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Fiery Sreesanth not to change his aggressive approach

Dubai, Oct 27 (UNI) Aggressive speedster S Sreesanth says he will not change his fiery approach to the game just to please critics, as this is the way he likes playing cricket.

Sreesanth, who has been fined a number of times for his exuberant and emotional behaviour on field said, ''I don't care who the hell is batting against me. The only thing that matters is to run at him, bowl as fast as I can and to try and get him out.'' However, the 24-year-old fast bowler appealed to his detractors to understand him.

''I have always played cricket aggressively. This is my style.'' ''I have only one request to those who have been criticising me.

Please, let me play the game the way I like to play it and enjoy it,'' he added.

Sreesanth, who is also a post-graduate in sports psychology, took nine wickets in the seven match ODI series against Australia, but his performance was overshadowed by the frequent onfield clashes against Aussie players.

''I don't care whether it is (Andrew) Symonds, (Matthew) Hayden or (Adam) Gilchirst or anybody else, I do not respect them on the field. I only respect my teammates. But whatever happens on the field stays on the field,'' he clarified.

Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds wrote in his column in News Ltd newspaper earlier, that Sreesanth crossed the line of acceptable on-field conduct and had acted 'like a goose' in the series.

But, Sreesanth is not worried about what the Australians have to say about him.

''I respect Symonds as a cricketer. He is a good player. But let it be anybody, I like to play the game my way. I will be Sreesanth,'' he said.

''But I know my limitations and I know where to draw the line.

Whatever I do, I do with a lot of spirit because I love this game.'' Sreesanth also insisted that he has remained within the rules of the game.

''During the Australian series I was not warned nor fined,'' he was quoted as saying by the 'Gulf News'.

For now, Sreesanth is not thinking about a possible backlash from the Australian fans during India's forthcoming tour, as he has his eyes fixed on the home series against arch-rivals Pakistan next month.

''The Australian tour is after the Pakistan series. I am not worried about it. We have five One-dayers and three Tests against Pakistan.'' UNI XC BJR SP RN1108

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Story first published: Saturday, October 27, 2007, 11:32 [IST]
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