Fear of ban has also calmed me: Sreesanth

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/s/sreesanthcut.jpg' class='caption'> Mercurial Indian pacer S Sreesanth says one of the factors that have helped him control his infamous temper is the threat of an ICC ban.

Updated: March 19, 2008 14:03 IST
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New Delhi:

Ayurvedic treatment may have played its part in calming down S Sreesanth, but the mercurial Indian pacer says another factor that has helped him control his infamous temper is the threat of an ICC ban that may be imposed if he crosses the line the next time.

"Ayurvedic treatment and Yoga is helping me stay calm. And besides, if I mess up the ICC may ban me for at least three Tests and I keep this thing in mind when I take the field," Sreesanth, who was here to launch a scholarship programme for kids, told reporters on Wednesday.

"That is one of the reasons that has made me 'shaant' (quiet) now. Even my name says santh," he quipped.

The flamboyant pacer, who has a history of being involved in on-field spats with rival teams, said he has finally learnt to draw the line.

"For instance in Australia, I told myself that there is a very thin line between foolishness and bravery. So every time I got angry over something, I just rushed back to my run-up to calm myself," he said.

In fact, the tour Down Under was uncharacteristically quiet for Sreesanth where neither his temper nor his bowling could put him in spotlight but the Kerala bowler said he did have his moments despite coming back from an injury layoff.

"I couldn't do all that well in Australia because I was coming back from a shoulder injury and had very little practice going into the series," he explained.

"But I did play my role at crucial junctures and hopefully I will do better in the upcoming series against South Africa," he added.

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