Former India pacer S Sreesanth has hit back at Robin Uthappa after the latter claimed that the bowler was known for dropping easy catches. S Sreesanth took one of the most memorable catches in Indian cricket history when he caught Misbah-ul-Haq’s scoop shot in the final of the 2007 T20 World Cup to fire India to a historic win.
Recalling that famous catch, Uthappa had recently said that S Sreesanth was known for dropping sitters. Not only that, the veteran batsman went on to say that he himself had seen the pacer drop absolute sitters.
“Misbah hit a scoop shot, and I saw it going pretty high. I noticed that it wasn’t going really far. Then I saw who the fielder at short fine-leg was, and I saw it was Sreesanth. By that point, within the team, he was known for dropping catches, especially the easiest ones. I have seen him drop absolute sitters,” Uthappa had said.
Not the one to remain silent, S Sreesanth did not take long to respond to Uthappa’s accusations. The World Cup-winner has now hit back at his former India teammate in a brutal fashion. S Sreesanth stated that there were many complaints of Uthappa dropping catches while playing for Kerala in the last season.
“I don’t know how many catches Uthappa took in his overall career, he played for Kerala last season, there were many complaints that he dropped many sitters. I will soon join and play alongside him in the Kerala team; I wanted to say to him, please don’t drop catches in my bowling,” S Sreesanth was quoted as saying during a Hello Live session.
“Juniors who played alongside you last season might not have told you anything when you dropped catches, but if you drop catches off my bowling, you know what I am going to do,” he added.
S Sreesanth is currently gearing up to make his return to competitive cricket. His ban will get over in September this year. In August last year, the BCCI cut short the life ban imposed on him for the IPL spot-fixing scandal in 2013. BCCI ombudsman DK Jain had ordered for S Sreesanth’s spot-fixing ban to be reduced to a seven-year suspension.
The bowler, who also helped India win the 2011 World Cup, further said that he hardly dropped any catches during his careeer.
“In my whole career, I dropped only 4-5 catches in my eight years of international career and 10-15 catches in my whole professional career. While training, even Jonty Rhodes drops catches,” reckoned the 37-year-old.