S Sreesanth, turning out for Kerala in the on-going Vijay Hazare Trophy 50-overs tournament, picked up his first five-wicket match haul in List A format after a long gap of 15 years.
S Sreesanth shines in Vijay Hazare Trophy
Sreesanth first removes UP opener Abhishek Goswami for 54 (63 balls, 2×6, 4×4) and added then got rid of Akshdeep Nath for 68 (60 balls, 9×4).
His fifer also included the wicket of India pacer and UP skipper Bhuvneshwar Kumar. As far as this championship is concerned, Sreesanth has seven wickets from only two matches.
He bagged 2/41 against Odisha, as Kerala went on to win that match by 34 runs. Before this match, Sreesanth had 113 wickets in 87 List A games.
The pacer had also registered for the IPL auction 2021 but did not make the cut for any team. “It was honestly disappointing not to make the cut but I am really alright. If I can wait 8 years to make a comeback into cricket, I can wait for some more time. No more sympathies are needed because guys I am absolutely happy,” Sreesanth had said.
Sreesanth’s reminder to IPL franchises
Sreesanth’s heroics have come just a couple of weeks after he was snubbed by the IPL franchises. The former India pacer was among 1114 cricketers who had registered for the IPL 2021 auction but he wasn’t shortlisted as any of the franchises asked for his name to be included for the auction.
Hence, his name wasn’t announced during the one-day event. Despite that, Sreesanth can make his IPL come back if any of the franchises calls him to replace an injured player.
Sreesanth, who made his comeback to Indian cricket in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, will hope to continue his form to draw the attention of the franchises.
The senior pacer has 211 first-class, 118 List A, and 52 T20 scalps. Sreesanth has played 27 Tests, 53 ODIs, and 10 T20Is.