Fast bowler S Sreesanth made a return to competitive cricket on Monday is celebrating his comeback as he picked up his first wicket in seven years.
Sreesanth who was named in the Kerala squad for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy last month has scalped his first wicket in last seven years as he announced his comeback to competitive cricket in the match against Puducherry. The fast bowler in the fourth over caught Fabid Ahmed to reduce the side to 26/2 in the national T20 competition.
“Thanks a lot for all the support and love …it’s just the beginning..with all of ur wishes and prayers many many many more to go..lots of respect to u nd family .. #blessed #humbled #BCCI #india #nevergiveup,” Sreesanth tweeted.
Puducherry scored 138 runs in 20 overs with Ashith Rajiv top-scoring for the side. Kerala’s Jalaj Saxena was the pick of the bowlers as he bagged three wickets while giving away just 13 runs. Kerala then successfully chased down the target with 10 balls still in spare on the basis of an all-round batting performance. Captain Sanju Samson was the star batsman for team Kerala as he scored 32 runs while opening batsman with Robin Uthappa hit 21 runs off 12 balls.
Sreesanth was banned by the BCCI in August 2013 along with his Rajasthan Royals teammates Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan for indulging in spot fixing in the IPL. However last year his lifetime ban was reduced to seven years which got over in the month of September. The Indian pacer was seen in his best form on Monday as he bowled in full flow & successfully finished with figures of 1-29 on Monday.