S Sreesanth, the former Indian fast bowler, believes that he can make a return to the Indian Premier League in the future if he is able to put up good performances in domestic cricket.
Sreesanth was allegedly involved in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal along with his then teammates in Ankit Chawan and Ajit Chandila and was arrested by the Delhi Police.
Later in 2015, Supreme Court acquitted Sreesanth of all the charges while in 2018, Kerala High Court also revoked the life-time ban imposed on him. A year later, the Supreme Court asked the BCCI to reduce his ban.
Now that the ban is over and post his selection in the probables list of his state team, Sreesanth is not leaving any stone unturned to ensure that he has a whirlwind comeback.
Sreesanth currently gets up 5 in the morning to attend an online mental conditioning class with renowned NBA physical and mental conditioning coach Tom Grover.
Sreesanth reckoned that he will definitely consider putting his name in the auction list of the IPL.
“I will put my name for sure if I am performing well, which I think I will. There are teams that will be interested and I have always told myself that I will again play IPL. That’s where I was thrown out and I will make sure I am back on that platform, win matches,” S Sreesanth told PTI.
‘I am not finished yet’- S Sreesanth
The 37-year-old said that his biggest fear was about people’s reactions when he plays his next cricket match. But the Kerala seamer feels that fans have realized what he has gone through.
“Most of my fear was about what would people say when I play my next cricket match. I am sure all those people will realise what I went through and who are behind it,” S Sreesanth added.
“The only place through which I can give an answer is through IPL even if I play for India. I want to face the fear and that’s the only way to live life. Everything will come out sooner or later. I will make sure that I have that much performance to get picked.” S Sreesanth reckoned.
When asked whether he would focus on red-ball cricket or limited-overs cricket, Sreesanth said he is ready to play anything even if he dies playing that game.
“Any game brother. I am ready even if I die while playing one game. You are asking me about formats? It’s like telling a thirsty man on Sahara desert, ‘Bro, we don’t have juice and you have to make do with water’. Of course I will play everything. I am not finished yet. You will see me bowling again. Tough times don’t last but tough men do,” the 2011 World Cup winner added.