Sreesanth announces his retirement from all forms of Cricket
2-time World Champion, Sreesanth announces his retirement from all forms of cricket
You got to feel for Sreesanth as the Kerala born pacer announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. The 37-year old wanted to represent India or any Indian T20 league team after his ban but unfortunately, neither there was time nor there enough opportunities. However, the streets will always remember Sreesanth from some of the memories that he has given us. Be it that catch of Misbah Ul Haq or those deliveries that ripped Adam Gilchrist’s and Matthew Hayden’s wicket in the semi-finals of the 2007 T20 World Series. He could have been a mega star in the Indian bowling line-up but because of some unfortunate incidents, his career was cut short and Sreesanth failed to make a long lasting impression on the Indian fans.
After his name was allegedly involved in fixing, Sreesanth had to spend 27 jails in the Tihar jail before getting a bail. Later, the board banned him not just from playing but also from being in any cricket field. The pacer tried a lot of things in the middle, like acting in films, participating in reality shows and even contested an election but amidst all this, he didn’t give up on his dream of playing again. He won his case in the court and after that, the board reduced his ban to seven years which helped Sreesanth to make his comeback in 2020. He represented his state in the Mushtaq T20 League and was relatively successful but not so much that he can be a part of the Indian T20 league side.
In the 2022 Ranji tournament, Sreesanth was part of Kerala’s squad and also picked up a couple of wickets against Meghalaya. After the game, Sreesanth decided to close the curtain of his cricketing career and wanted the young guns to represent Kerala and make a name for themselves.
Sreesanth was very talented and one of the cricketers to watch for when he was young. He brought that glamour and energy to the game and was always in the limelight for something or the other. His career could have been very different. The amount of talent he had was immense and India needed that kind of a bowler after Zaheer Khan retired. No matter what, with 2 world titles in his bag, Santhakumaran Sreesanth should be proud of his career and what he has given to Indian cricket in a very limited time period.
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