plans and arrival by an earlier flight.