Former Indian fast bowler S Sreesanth is doing everything he can to get back into the playing field for competitive cricket after a seven-year hiatus. The Kerala paceman would have had a promising career had he not embroiled himself in the infamous spot-fixing scandal during the 2013 Indian Premier League (IPL) edition. Upon his return, Sreesanth also aims to play in the 2023 50-over World Cup.
Along with Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan, Sreesanth was also booked for spot-fixing by Mumbai police in the sixth season of the IPL. The Supreme court lifted the life ban from all cricket from the 37-year-old.
However, BCCI refused to budge from the same. In August 2019, BCCI ombudsman DK Jain, got his life ban reduced to seven years, making him eligible to play for India from September this year.
Sreesanth has been resorting to guidance from Tim Grover, who is a reputed NBA physical and mental training coach and has worked with famous names like Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan. He stated that he takes lessons from Grover since early morning 5:30 to 8:30 thrice a week and train for five hours from 1:30 pm with Kerala U-23 players and Ranji players.
“Grover was one of the biggest names in NBA. I attend Grover’s online sessions from 5.30 am to 8.30 am thrice a week. In the afternoon, I train from 1.30pm to 6 pm at the indoor nets in Ernakulam with a lot of Kerala U-23 players and Ranji Trophy players like Sachin Baby,” Sreesanth stated as quoted by Times of India.
I will put my name for sure if I am performing well, which I think I will: Sreesanth
When asked if the veteran speedster would put up his name for the IPL auctions in 2021, he remarked that if he happens to perform well, he indeed will. Sreesanth admitted that he told himself he would play in the IPL again and is confident of again being the match-winner. The Kerala pace bowler has 169 wickets from 90 international games. In the IPL, he has played for Kings XI Punjab, Kochi Tuskers Kerala, and Rajasthan Royals.
“There are teams which 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.” he added.