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I’m doing justice to my talent: Sreesanth

Cape Town: India speedster Sreesanth, who grabbed two wickets on the opening day of the third Test, against South Africa, was mighty impressed with the conditions of Cape Town.

Speaking at a media conference, on Sunday, Sreesanth also said Hashim Amla’s overconfidence might have led to his downfall.

On his spell on Sunday

“I don’t rate my spells... I always run in hard and give it my best... Sometimes you get into rhythm, sometimes you don’t... Zakbhai and Ishant are bowling very well, I’ve only got to support them.

If India’s plans were hit by rain

There were a lot of breaks… That doesn’t help cricket. The momentum was shifting from one side to the other. We’re very happy with the way things are going. There are six wickets more for us to take and there are three more innings left. Cape Town is known for runs. Hopefully, we’ll have to bat just once and then bowl them out.

Whether he has any concerns with his bowling

It’s a concern every time you don’t get into rhythm… The key is just to get that. I want to be more consistent. I’m still learning. It’s a great honour bowling to likes of (Jacques) Kallis and (Graeme) Smith. It’s a learning process for me and I think I’m doing justice to my talent.

Hashim Amla’s dismissal

Even when he hit the six, I was happy that he played the ball rather than leaving it alone. Today (Sunday) I wasn’t going flat out. I was bowling 118-130kmph and trying to hit the right areas. That’s what Zakbhai told me. Maybe Amla was a bit overconfident. That’s good for us.

On his alleged row with Smith

I live for ‘now’, not for yesterday or tomorrow... Smith woke me up in Durban, for I’d been quiet till then... I didn’t say anything (read sledge) and nobody complained today...”

Secret of success

Honestly, it’s giving your best and playing with passion… I love this game and want to give my best in everything I do, even press conferences!

On bowling coach Eric Simons

He’s been a really good help right from the time when I met him in Bangladesh. He’s played all his life here and so he knows it like a home ground.

Plans for Monday

We should get a couple of breakthroughs with the new ball… The game is still on. We have to stick to the basics. In any form of cricket, patience is the key. If we get early wickets, then it will be good. We want to be humble in our process and be patient.

Newlands wicket

There is not much pace, but if you hit the right target there is a bit in the wicket. Zaheer and Ishant are bowling really well… All I have to do is cut down the boundary balls, not give runs and help them.

The conditions

The conditions were helpful and if I could, I’d take this atmosphere all around! In my first over, I was a bit lazy, but I improved thereafter. They’re leaving the ball really well. Let’s see how long they can survive.

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