S Sreesanth announced his retirement from all forms of domestic cricket in India on Wednesday (March 9), bringing an end to a tumultuous career.
In the 2021-22 Ranji Trophy, the 39-year-old played his final first-class match for Kerala against Meghalaya, taking 2 for 40 and 0 for 57 in two innings.
The statement made by Sreesanth
Sreesanth said that he has always pursued success and won cricket games over his 25-year career as a cricket player. Meanwhile while preparing and training with the greatest standards of competition, enthusiasm, and perseverance. “It has been a privilege to represent my family, my colleagues, and the Indian people, he added.” He addressed that he is retiring from Indian domestic cricket with great grief but no regrets.
Sreesanth stated via Twitter that for the sake of the next generation of cricketers, he has decided to retire from first-class cricket. This is his decision alone, and though he is aware that he won’t be happy, it is necessary.
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The magnificent career
S Sreesanth finished his first-class career with 213 wickets in 74 games, while his List-A career ended with 124 wickets in 92 matches. Sreesanth also appeared in 65 T20 matches, taking 54 wickets. Sreesanth made his India debut in an ODI against Sri Lanka in October 2005, and he went on to take 75 wickets in 53 outings for India in 50-over cricket.
He also represented India in 27 Tests and 10 Twenty20 Internationals, taking 87 and seven wickets respectively.
The South Indian player last played for India in an international match against England at the Oval in 2011. He has played in the Indian Premier League for Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals, taking 40 wickets in 44 games.
His last IPL match was for the Royals versus Punjab on May 9, 2013, during the season in which he was arrested on suspicion of spot-fixing.
The lifetime ban on Sreesanth
Along with Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila, Sreesanth was given a life sentence. However, he appealed to the Supreme Court, which overturned the life ban and ordered the BCCI to seek a new sentence.
The punishment was lowered to a seven-year suspended term that will expire in September 2020.
Sreesanth then represented Kerala in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and Vijay Hazare Trophy in 2021. He then returned to the Ranji Trophy in the current edition. He even put his name forward for the IPL big auction, but no one seemed interested.