S Sreesanth, a former bowler for India, made the audacious claim that India would’ve won the World Cup if he had been a member of the Virat Kohli-led squad.
In the 2019 ODI World Cup and the 2021 T20 World Cup, India was captained by Kohli.
India was ousted from the 2019 competition after falling to New Zealand in the semi-finals by an 18-run margin, and they were also eliminated from the 2021 competition at the group stage.
Sreesanth said in the latest episode of CricChat on the ShareChat Audio Chatroom, “If I had been a member of the team under Virat’s captaincy, India would have won the World Cup.”
After India won the 2011 ODI World Cup, Sachin Tendulkar was visibly moved, and Sreesanth recalls standing with him and saying, “We won that World Cup for Sachin Tendulkar.”
‘I learned how to throw yorkers with tennis balls’: S Sreesanth
Sreesanth also discussed how he learned to bowl yorkers throughout his cricket career.
“It is critical to visualize while playing, and small regions make no difference. Given the distractions, it is preferable to learn such tricks here. I learned how to throw yorkers with tennis balls from my coach. If you ask (Jasprit) Bumrah, he will tell you that it is also simple.”
Sreesanth also cemented his place in cricket lore when he defeated Pakistan with a catch at fine leg to propel India to the 2007 T20 World Cup final. Due to charges of spot-fixing, the 39-year-old was not present at the game.
After nine years of endurance, he persevered and made an emotional return to first-class cricket. However, he was unable to realize his goal of leading India to a comeback, and in March 2022 he announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.