Sreesanth announces retirement from all forms of cricket

Sreesanth
Sreesanth. (Photo Source: Instagram)

Veteran Indian fast bowler Sreesanth has put curtains to his cricketing career on March 9 (Wednesday) which began almost two decades. The cricketer from Kerala posted a couple of tweets to announce his decision.

The 39-year-old has called time on a career that just restarted after BCCI lifted his life ban from the sport for his involvement in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal. He returned to first-class cricket last month for Kerala in the Ranji Trophy.

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He picked up two wickets against Mizoram before missing the remaining two games due to an injury. Sreesanth had also registered for the IPL 2022 mega auction but went unsold. While it was thought that the tainted fast bowler would reemerge at the highest platform, he has decided to hang his boots.

Taking to Twitter, Sreesanth wrote:

“With much sadness but without regret, I say this with a heavy heart: I am retiring from the Indian domestic (first-class and all formats) cricket. For the next generation of cricketers..I have chosen to end my first-class cricket career. This decision is mine alone, and although I know this will not bring me happiness, it is the right and honorable action to take at this time in my life.”

Sreesanth was a part of 2007 and 2011 World Cup winning squads

Sreesanth has scalped 87 Test wickets and finished with a bowling average of 37.59. In ODIs, he took 75 wickets at an economy of 6.05. In his 10 T20Is, he took 12 wickets. He was also part of the winning side led by MS Dhoni in the 2007 World T20 and the 2011 World Cup.

In another couple of tweets, Sreesanth wrote:

“Today is a difficult day for me, but it is also a day of reflection and gratitude. Playing for Ecc, Ernakulam district, varies diff. league and tournament teams, Kerala state cricket association, BCCI, Warwickshire county cricket team, Indian airlines cricket team, Bpcl, and ICC has been a tremendous honor.”

 

“During my 25 years career as cricket player, I’ve always pursued success and winning cricket games, while preparing and training with the highest standards of competition, passion and perseverance. It has been an honor to represent my family, my teammates and the people of India”, he added.

 

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