Sreesanth expected to play against Pakistan in semi-finals

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Old 28-Mar-2011
Sreesanth expected to play against Pakistan in semi-finals

UNP ImageMohali: Will Shantakumaran Sreesanth come back into the playing eleven for the semi-final? The news emerging from those close to Team India is that a move is on to include him in the eleven for the match against Pakistan on Wednesday.

The wicket in Mohali is known for its pace and bounce, so there are chances that Sreesanth might come in place of Munaf Patel.

When Gulf News met Sreesanth on the flight from Mumbai to Chandigarh, he said: "Pray for our victory. Let us hope for the best." Players are under strict orders not to speak about team selection or chances of being included in the team.

Patel's fielding has also been unimpressive and India will need an aggressive attacking pacer. India is hoping that if Sreesanth can pick up a few early wickets, then they can put pressure on the Pakistan middle order.

Another factor that has gone in Sreesanth's favour is that Mohali is known to assist swing bowling, and Sreesanth has the ability to move the ball better than any bowler in the team.

Intikhab Alam, the Pakistan team manager, who knows the conditions well since he was coach of the Punjab state team, has said that the pacers will get a lot of help from the wicket, especially during the start of the match.

Under pressure

When Sreesanth arrived at the Taj Hotel, a few fans crowded around him for autographs.

As he was walking towards the lift to his room someone called out "Break dance".

Sreesanth, who is known for his talent as a dancer, stopped, smiled at the fan, and said: "Come to the disco tonight."

Team India management also feels that Zaheer Khan is under too much pressure following lack of assistance from other pacers.

However, the plan of opening the bowling attack with R. Ashwin is expected to continue.

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