Vijay Hazare Trophy: Snubbed by IPL franchises, former India pacer Sreesanth picks up first 5-wicket haul after 15 years

In the Vijay Hazare Trophy 50-overs tournament, Kerala’s S Sreesanth turned heads as he picked up his first five-wicket match haul in List A format after a long gap of 15 years.

Sreesanth, who made a return to domestic cricket after seven years due to a ban for being involved in IPL spot-fixing was seen claiming 5/65 – first five-wicket haul after 2006 – in 9.3 overs. 

He helped to bundle out Uttar Pradesh for 283 in 49.4 overs in a Group C game at the KSCA Stadium in Bengaluru on Monday. 

Sreesanth picked up his first wicket sending UP opener Abhishek Goswami for 54 (63 balls, 2×6, 4×4). He then added the wicket of top-scorer Akshdeep Nath for 68 (60 balls, 9×4). The former India paceman then claimed the last three wickets in the UP innings, including that of rival skipper and India pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar for just 1. 

With his five-wicket haul in the second match of the tournament, Sreesanth’s total wicket tally is seven in just two games. The Kerala speedster had managed to pick up 2/41 in the first match against Odisha which Kerala won by 34 runs via the Gokul Gurandi system also known as VJD method in a rain-hit contest. 

Before this match, Sreesanth turned out in 87 List A matches to claim 113 wickets including a best of 6/55. 

Earlier, Sreesanth had registered for the Indian Premier League (IPL) Auction 2021 at a base price of Rs 75 lakh. However, his name was excluded by the pruned down list submitted by the eight franchises.  

“It was honestly disappointing not to make the cut but I am really alright. If I can wait 8 years to make a comeback into cricket, I can wait for some more time. No more sympathies are needed because guys I am absolutely happy,” Sreesanth had said, in the lengthy video he had posted on Instagram.

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