"Left arm spinners cannot unclog your drains, teach your children or cure your diseases. But once in a while, the very best of them will bowl a ball that will bring an entire nation to its feet. And while there is no practical use in that, there is most certainly value."
The quote above is from Chinaman: The Legend of Pradeep Mathew, the debut cricket novel from the fine young Sri Lankan writer Shehan Karunatilaka.
What - or rather, who - those lines remind me of is an Indian bowler who cannot unclog your dreams, or teach your children how to behave; but he can sure as hell bowl the occasional ball (ask Jacques Kallis) or the occasional spell (ask South Africa) that can bring a nation to its feet.
That bowler is Shantakumaran Sreesanth.
Apart from Zaheer Khan, the Indian pace bowling cupboard makes Mother Hubbard's look chock-full. Given that, Sreesanth is by far the second most important member of the Indian pace attack; his potential as a match-winner cannot - should not - beRead More »from Making The Case For Sreesanth