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Sreesanth returns to competitive cricket

ESPNcricinfo staff

December 10, 2012

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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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Posted by   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.

Posted by   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 :)

Posted by   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...

Posted by ProdigyA 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.

Posted by   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

Posted by 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!!

Posted by Naresh28 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.

Posted by   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...

Posted by   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.

Posted by concerned_cricketer 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!

Posted by jimbond on (December 10, 2012, 15:06 GMT)

Good for the Indian team if he regains fitness. I have no problems with his tweeting if he gets his spellings and grammar right.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 13:22 GMT)

Sreesanth no doubt is a talented pace bowler. When he is in his rhythm, he is a beauty... fine swinging balls... lethal bouncers..... I like his aggression which any cricketer need to have to be pushing but he over does. Also he needs a decent hair cut

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 12:51 GMT)

Sreesanth has to learn to behave while on display. Lots of kids will be watching and so will his countrymen. He has the pace and the talent Indai so badly need. A decent haircut and less histrionics will augur well for him and the team

Posted by CricketMaan on (December 10, 2012, 12:38 GMT)

He will be 30 soon, the age when Indian cricketers are mostly not considered for first XI (a good e.g. Badri). Considering that Zak is close to being finished, this will be his last oppurtunity. He should first stop tweeting, public fanfare apperances and talking to media. He has only 2-3 Ranji games to prove where he is ahead of Aus tour, else all he has is an IPL contract and his India career will be well and truly over. I recollect he is certainly not part of Kerala dressing room. What a talent gone waste!!!!

Posted by sony_sr on (December 10, 2012, 11:36 GMT)

If he can come back like a man and not a kid, he has the talent to lead india's bowling attack.

Posted by ramli on (December 10, 2012, 11:18 GMT)

Sreesanth ... the only hope of a five-for among pace bowlers in India ... your slot in Indian team will always be empty ... come back with 100% fitness ... good luck ...

Posted by AlanAntonyFrancis on (December 10, 2012, 11:15 GMT)

Indian team needs some really good fast bowlers.... Hope you can comeback well ...

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