Having served his seven-year-long ban, pacer S Sreesanth is set to return to competitive cricket. Sreesanth was handed a lifetime ban, which was later reduced to seven years, for involving in spot-fixing during the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2013. At the age of 37, there has been to change in the Kerala pacer’s enthusiasm as he gears. And he will be back in action in the upcoming edition of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
In the build-up to the premier domestic tournament, Sreesanth is looking on song in the warm-up games. In a video shared on the youtube channel of the Kerala Cricket Association, Sreesanth is seen bowling in a warm-up game. By the looks of it, the veteran speedster is in great touch and was seen troubling batsman with his pace as well as variations. Sreesanth was also seen giving a batsman a proper send-off as he stared him down before launching verbal volleys.
Real goal is to be in the 2023 World Cup team
Earlier in an interview, Sreesanth shared that his goal is to break into the national side for the 2023 World Cup at home. Given his age and the competition on the national level, it might be a tough ask. But the 37-year-old might feature in the IPL next year. Sreesanth shared that he is already getting inquiries for the cash-rich league and he is prepping himself up for the big stage.
“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.”
Given the looks of the Sanju Samson led Kerala side, Sreesanth will be spearheading the bowling which boasts some promising talents in Basil Thampi and Asif KM. Kerala will kick off their campaign against Puducherry on January 11.
Kerala squad: Sanju Samson (C), Sachin Baby (VC), 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