India created history in 2007 when they won the inaugural World T20, that transformed the face of T20 cricket and indeed, World Cricket. That victory made Indians buy into the shortest format after initially being the most hesitant about it. What was even sweeter was the fact that apart from Yuvi brilliance, it was a team performance where everyone contributed at different stages of the event.
Sreesanth who had just taken 1 wicket till the last league match against South Africa, bowled brilliantly in the must win game against the hosts and subsequently the semi finals against Australia. In both these matches he picked up crucial wickets of the the opposition’s best batsmen. If it was De Villiers and Boucher against South Africa, then it was Hayden and Gilchrist against Australia.
Sreesanth in fact got De Villiers plumb lbw and umpire Simon Taufel didn’t raise his finger, only to get him out next ball again. He also got De Villiers first ball he bowled to him in the India South Africa test series in 2006. The Kerala pacer, recently said that somehow he always had the number of AB De Villiers, who is one of the best batsman in recent years.
The pace bowler took a cheeky dig at the former South Africa cricketer stating that he gets out to him every time. “I don’t know what happens to De Villiers when he faces me. He gets out every time. In T20 World Cup 2007, he was first plumb but Simon Taufel didn’t give him out. But very next ball, I again got him out lbw,” Sreesanth said.
“Ask him when he comes to India to play IPL that what was going on in his mind when he wasn’t given out when he was plumb and how can he get out very next ball. And then again I dismissed him the very first ball in the Test series. He is a great batsman no doubt but for some reason, batsmen don’t like me or my face,” the right-armer further added.