India news December 10, 2012

Sreesanth returns to competitive cricket

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sreesanth, the India fast bowler, has returned to competitive cricket after more than a year out due to a toe injury, and is keen to make the step up from club cricket to the first-class level at the earliest. Sreesanth played two club matches in Kochi over the last week and tweeted that his "rhythm is great and [he is] getting good pace … Will join the Kerala Ranji side soon."

Sreesanth had started the Ranji season last year but pulled out after just one match to continue his rehabilitation for the toe injury. At that time, he opted against surgery and went for Ayurvedic treatment instead. He had hoped to be fit in time for India's 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 then travelled with his IPL franchise, Rajasthan Royals, but in May he confirmed that he would be out for at least five months after needing two surgeries on his toes.

Sreesanth has 87 wickets from 27 Tests. He last played international cricket during India's tour of England in 2011, in which he was part of the team for three out of four Tests.

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  • Dummy4 on December 13, 2012, 0:09 GMT

    It just goes to show that Fast bowlers and players in general are left to fend for themselves if they are injured, no wonder players would rather hide the injury and keep playing, because once they are injured and out of the team BCCI doesn't really care. Sreesanth, VRV, Balaji just to name a few.

  • Dummy4 on December 11, 2012, 23:32 GMT

    This just shows India has no one new who's good enough to play for the Indian team and have to go back to past regulars :)

  • Dummy4 on December 11, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    he is a very fine bowler,, he has a perfect fast bowlers temperament.,. we won the the t20 world cup wit his crutial wickets wit Aussies... he is such a talented bowler.... if u hav temp issues hav a counselling secession and hav it sorted rather than ruining talents in IND, the way Munaf was ruined...

  • Shiv on December 11, 2012, 16:03 GMT

    I hope India does not keep going back to the same tried and tested men like Raina, Yuvi, Rohit, Ishant, Bhajji, Sree etc. They have been given one too many chances now. Its high time to blood some youngsters who have proven again and again in domestics. Sree can play domestics as long as he can and increase the standards there.

  • Dummy4 on December 11, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    Sreesanth has the talent but another Kambli...he needs to be more matured and set Ranji on fire before they consider him again

  • narbavi on December 11, 2012, 9:53 GMT

    Stick right there, we are already in a crisis, we can't deal with guys like you at this stage!!

  • Naresh on December 11, 2012, 8:36 GMT

    I've always felt that this guy has what it takes as a fast bowler. His biggest problem is the injuries. Needs to put in more effort on building up his body and keeping fit. Better wicket taking bowler than Ishant. Anyway India needs:- Yadav, Ishant, Sreesanth, Aaron and Pathan fit and ready when they tour outside SC.

  • Dummy4 on December 11, 2012, 4:42 GMT

    Please don't bring this guy, he doesn't think while bowls, always injury problems, better to groom any other bowlers who r performing well in Ranji Matches, other than this tested, tired, injured fast bowlers like Sreesanth, Zaheer, Ishant sharma, etc. Their potential of delivery best bowls are unquestioned,however, the recent games proved that they have lost their teeth...

  • Dummy4 on December 10, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    probabaly the most talented pacer in the country..should be monitored and supported completely from everyone involved with Indian cricket and it should be ensured that he makes a comeback to the national team with or without discipline.

  • Mathew on December 10, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    This is really a time when the country needs all its fast bowlers to turn up. Wish you were fit and available now. (Gutted to see Zak in action this series with his prime behind him. But will always always remember the Eng tour of 2007 when his balls spat venom and talked at Trent Bridge.) Continue the rehabilitation properly without any short cuts. And take tips from Kapil etc to keep injury free. Get fit and give your best to India when the country needs you most in the next few months.

    Get strong and keep the pace the same way you had in that SA tour of 2006. Even a few good spells of accurate incisive bowling from you will be remembered far longer than an entire career of medium pace bowling. I love your out and inswingers. Get well soon. Come back soon. Lead the attack. Next time you wear the test cap, make it count!

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