Seven years is a huge span of time in cricket. Youngsters become legends, legends announce retirements. New rivalries form, teams go on to make history and break records. Seven years was also a never ending phase for Sreesanth. The pacer from Kerala was banned for life from cricket back in 2013 for spot fixing. After the reduction of the ban period to seven years, the 37 year old veteran is set to return to the Team India dressing room in September. In these time period, many rules of cricket has changed, but surprisingly, its all a strange affair for the bowler!
In the recent history, the biggest change in the rules of cricket, and the one that caused the most ruckus was the implementation of two new cricket balls from two ends in one day internationals in 2018. From Sachin Tendulkar to Dale Steyn, the global cricketing scene was observing many legends of the game criticising ICC’s decision.
While Sreesanth had kept his love for the sport on motion with regular net practice, he was completely oblivious about the two ball rule, until a fellow cricketer spoke to him about it during drills.
“I didn’t know now they use two new-balls from each end in ODIs till one of my fellow Kerala players came up to me and told me in the nets,” Sreesanth said during a recent interview with Times of India.
Sreesanth made his last appearance for the Men in Blue all the way back in August 2011 in a Test versus England, two years before he was disallowed from the 22 yards after the spot fixing case with two of his Rajasthan Royals teammates.
Now aged 37, it will be a tough task for the medium fast bowler to make space in the first team with the presence of a stout bowling lineup, but Sreesanth’s words spew confidence.
“I bowl 14 overs a day for six days a week. I bowl with the new-ball, semi-old ball and the red-ball,” the Keralite detailed his training drill.
Before his ban period, Sreesanth made 27 Test, 53 ODI and 10 T20I appearances for India, and is eager to make it back across all forms of cricket when the sport comes back in action.
“I wanted to prepare myself for all formats and be ready whenever cricket restarts in the country no matter what format they are going to play first,” he concluded.