Indian fast bowler Sreesanth may be 37 years old but still he is a champion. He knows how to get a wicket and he did exactly that during his comeback to competitive cricket. Earlier, the fast bowler was named in Kerala probables for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021.
After being away from the sport for 7 long years, the pacer made a grand comeback to the game by taking a wicket in the SMAT match between Kerala and Pondicherry. The fast bowler gave away only 29 runs and picked up a wicket to his name in his quota of 4 overs.
Ahead of the SMAT, the pacer was involved in a couple of warm-up games where he took his bowling to the next level. He trapped a batsman for a leg before wicket and that’s how he announced his arrival in style. Sreesanth showed good impressions in the warm-up games.
Sreesanth makes a grand return; takes a wicket
Without dropping the level of intensity and aggression, he showcased his mettle in the competitive game against Pondicherry. The pacer turned all the fans’ expectations into a visual treat. The experienced campaigner was given the ball to perform the duties in the competitive game.
Much to everyone’s expectations, the pacer faced Pondicherry opener, Fabid. After bowling a dot on the first ball of his second over, he took a wicket in the second ball itself in his return to the game. The fast bowler made a complete mess of the batsman’s off-stump and sent him packing at the best scene.
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Puducherry scored 138/6 in their quota of 20 overs. Ashith Rajiv top-scored for the team with 33* off 29. While Sreesanth made a grand comeback to the game by taking a wicket, his companions Jalaj Saxena took 3 wickets and Asif took a wicket.
Kerala chased down the target in 18.2 overs as they won the game by 6 wickets. Kerala captain Sanju Samson top-scored with 32 off 26 including 3 fours and 2 sixes. Ashith Rajiv who played well with the bat for Puducherry took 3 wickets to his name.
Sreesanth working hard to play for India again
Indian fast bowler has been far away from the gentleman’s game for close to 7 years. He was found guilty in the IPL 2013 season for his alleged match-fixing allegations. After being associated with a series of controversies, he was banned for life by the BCCI.
BCCI showed no mercy on him as he brought disgrace to the game. His cricketing career took a sudden turn after his ban was reduced to 7 years. His last competitive match appearance came against Kings XI Punjab while playing for Rajasthan Royals during the league stage match in March 2013.
After the game, three cricketers namely Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila, and Ankeet Chavan were arrested by Delhi Police on spot-fixing charges. After being banned from the sport for so many years, his suspension ended on September 13, 2020.
The two-time ICC World Cup-winning champion is relieved after stepping out of the bad patch. He still reckons he has up to 7 years of cricket left in him. It will be quite interesting to see what the future holds in store for the pacer.
He is currently working intensely to play for Team India once again in the future. Earlier, Sreesanth claimed to uproot Steve Smith’s middle-stump and then say ‘thank you’ to him.