S Sreesanth, one of the talented pace bowlers and a World Cup winner, is all set to make return to the cricket after serving a 7-year ban for being accused of spot-fixing in IPL 2013. The 37-year old’s ban will end in September this year and he has already been picked in Kerala’s Ranji probables for the upcoming season.
During a recent Instagram live session with CricTracker, Sreesanth was quite excited about taking the field for his state team once again after a long gap. Apart from representing the state team, the 37-year old is also hopeful of getting an IPL Contract in IPL 2021.
In the twilight of his career, Sreesanth wishes to represent Mumbai Indians for his eternal love and respect for Sachin Tendulkar, the Mumbai Indians mentor. The champion bowler wants to spend some time with the legendary batsman and learn a few traits from him at the same time.
“Obviously I will put my name in IPL 2021 Auction. I will play for whatever team I get picked. But, as a cricket fan, it’s Men In Blue Mumbai Indians, because of Sachin Paaji, I played cricket to meet Sachin Tendulkar. If I get an opportunity to play for Mumbai Indians, why not, it will be a great thing to learn from Sachin paji from dressing room,”S Sreesanth said.
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He is also aware of the fact that the age factor will also play a role in getting an IPL contract. And with age not in his side, he has to be match ready in case IPL 2020 goes ahead without foreign players. In such a scenario, the 37-year old will have an outside chance of getting picked even in IPL 2020.
“Even in this season some foreign players might not play and more Indians might be picked in the squads, then I have a chance to play. Also, I would love to play under Dhoni bhai or RCB as well,” Sreesanth further added.
Sreesanth last represented Rajasthan Royals in IPL back in 2013. In the same season, the Spot-fixing saga folded out and he was one of the main accused along with Ankit Chavan, and Ajit Chandila. After the enquiry, he was handed a life-time ban before it was reduced to 7-years in August 2019. In the 44 matches of IPL, he has picked a total of 40 wickets so far.