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Fast and Furious

December 17, 2006

After the disappointment of the one-day series in South Africa, S Sreesanth was just the shot of zeal and attitude India needed.

Not only did the Kerala speedster produce a sensational bowling performance to lead India to their maiden Test victory in South Africa, but he also brought back energy to a side that was quickly draining in confidence.

On a surreal Saturday afternoon, Sreesanth claimed his first five-wicket haul in Tests to send South Africa packing for 84 in the first innings in Johannesburg to set up a memorable victory for India.

All his moves were marked with drama. He glared at the batsmen, mocked at them, did the aeroplane celebration and broke into an impromptu dance in the middle of a wicket.

In the end, he gave India many moments to cheer and cherish.
Photographs: AFP/Getty Images

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