S Sreesanth has been playing warm-up matches for Kerala. Photo: Screen grab&
- S Sreesanth is all set to make his comeback in the upcoming Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy
- He has served his 7-year ban period and will represent Kerala next month
- Ahead of his comeback, Sreesanth has been playing warm-up matches for Kerala
After a long gap over nearly eight years, S Sreesanth is set to make his return to competitive cricket as he will be plying his trade for Kerala in the upcoming Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. The right-arm pacer has been named in Kerala’s squad for the upcoming T20 tournament and will be leading the pace attack upon his return to the game.
Ahead of the domestic fixtures, Sreesanth took part in warm-up matches. Regarded as one of the most aggressive and expressive characters on the field, Sreesanth stared and sledged batsmen during the warm-up fixture as well.
The 37-year-old cricketer hasn’t changed a bit and bowled at full pace. Check out the video of Sreesanth’s on-field aggression during the warm-up fixture –
In 2019, Sreesanth’s ban was reduced to seven years, which makes him eligible to play domestic and international cricket. In a conversation with The Times of India, Sreesanth had said that he hopes to play the 2023 World Cup. The pacer also revealed that he has been getting inquires from IPL teams.
“Both Tinu and Sanju Samson have said they want to gift the trophy to me as I make a comeback. But I am not looking only at Mushtaq Ali but also to win Irani and Ranji. If I do well, I will get more opportunities. I have been getting inquiries for IPL, too, and I have to make sure that I am fit and bowling well,” he told The Times of India.
“I am not just looking at the season ahead but at the next three years. My real goal is to be in the 2023 World Cup team and win the cup.”
While making an international comeback at the age of 37 could be tough, Sreesanth can surely make his IPL comeback after 8 seasons. He last represented Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2013.
Sreesanth, who was close to his international comeback when banned, has 87 wickets in 27 Tests. A member of the 2011 World Cup-winning team, Sreesanth has dismissed 75 batsmen in 53 ODIs. He was also part of the 2007 T20 World Cup-winning team.
Kerala squad: Sanju Samson (Captain), Sachin Baby (Vice-captain), Jalaj Saxena, Robin Uthappa, Vishnu Vinod, Salman Nizar, Basil Thampi, S Sreesanth, Nidheesh MD, Asif KM, Akshay Chandran, Midhun PK, Abhishek Mohan SL, Vinoop S Manoharan, Mohammed Azharuddeen M, Rohan S Kunnummal, Midhun S, Vatsal Govind Sharma, Rojith KG, Sreeroop M P.