All these years out of the game it seems, haven’t helped douse the fire in Sreesanth’s belly one bit. Recently Robin Uthappa took a dig at Sreesanth’s catching ability while reminiscing the World T20 final victory in 2007. “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,” – referencing to Sreesanth’s match-winning catch in the finals.
The Kerala fast bowler didn’t take kindly to this and gave more than he got, back to Robin Uthappa who now plays for Sreesanth’s home state of Kerala in the Ranji Trophy. Taking a direct jab at Uthappa, Sreesanth came up with a classic response – “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.”
“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,” referencing to Uthappa playing along Sreesanth on the domestic circuit next. “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.”