S Sreesanth had a moment to savour today ago as he was welcomed back to professional cricket by Kerala ahead of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. The selectors named veteran speedster S Sreesanth in the squad of Kerala for the upcoming edition of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, set to start from the 10th of January. It would be his first competitive match since 2013.
Sreesanth has not had the best of times since the last few years as he has been on the sidelines, serving punishment for his alleged involvement in spot-fixing during IPL 2013. As a result, BCCI imposed a life ban on him in 2013; however, the same got reduced to seven years. It was in September 2020 that the veteran cricketer became eligible to play again.
Since then and even before that, the 37-year old has been actively working on his fitness, going above and beyond to keep himself in good shape. He last played in 2011 and has participated in 27 Tests, 53 ODIs, and 10 T20Is, bagging 169 wickets in total. Sreesanth also played for three IPL franchises in Kings XI Punjab, Kochi Tuskers Kerala, and Rajasthan Royals. He was part of India’s squad that won the 2007 World T20 in South Africa and the 2011 World Cup at home. The Kerala-born paceman has expressed his desire to be part of the squad in the 2023 World Cup too and win it.
Thanks for all the support and love: Sreesanth
Sreesanth took to his official Twitter handle and posted a video of him getting the cap and captioned it as “There is nothing stronger than a broken man, who has rebuilt himself. Thanks a lot for all the support and love”. Sanju Samson will lead the Kerala side while Sachin Baby would be his deputy.
“There is nothing stronger than a broken man ,who has rebuilt himself..” Thnks a lot for all the Supoort nd love ..#Gods grace #humbled #cricket #keralacricketassociation #bcci #grateful #respect #love #bestisyettocome pic.twitter.com/U0xyEg9XHu
— Sreesanth (@sreesanth36) December 30, 2020