Sreesanth protests omission from the playing eleven

Sreesanth has been warned several times by India captain MS Dhoni. Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Kochi: May 9, 2011

Known for his on-field altercations and aggressiveness against fellow cricketers, Shanthakumaran Sreesanth is once again in news for all wrong reasons.

Sreesanth was seen fuming after Kochi Tuskers Kerala captain Mahela Jayawardene decided to leave him out for the game against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday, and was also seen in a tense conversation with the coach Geoff Lawson.

Due to a slow wicket in Kochi, Jayawardene decided to play spinner Ramesh Powar instead of Sreesanth, which didn t go well with the bowler. He was caught on TV having heated discussion with Lawson and was also pointing fingers at team mates.

Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan who was also not included in the playing eleven, was seen calming down the Kerala seamer.

However, Jayawardene denied that Sreesanth lost his cool after he was left out from the team.

“Dropping Sree was a tactical move as we thought that the pitch will aid spin and we played Powar. Sree took it well when I told him before the game and please, we just had a discussion. If you call this antics then what will you call antics? Don’t blow this up. He has done well for us and nothing happened,” he clarified.

After Jayawardene played down the incident, Sreesanth to control the damage requested the media “not to over-hype the issue”.

The pacer is known for his temper and on-field aggression which have cost him place in the national squad.

Even Mahendra Singh Dhoni has warned the Kerala speedster. “I am very specific to him and told him that he should not cross a few boundaries. It is better that you do not cross those boundaries. If you want to irritate someone that should be the opposition and not your side,” Dhoni said.

He was also slapped by Harbhajan Singh during an Indian Premier League match at Mohali between Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab during the inaugural edition of the Twenty20 league.