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Full name Shanthakumaran Sreesanth
Born February 6, 1983, Kothamangalam, Kerala
Current age 32 years 52 days
Major teams India, Asia XI, Kerala, Kerala Under-19s, Kings XI Punjab, Kochi Tuskers Kerala, Rajasthan Royals, Warwickshire
Also known as Gopu
Playing role Bowler
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
|Test debut||India v England at Nagpur, Mar 1-5, 2006 scorecard|
|Last Test||England v India at The Oval, Aug 18-22, 2011 scorecard|
|ODI debut||India v Sri Lanka at Nagpur, Oct 25, 2005 scorecard|
|Last ODI||India v Sri Lanka at Mumbai, Apr 2, 2011 scorecard|
|T20I debut||South Africa v India at Johannesburg, Dec 1, 2006 scorecard|
|Last T20I||Australia v India at Melbourne, Feb 1, 2008 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Mumbai v Rest of India at Mumbai, Feb 6-10, 2013 scorecard|
|List A debut||2002/03|
|Last List A||Assam v Kerala at Visakhapatnam, Mar 2, 2013 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||South Africa v India at Johannesburg, Dec 1, 2006 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Kings XI Punjab v Rajasthan Royals at Mohali, May 9, 2013 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|0/18||Royals||v Kings XI||Mohali||9 May 2013||T20|
|1/35||Royals||v RCB||Jaipur||29 Apr 2013||T20|
|0, 0/9||Royals||v RCB||Bangalore||20 Apr 2013||T20|
|2/20||Royals||v Kings XI||Jaipur||14 Apr 2013||T20|
|0/38||Royals||v Warriors||Pune||11 Apr 2013||T20|
|1*, 1/25||Royals||v KKR||Jaipur||8 Apr 2013||T20|
|0*, 1/18||Royals||v Daredevils||Delhi||6 Apr 2013||T20|
|0, 0/56||Kerala||v Assam||Visakhapatnam||2 Mar 2013||LA|
|2/83||Kerala||v Tamil Nadu||Margao||18 Feb 2013||LA|
|4/61||Kerala||v Andhra||Porvorim||17 Feb 2013||LA|
For three seasons, Sreesanth was hardly anything more than an answer to a trivia question - who is the only Kerala bowler to have taken a Ranji Trophy hat-trick ? His rise, though, was rapid, and since he played for a weak side, unnoticed. Not too many bowlers get selected for the Duleep Trophy in their first season, like Sreesanth did in 2002-03 after snapping up 22 wickets in his first seven games.
His progress was halted owing to a hamstring injury in the following year, but he returned stronger, with a more side-on action and increased pace, and a superb display in the Challenger Trophy, in 2005, propelled him to the national squad for the Sri Lanka series. In the last game of his impressive debut season, he snapped up 6 for 55 against England.
Idiosyncratic, with an aggressive approach - to the stumps and the game - he can be expensive in one-dayers, but is also a wicket-taking bowler. He does it in Tests, too - in Antigua in June 2006 he fired out Ramnaresh Sarwan and Brian Lara (for 0) in successive overs, and then took five wickets in Jamaica and played a key role in bowling India to a historic triumph. The year was one of several highlights, including a haul of eight wickets against South Africa in Johannesburg, which helped India win their first Test in the country.
However, things turned sour two years later in the inaugural IPL, when he was involved in a spat with Harbhajan Singh, who slapped him at the end of a match. Sreesanth signed with Warwickshire and enjoyed a satisfactory first season, but injuries and a steady decline in form kept him out of the national team. His problems with discipline are well documented; he was warned by the BCCI with suspension from domestic cricket if he violated the code of conduct. But his ability with the ball continued to keep him in contention for a place in the Indian team in Tests and ODIs.
The biggest shock in his volatile career came when he was among three Rajasthan Royals players arrested in May 2013, along with Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan, for the alleged fulfilling of promises made to bookmakers in the IPL. In September, the BCCI's disciplinary committee found him guilty of spot-fixing and banned him for life.
As a six-year-old, he watched Wasim Akram at the 1992 World Cup and decided that he would be a left-arm fast bowler. As a man, he put on a show very nearly as memorable as Wasim's 23 years before
Over the last few months, he has slowly moved from a flashy finisher, to a more measured risk manager
India's Plan A in this World Cup had worked flawlessly over seven matches. When they came up against the toughest opponents in the World Cup, however, they were left scrambling for a back-up plan
Whatever happens, the Australia-New Zealand World Cup final at the MCG will be the most divine fun