Shanthakumaran Sreesanth is one of the most controversial cricketers of India. Before his promising career derailed by disciplinary issues and the infamous spot-fixing fiasco in Indian Premier League (IPL), he was considered as one of the best fast bowlers that India has produced in recent times. He was pretty successful on foreign soil. Sreesanth was part of the team when Men in Blue won the T20 World Cup in South Africa in 2007 and 50 over the World Cup of 2011 which was played in India. He also played in IPL. He was banned for a lifetime by the BCCI for getting involved in spot-fixing. However, the Supreme Court of India has reduced his sentence as the highest did not found any evidence against the Kerala-born cricketer. His suspension will come to an end in September, from when he plans to get back to cricket. But it looks like an uphill task for the 37-year-old pacer. However, Sreesanth doesn’t want to give up yet. The two-time World-Cup winning bowler set his eyes again on another upcoming World Cup where he would like to make a statement.
He spoke to Sportskeeda about his planned return to cricket from September. It is not clear yet whether the BCCI would like to give him a chance to prove his worth. Age is definitely a big factor that might act as a hindrance to his comeback dream. Though the pacer told Sportskeeda, “I have been waiting for my chance for so many years and tried to be realistic. But now I have become unrealistic. I have been setting unrealistic goals and they have started becoming realistic. My unrealistic goal is that I play for the 2023 World Cup and win it for India, then I will retire. Misbah played till 42, Sachin Paaji played till 42, Rahul Bhai played IPL till 42.”
Sreesanth made his ODI debut in 2005. He last played for India in 2011. He last played competitive cricket in 2013 IPL before being arrested by Delhi Police for getting involved in spot-fixing.