Sreesanth announces retirement from professional cricket after India’s two World Cup wins

Sreesanth’s retirement announcement: Sreesanth announced his retirement from all forms of first-class cricket on Wednesday. Sreesanth, a member of the Indian teams that won the T20 World Cup in 2007 and the World Cup in 2011, announced his retirement from professional cricket on social media. He recently competed in the Ranji Trophy for Kerala. However, following the injury, he was admitted to the hospital. This time around, no team bought Sreesanth in the IPL 2022 auction. In 27 Tests and 53 One-Day Internationals, the fast bowler has taken 87 and 75 wickets for India, respectively. Aside from that, he’s taken seven wickets in ten T20 International matches.

‘To the next generation of cricketers,’ Sreesanth wrote on social media when announcing his retirement from professional cricket. I’ve made the decision to retire from first-class cricket. This is a decision I made on my own. Despite the fact that I am well aware that this will not make me happy. But now is the right time in my life to make a decision. I’ve loved every minute of it. Apart from Rajasthan Royals, he has also played for Punjab Kings in the IPL.

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After the 2013 spot-fixing scandal, the right-arm fast bowler has not participated in the IPL. He had also registered himself on this bar for the first time in the IPL auction 2022 after the ban was lifted. Despite a base price of Rs 50 lakh, he was not purchased by any team. Following that, he shared a motivational video on Twitter. In 2013, Sreesanth was also given a lifetime ban for match-fixing. However, the special court acquitted him of all charges two years later. DK Jain, the BCCI Ombudsman, reduced his ban to seven years in 2019, which will expire in September 2020.

Sreesanth's retirement
Sreesanth’s retirement

On Twitter, he has also posted two videos. In this video, he talks about how to retire with a heavy heart. ‘It is an honour for me to represent my family, colleagues, and the people of this country,’ the pacer wrote. After all, everyone enjoys this game tremendously. With great sadness but no regret, I announce my retirement from Indian domestic cricket (first class and all formats) with a heavy heart.

Sreesanth’s first Test match in international cricket was against England in Nagpur in March 2006, and his most recent Test match was at The Oval in August 2011. Apart from that, he made his One-Day International debut against Sri Lanka in Nagpur in October 2005. On April 2, 2011, at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, he played his final One-Day International against Sri Lanka. India won the World Cup by defeating Sri Lanka in this match. Sreesanth’s first T20 International was against South Africa in Johannesburg in December 2006, and his last T20 International was against Australia in Melbourne in February 2008.

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