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Injured Sreesanth out for up to eight weeks

Kanishkaa Balachandran

December 4, 2011

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Sreesanth arrives for a training session, Nottingham, July 28, 2011
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Sreesanth, the India seamer, has said he could be out of action for a further six to eight weeks as he continues his rehabilitation from a toe injury that has sidelined him during the ongoing Ranji season.

The injury has ruled him out of contention for the four-Test series in Australia starting later this month. The national selectors meet on Monday to pick a replacement for the injured Praveen Kumar.

Sreesanth said he had decided against surgery on the left toe. "I did a bit of ayurvedic treatment and it (the pain) has really come down," Sreesanth told ESPNcricinfo. "I was advised surgery but didn't go for it because the last time I did ayurvedic treatment, for a labrum tear on my shoulder, it really helped and I never had to go for surgery. I have consulted the same doctor. The muscles get stronger with physiotherapy. I will start training in Bangalore from December 12."

The Test series begins on December 26 at the MCG and finishes on January 28. Sreesanth is hopeful of being available for the one-day tri-series, also featuring Sri Lanka, starting in February.

"I will be out for six to eight weeks. I don't think I'll be fit till the end of the Test series," Sreesanth said. "Hopefully for the one-dayers I will be fit for selection."

Sreesanth played three Tests in England earlier this year, but failed to impress taking eight wickets at 61.62. He played in Kerala's first match of the Ranji season, against Vidarbha in Nagpur, taking 1 for 119, before getting injured.

He wasn't chosen when the selectors picked the team for Australia, but the injury to Praveen ahead of the ongoing one-day series against West Indies, has given an opportunity for any one of India's reserve seamers to make the trip.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by geoenvy on (December 5, 2011, 15:58 GMT)

Who cares!!! He was always over rated. I agree. Good Riddance

Posted by Antony17 on (December 5, 2011, 12:48 GMT)

varun rubish in the 3rd odi against wi 2011 20 last over not mithun 23 2nd last over i prefe sree and vinay

Posted by RandyOZ on (December 5, 2011, 9:53 GMT)

Good riddance! This guy is terrible!

Posted by ShankarAnand on (December 5, 2011, 5:42 GMT)

Don't forget that Irfan Pathan was the Man of the Match in the famous Indian win at Perth in 2007-08.

Posted by amit.80s on (December 5, 2011, 3:33 GMT)

Who cares about Sree when u got Umesh, Varun, Mithun, Praveen,Nehra and the great Zak. Even Irfan and Munaf are better than Sree, I hope I never see him playing for Indian team again.

Posted by chilled_avenger on (December 5, 2011, 2:47 GMT)

Irfan's test record is bad,in fact its quite terrible! Against the top 8 teams Irfan has taken 61 wickets in 25 tests at an averge of 45.49!. I don't see anything special in this record!

Posted by IndiaGoats on (December 5, 2011, 0:56 GMT)

@Yayakhan: He may be wayward and probably doesn't deserve a spot for the Aussie tour, but no one can accuse Sreesanth of being dull!

Posted by Alexk400 on (December 4, 2011, 21:47 GMT)

IRFAN PATHAN is awful with 120kmph speed. He can't control flow of runs or can't buy a wicket. His batting is nothing special. That said when he , he was so promising , everyone india thought he will be india's akram. He was around 138kmph speed. Currently his speed is in the range of spinner. Even anil kumble used to bowl faster.

Never again IRFAN.

Posted by   on (December 4, 2011, 19:56 GMT)

Don't get the fascination with Irfan. He is a rubbish bowler. He bowls 120-125K and is going to get demolished at that pace in oz. Also the wickets he got in the last 4 ranji matches when he got the bowl to swing he was bowling around 118K which is only going get him wickets at the national level. Hope the selectors don't pick him for the Aus series. Come on guys get real he should stay at the domestic level not good enough for the international scene. He got enough chances in the past. Both brothers are highly overrated.

Posted by Yayakhan on (December 4, 2011, 19:22 GMT)

I would love to see Irfan back with his there any out there who can explain y India is persisting with a dull , wavid and out of sorts bowler .... i hope every one have only one name...Sreesanth!!!

Posted by zico123 on (December 4, 2011, 19:19 GMT)

Zaheer, Ishant and Ashwin should play all 4 test matches, and 4th bowler should be Ifran pathan for MCG and Adelaide, Ojha for Sydney and Umesh Yadav for Perth, with Kohli at no. 6.

Posted by zico123 on (December 4, 2011, 19:17 GMT)

selectors please don't pick Abhimanyu Mithun or Ravindra Jadeja or Vinay Kumar or Munaf Patel or Nehra. please pick Irfan Pathan, nobody ever questioned his talent, his form was a concern earlier, which he seems to have found now in Ranji, he will be an asset for the team with his all round abilities with ball and bat.

Posted by zico123 on (December 4, 2011, 19:14 GMT)

with Ifran pathan, Ashwin and Zaheer batting at 8, 9, 10, India will bat deep

Posted by zico123 on (December 4, 2011, 19:13 GMT)

with Sreesanth out, the best possible replacement for Praveen Kumar is Irfan Pathan, he has already taken 3 five fors in the ongoing Ranji season and is the highgest wicket taker with 21 wickets and bowling beautifully, he should be picked for Australia, if he finds his old form again, it will resolve India's allrounder problem.

Posted by   on (December 4, 2011, 17:06 GMT)

need to look at the bigger picture.. irfan is doing good in ranji. Also for a swing bowler replacement should be a swing bowler , also the experience of playing in aus is there with irfan. With doubts over zak's fitness , irfan will be asset to team in terms of his ability as swing bowler in aus conditions But yes irfan should be selected based upon his bowling performance first and i do believe that with around 20 wickets he has a chance

Posted by vik56in on (December 4, 2011, 16:19 GMT)

This is the end of Sreesanth.Nobody likes him and the selectors too drop him at the v first instance.He may have the best seam position in cricket,but talent alone doesn't take you far.Pity,India lost the best Indian bowler after Zaheer!

Posted by   on (December 4, 2011, 15:24 GMT)

Aussies... Please take our half-in form Injured Harbhajani.......he will still be best spinner for you, in exchange give us ur half-in form Injured Johnson.......any day a better deal!

Posted by   on (December 4, 2011, 14:43 GMT)

Zak , Ishanth and Yadav wil make it for sure...I want Irfan to be announced as the replacement for Praveen...

Posted by   on (December 4, 2011, 14:41 GMT)

Aaron and yadav have to prove themself in the upcoming series against some good teams...i would like to see sree back in team india as more economic bowler...

Posted by   on (December 4, 2011, 14:29 GMT)

Sree will come with a big bang. He is the Indian bowler who can swing in both in and out. And as of Irfan will be handy if he gets a change. He can prove and as of Indian side he is the best all rounder till this day. Hearty wishes for both Irfan and Sree to make a come back to the Indian dressing room.

Posted by   on (December 4, 2011, 14:24 GMT)

The Irfan Pathan chapter needs to be closed. Lets get off this emotional roller coaster. The man has no pace. He is no longer a viable test bowwler. I still think he should be played in One dayers and possibly 20-20's but the fact that so many feel he can bowl in tests shows me someone's cricketing infrastructure is not upto par.

Sree is a very fine bowler.....anyone who looks at his numbers ought to be enthralled. Almost every wicket he has taken aree top of the line batsmen. Almost every wicket he has taken in tests has come through somee sensational deliveries. It is hard to replacee that. Again there is is this roller cooaster we like to get onto with yadav and aaron. Wait for a series or two - we shall see the men classify themselves from the boys!

Posted by   on (December 4, 2011, 14:17 GMT)

Irfan/Jadeja/VK would be the choices......Mithun plays with VK in Ranji and Mithun's figures are much worse than VK, so Mithun is automatically ruled out. India should play Zak, Umesh, Ashwin with the 4th bowler slot going to either Jadeja (2nd spinner on flat wickets) or Irfan (3rd seamer on green top). If Zak doesn't play, Ishant should play.

Posted by sg05 on (December 4, 2011, 14:16 GMT)

IRFAN PATHAN is the best option , now he s very well in RANJI trophy

Posted by AvidCricFan on (December 4, 2011, 14:09 GMT)

Yadav and Ishant are sure pick for Australia. Zak will depend on the fitness. If he is fit, Aaron, Sreesanth, Munaf, Irfan will fight for the this spot.

Posted by   on (December 4, 2011, 13:58 GMT)

Get irfan pathan...... he has tremendous talent...... he can swing, bat low down for india.... Hope BCCI select him for ODI atleast....

Posted by getsetgopk on (December 4, 2011, 13:28 GMT)

he never was a quality bowler so wouldn't make any difference if he's fit or not

Posted by   on (December 4, 2011, 12:46 GMT)

He'll be back with a bang very soon . !!! The most talented bowler ever produced by India is Sreesanth. !! India can't win with umesh and aaron poor bowlers..!!

Posted by Shan_Oz on (December 4, 2011, 12:25 GMT)

Ifran Pathan is a hack period..bowls 120km, average batsman and is always unfit..Plus you need pace and bounce in Australia, there's no swing there

Posted by cheguramana on (December 4, 2011, 11:48 GMT)

I dont get it. This guy has come serious bowling talent. He proved it spectacularly twice : both Test series in South Africa, 2006 and 2010. He was part of the ODI team that won the 2008 VB series in Australia. He was part of the T20 World Cup winning team in 2007. He was part of the 2011 ODI World CUp winning team. Cant the BCCI put in place proper fitness/diet/physiotherapy regime for such bowlers. And for the other pace bowlers as well- R P Singh, Nehra, Munaf Patel, Balaji, etc. Surely the pace bowling talent of the country needs better nurturing and management. Is the BCCI doing anything on this ???

Posted by   on (December 4, 2011, 11:45 GMT)

to be honest GOOD RIDANCE

Posted by   on (December 4, 2011, 11:43 GMT)

atleast now they should give a chance to irfan looking at his recent performances. he is coming back to his old days. hope to see a fully rythamic pathan getting reverse with new ball also.

Posted by   on (December 4, 2011, 11:35 GMT)

irfan pathan is the best option... he can bat also.. that too now he is in good form...

Posted by   on (December 4, 2011, 11:31 GMT)

Irfan Pathan is the best choice as far as his form concern now. he is bowling in the right areas and gettign the ball swing. in Aus i think he will be handy. Selector should pick him and give him a chance to prove atleast. He is a fantastic talent right india is wasting for no reason. CMOM selector use your brain and pick the right choice!!!!!

Posted by anoopshameed on (December 4, 2011, 11:31 GMT)

@ Nitin Harathi, sorry mate he is not talented enough for mollywood-but he is good enough for tollywood!

Posted by satish619chandar on (December 4, 2011, 11:12 GMT)

@Dravid_Gravitas : Well said... I think Irfan is in a far better form than he was himself for some time.. This might be the time he can get more confidence with the selection to Australia.. Anyway, Umesh is confirmed for one spot.. The next two places to be shared between Zak, Aaron, Ishant and the replacement!! Will it be RP or Irfan?

Posted by NRI- on (December 4, 2011, 10:54 GMT)

Sreesanth's injury is inconsequential. Nehra, Irfan...just about anyone would be a better choice than him for Praveen K. Nehra can hot 140kph sp he is the best option. A surprise would be to pick Ravindra Jadeja for Praveen as a back-up spinner/ allrounder, because in Sydney, Adelaide and perhaps even Melbourne, India should be prepared to play two spinners and choose only two seamers out of Yadav, Aaron, Zak and Ishant. Sreesanth and Munaf should never be chosen for anything now for at least two years.

Posted by   on (December 4, 2011, 10:48 GMT)

Aussies got two young quicks bowling fast out swingers with an excellent short ball. I am looking forward to watching them bowl against the Indian top order, then watching this bloke who cant bowl play again!

Posted by mavenscorp on (December 4, 2011, 10:17 GMT)

Irfan Pathan 4 matches 21 wickets.....and 81 runs..If you go by stats as well as experience down under, easily Pathan shud be selected, but its obvious that either Vinay or Mithun s gonna go to Australia.... These highly predictable selectors have closed door for him for ever I guess. Atleast as a back up to Zak in terms of left hand seemer, he must be picked cos who can guarantee Zak's fitness in bet the tour just like what happened in Eng think selectors..

Posted by crikbuff on (December 4, 2011, 10:00 GMT)

Sorry we don't need dancers in the Indian team. He can show his dancing and crying skills in the IPL - where mediocrity is celebrated!

Posted by ansram on (December 4, 2011, 9:55 GMT)

Very difficult for Sree to get back. He did mess up big time at England and was one of the major reasons for India's ignominous defeat. If this joker stops his antics and makes a serious effort, perhaps there is still a chance. Else bye bye Sree.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (December 4, 2011, 9:51 GMT)

What a waste of talent! The bowling version of Vinod Kambli.

Posted by jimbond on (December 4, 2011, 9:17 GMT)

The last man standing should board the flight- given the continuing fall from fitness of India's pace bowlers. Of the remaining few, I wouldn't trust Nehra's fitness or form. Mithun is a slightly slower version of Aaron, not much given to swing. Vinay kumar actually is a better bowler than what he initially appears. Irfan Pathan, despite his lack of speed (though he bowls close to 130) is the only viable swing option after Zaheer, PK and Sreesanth.

Posted by chilled_avenger on (December 4, 2011, 9:15 GMT)

For all those wanting Irfan Pathan to return,I'd say he got enough chances and flubbed them all,at least in Test matches he did ! Apart from great performances against Ziimbabwe/Bangladesh he has nothing to show for in 29 tests! How else can you explain his bowling average of 45.49 against the Top 8 teams. I think we have a good amount of young bowling talent in the form of Umesh Yadav,Varun Aaron,Abhimanyu Mithun etc,so no need to look back in the past for the likes of Pathan!

Posted by   on (December 4, 2011, 9:10 GMT)

With Sreeshanth injuried as well, I guess now the choices for test replacements should got bigger.Zaheer hasn't exactly shown 100% fitness, even with the 22 overs recently, &he didnt bowl the final day.He is getting there, but he needs more practice to assess his performance. Nehra has been showing good form in the recent Ranji matches, but he has complained about body being sore every now and then. The current squad has 2 genuinely quick bowlers, a tall bounce extracting bowler and 2 spinners. zaheer's immediate replacement should be sum1 like nehra, but I doubt that's a good option. With praveen injured, a handy swing bowler will be missed. Mithun has sufficient pace, and is a handy batsman but will not much variety to a bowling attack that is pre-dominantly right handed and hit-the-deck kind. Irfan Pathan with 3 recent 5 wicket hauls, and S Aravind with his left arm bowling, could be the toss-up. I would say Pathan, because he has experience and is the left-hand version of kumar.

Posted by   on (December 4, 2011, 9:05 GMT)

Pick irfan pathan for test and odi permanently.

Posted by   on (December 4, 2011, 9:01 GMT)

last time this guy replaced praveen kumar in the team India won the world cup..... not because of him but inspite of him.

Posted by   on (December 4, 2011, 9:01 GMT)

@ Z'shan Khan not tollywood dude. Mollywood ( Malayalam). He is not fit enough for tollywood!!! lol

Posted by   on (December 4, 2011, 8:51 GMT)

Irfan pathan has to be taken.He is an all-rounder

Posted by Azweer on (December 4, 2011, 8:50 GMT)

IRFAN PATHAN's Prev RECORDS down under in Australia tells he is second most experienced & successful Indian bowler in Aussies pitch next to Zaheer Khan... His present Ranji records and his batting ability shud be taken into account by the selectors & Captain... I hope Pathan books his berth to Australia again...

Posted by   on (December 4, 2011, 8:38 GMT)

He should forget about cricket and go join Tollywood or something like that.

Posted by   on (December 4, 2011, 8:31 GMT)

India needs a bowler who vl take atleast 3 wick per innings.

I would go for Vinay Kumar and Mithun

First class record of RVinay Kumar 66 matches 241 Wickets First class recorrd of Mithun 28 matches 103 Wickets

Posted by Romenevans on (December 4, 2011, 8:20 GMT)

LOL!!! There should be a 24x7 mobile hospital made for Indian "Pace" Bowlers. Get injured and get repaired. Besides, who need SreeSanth? Ask him to take a lifetime leave and work on his ever green never ending injuries. even if he is fit, we don't require his services anymore. He need's to get his ego and anger management issues sorted first. Where's Nehra? He's still injured or probably got injured after 4th ball of his first over against some school team?

Posted by Empty-Sequence on (December 4, 2011, 8:17 GMT)

I'm really glad he is injured. He is perhaps the most overrated bowler in Indian cricketing history. After every series he gets injured and his fitness seems to be even worse than ashish nehra.

Posted by   on (December 4, 2011, 8:12 GMT)

Ashish Nehra would be the best choice, he has got experience and was impressive in the 2011 World Cup.

Posted by   on (December 4, 2011, 8:12 GMT)

Dont worry need to return in a hurry..I guess you wont be required anymore..!!

Posted by cricconnossieur on (December 4, 2011, 8:11 GMT)

Pick Irfan Pathan . He is a big match player, brings balance back into the side, has done well in Australia .

Posted by   on (December 4, 2011, 8:08 GMT)

Who cares if sreesanth is injured. I am quite relaxed now. I thought Sreesanth wil be the replacement bowler for Injured Praveen.. Zaheer shuld be back on track.

Posted by   on (December 4, 2011, 8:05 GMT)

out from where?? i haven't seen him a long tym

Posted by   on (December 4, 2011, 8:01 GMT)

any news about injury to Mithun ,Vinay kumar and Nehra?Dinda? I mean may be there after we may see the selector thinking abt the Leading wicket taker of Ranji Elite Group, Irfan Pathan.

Posted by   on (December 4, 2011, 8:00 GMT)

Irfan Pathan 4 matches 21 wickets.....and some handy 81 runs. M Gony 4 Matches 19 wickets...... Avhimanyu Mithun 3 Matches 10 Wickets... Ashish Nehra 3 matches 11 Wickets....... R Vinay Kumar 3 Matches 8 wickets.... But, without any doubt I can blindly say : Vinay or Mithun gonna fly for Australia.... I love Indian Cricket selection, its so clean and clear way predictable.....No chance for bookies to bet on tht! Pathan's door is closed for ever, just like the way we have forgotten India's 4th Highest ODI wicket taker certain Mr.Agarkar.

Posted by   on (December 4, 2011, 7:54 GMT)

Irfan pathan should be considered for this tour..

Posted by gestapo on (December 4, 2011, 7:54 GMT)

please ,,please,,dont bring him back into the team,,the most erratic bowler one can ever see and his antics,,,oh my!!!!!he is a lunatic,crazy mongrel,,one can stand his histrionics if he can match it up with his talent,, as much as i love cricket,that much i would love to hate him.

Posted by   on (December 4, 2011, 7:35 GMT)

Haha...Sreesanth follows bhajji's footsteps...anyways get well soon...

Posted by   on (December 4, 2011, 7:33 GMT)

He has "planned a return" but who is recalling him in to the side

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