Sreesanth, who has an interesting habit of writing letters to God before every game, said that he had hoped to play a crucial role in India’s Trent Bridge victory.
“Yes, I did write a letter to God before the fourth day of the Test. I wrote in that, ‘Tomorrow I will win the Test match for my country. I will be the one, God please help me.’ But it didn’t go that way. Well, maybe I didn’t write my name in the end and God thought it came from Zaheer bhai,” he said.
Usually, such instances of invocation of god would make be rant. But this is funny stuff ! Tells me that either or both of the following are true:
(a) Sreesanth, in addition to his hyperactivity, has a good sense of humor, and/or
(b) that he believes in a single, religion-free god. Assuming that Sreesanth was writing to his own choice of god, which orthodoxy would dictate is different from the one Zaheer possibly follows, he seems to bear no grudge that this god helped a person of different faith (unless of course, he was covering all corners – like old Hindi film heroes – by applying to all the religious figures). If only we had a few more such enlightened people – quite a few of the current strifes in the world would disappear!
But I do have a question: if a god does exist, is he/she really busy thinking about whether to help Sreesanth’s swing or Zaheer ? (Our own FSM of course has far weightier subjects to ponder on – beer or martinis ?)
Unfortunately, the Sreesanth episode(s) highlights how the recently concluded test between England and India will be remember for all the wrong reasons – petulant behavior and juvenile, pranks involving fruity-sugary confectioneries. Lost in the dust of controversies is the great game of test cricket that was fought over the four odd days with some amazing swing bowling and tenacious, often gritty, batting (from both sides).