India news May 2, 2012

Injured Sreesanth out for five months

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sreesanth, the India fast bowler, will be out of action for five months as he needs two surgeries on his toes. He hasn't turned out for India since the Tests against England last August, and has only played one first-class match since, before picking up a toe injury.

Sreesanth had opted against going for surgery in December, instead preferring ayurvedic treatment. He had originally hoped to be fit in time for the CB series in Australia earlier this year, and had said at the end of February that he was looking forward to playing again in three weeks.

He had initially travelled with Rajasthan Royals this season before heading to the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore for his rehabilitation late last month. Royals had hoped that he would be back with the team after a week at the NCA but they will now have to do without the fast bowler this season.

The news of Sreesanth's injury comes a day after their allrounder Kevin Cooper was ruled out of the tournament due to a fractured knee.

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  • sabbir on May 5, 2012, 20:38 GMT

    he needs surgery on his mouth too:)

  • Ravi on May 4, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    The last time he played for Punjab in the IPL they lost many matches because of him.... he was so expensive! He is more of a test bowler if at all..... Good talent but lack of attitude and dedication did him in. It is very tough for him to come back to the Indian side which has plenty of choices when it comes to fast bowling.

  • Asad on May 4, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    Out for 5 months?? no issue, take 50 months !!

  • Ivan on May 4, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    Good luck Sree! You are a real talent and a match winner. Come back strong and win more matches for the country.

  • bhanu on May 4, 2012, 3:43 GMT

    Future looking bright for Indian fast bowling department!!!

  • Shakti on May 3, 2012, 20:27 GMT

    Ishant Sharma & Sreesanth out of the way,maybe there is hope for India.Just need to get rid of Raina & Dhoni now!

  • surya on May 3, 2012, 19:07 GMT

    Great escape for Rajasthan Royals. Great escape.

  • Dummy4 on May 3, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    when the point comes to genuine swing fast bowler..sree nd zaheer r the first choice..sree has got pace nd swing for the indian tracks..i hope he'll recover soon nd will in team..

  • Dummy4 on May 3, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    Sreesanth has to really work on his fitness & attitude....the current bowling crop is way far ahead in terms of favourability...age pace sreesanth has to be really spot on dis time if he wants to get his career back on track.....

  • Dummy4 on May 3, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    agree with raj sundarraman, muski, and many others who have written above. its sad that the only Kerala player in the Indian side after so long gets this kind of feedback. he is a classic example of why all professional cricket players need lots of mental fitness and toughness training as well as basic emotional intelligence training. they have great pressures o handle on a day to day basis and they must be well equipped to do so or else they are just sitting ducks when he next emotional onslaught arrives.

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