S. Sreesanth Takes 5-Wicket Haul In Vijay Hazare Trophy Days After Being Snubbed By IPL Franchises

S. Sreesanth Takes 5-Wicket Haul In Vijay Hazare Trophy Days After Being Snubbed By IPL Franchises

Sreesanth. (Credits: Web)

Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, or as fondly referred to as Sreesanth is making a strong statement to all the IPL franchises after not being shortlisted even in the 292 players list for the IPL 2021 Auction.

Sreesanth returned from his 7-year ban – initially a life ban which then got reduced – to the Kerala team in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. He picked 4 wickets in the T20 tournament and was also on the expensive side – rustiness was expected in his bowling at a high level after 7 years, however, there were flashes of his high pace and swing movement at some instances.

But, the right-arm pacer has started the 50-over domestic tournament, Vijay Hazare Trophy, on a positive note. In Kerala’s opening encounter, Sreesanth returned with figures of 2/41.

It was his bowling performance on Monday (February 22) against a strong Uttar Pradesh batting line-up which will instil immense confidence in the 2011 World Cup-winning seamer.

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S Sreesanth. Image Credits: Twitter

After UP posted a big opening stand of 93 runs, Sreesanth dismissed Abhishek Goswami. He returned to clean up the middle-order and the tail comprising of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohsin Khan, Akshdeep Nath, and Shivam Sharma to complete only the second five-for of his List-A career; his first one coming way back in 2006.

Sreesanth’s last limited-overs game for India was the 2011 World Cup final versus Sri Lanka in Mumbai.

I’m Not Giving Up: Sreesanth after his IPL snub

After not being included in the 292-player list for the auction, the 38-year-old pacer posted a video on social media for his fans, thanking them and assuring them that he will continue to work and hard for the next auction.

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S Sreesanth [Image Credits: IPL]
He last played in the IPL in 2013 for Rajasthan Royals before being banned by the BCCI. Last year, the Kerala pacer has expressed his desire to make a return to the Indian team and play the 2023 World Cup at home.

“Just wanna thank all the support you have been showing. Honestly thought I would have been there but it okay, I would have to work really really hard. If I could wait for 8 years then I would love to wait for some more time,” Sreesanth said in a video posted on his Instagram.

”I’m not giving up. I am just 38, so I am gonna make sure I work hard. If I am destined to be there playing then I’ll play next season. If not, then next to next season. I’m not giving up,” he added.

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