Rest of India pacer S Sreesanth, who is on a comeback trail into Team India, said that he dreamed of getting master Mumbai batsman Sachin Tendulkar out on his birthday a couple of days back.
Sreesanth, who turned 30 on February 6, engaged Tendulkar in an interesting duel on Day Three of the Irani Cup and beat him on a number of situations.
Talking to the media after the day's play, Sreesanth said, "It was my birthday a few days back [on Day One of the match]. I wanted to bowl first [on my birthday], but we were batting.
"My dream was to get him [Tendulkar] out on my birthday, but obviously he's not out on 140," he said.
Sreesanth looked to have had a plan of bowling short to the little master and even hit him on the shoulder on one occasion.
Asked if that was the plan, Sreesanth said, "Obviously when you bowl to Sachin paaji you need to really plan well. I've been playing with him so that really helped. But still I couldn't get him out. He hit me for four runs to get his hundred, so..."
Sreesanth did in fact get Tendulkar out, but to a no ball. The Kerala pacer was tongue-in-cheek in his response when asked about it, "The plan [of getting Tendulkar out] did work, but obviously the no ball was the umpire's call. Don't want any controversies.
"A no ball is a no ball. Inside me, I did get him out but then according to the rules it is not out. So, I'm happy."
Sreesanth made a comeback from a long injury layoff during the recently concluded Ranji Trophy. He said that he is looking forward to his comeback.
"I'm feeling great. It [the comeback] has been really good. Obviously it's a big game after a long break," he said.
"I think I'm enjoying the game much more and I'm not waiting for something to happen. When I look back, when I missed the games, I really missed them.
"When you're on the field, there's so much of opportunity so I just wanted to make the most of it.
"The biggest difference is that I know exactly what I'm doing," he added.
The Indian team selection for the upcoming home series against Australia is to take place on Sunday. After picking up two wickets on Friday, Sreesanth said he would love the opportunity to play against the Australians.
"If given an opportunity, I would love to perform," he said.
"I think I'm much better of a bowler than what I used to be. I'm ready and if im good enough to play, then I'll be more than happy. Lets see what happens," he said.
First Published: February 8, 2013, 6:35 pm