Snubbed by IPL franchises, S Sreesanth took a five-for in the Vijay Hazare Trophy match for Kerala. The right-arm pacer was recently snubbed by IPL franchises.KE
- S Sreesanth scalped a five-for for Kerala in the Vijay Hazare Trophy
- It was his second five-for in List A cricket
- Sreesanth was recently snubbed by the IPL franchises as none of the teams shortlisted his name for the IPL auction
Playing his first List A tournament after a long break of 8 years, pacer S Sreesanth shone in the league stage game against Uttar Pradesh and took the 2nd five-wicket haul of his career. Leading Kerala’s pace attack in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, Sreesanth dismissed opener, Abhishek Goswami, for 54 in the 21st over of the match.
Brought back to bowl in the death overs, Sreesanth bowled brilliantly and scalped another 4 wickets in the last 3 overs. He accounted for the wickets of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohsin Khan in the 48th over.
Bowling the final over, Sreesanth completed his five-for with the scalps of Akshdeep Nath and Shivam Sharma on the 2nd and 4th deliveries. This was his first five-for since 2006.
Despite Sreesanth’s heroics, Uttar Pradesh posted a huge total of 283 on the board. Apart from Abhishek, Priyam Garg (57) and Akshdeep Nath (68) also scored half-centuries for UP. In the bowling department, Kerala captain Sachin Baby scalped 2 wickets.
Chasing the target, Kerala are 163/3 after 25 overs. They have lost the wickets of Robin Uthappa (81), Sanju Samson (29) and Vishnu Vinod (7).
Sreesanth’s reminder to IPL franchises
Sreesanth’s heroics have come just a couple of weeks after he was snubbed by the IPL franchises. The former India pacer was among 1114 cricketers who had registered for the IPL 2021 auction but he wasn’t shortlisted as none of the franchises asked for his name to be included for the auction.
Hence, his name wasn’t announced during the one-day event. Despite that, Sreesanth can make his IPL comeback if any of the franchises calls him to replace an injured player.
Sreesanth, who made his comeback to Indian cricket in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, will hope to continue his form to draw the attention of the franchises.
The senior pacer has 211 first-class, 118 List A and 52 T20 scalps. Sreesanth has played 27 Tests, 53 ODIs and 10 T20Is.