Sreesanth pining for IPL comeback: The fast bowler is working towards a comeback upon finishing ban in September this year.
Fast bowler Sreesanth, whose seven-year ban will culminate in September this year, appears to be preparing well with respect to a potential comeback into competitive cricket.
Days after the reports of him looking set to attend Kerala’s Ranji Trophy camp this season, Sreesanth has revealed his hectic training schedule which includes receiving online lessons from renowned NBA physical and mind training coach in Tim Grover.
“[Tim] Grover was one of the biggest names in the NBA. I attend Grover’s online sessions from 05:30 AM to 08:30 AM thrice a week. In the afternoon, I train from 01:30 PM to 06:00 PM at the indoor nets in Ernakulam with a lot of Kerala U-23 players and Ranji Trophy players like Sachin Baby.
“I am bowling three hours for six days a week. First two hours with the red ball and final hour with the white ball. So, I guess around 12 overs I am bowling every day to build stamina,” Sreesanth was quoted as saying by PTI.
Having expressed his desire of playing Test cricket in the past, Sreesanth opened up on how he is prepared to play across formats.
“Any game brother. I am ready even if I die while playing one game. You are asking me about formats? It’s like telling a thirsty man on Sahara desert, ‘Bro, we don’t have juice and you have to make do with water’. Of course I will play everything,” Sreesanth said.
Sreesanth pining for IPL comeback to combat fears
Sreesanth, 37, had last played a top-level match during the Indian Premier League in 2013. It was during the same reason that Sreesanth was banned for his involvement in the spot-fixing scandal. Having played 90 matches across formats for India, Sreesanth laid emphasis on playing the IPL in a bid to combat his fears.
“I will put my name for sure [at the auctions] if I am performing well [in domestic cricket], which I think I will. There are teams which will be interested and I have always told myself that I will again play IPL. That’s where I was thrown out and I will make sure I am back on that platform, win matches.
“The only place through which I can give an answer [to the corruption charges] is through IPL even if I play for India. I want to face the fear and that’s the only way to live life,” Sreesanth added.
Having made his IPL debut for Kings XI Punjab in the inaugural season, Sreesanth also represented Kochi Tuskers Kerala (2011) and Rajasthan Royals (2013) in the cash-rich league. In 44 IPL matches, the right-arm pacer has picked 40 wickets at an average of 29.85, an economy rate of 8.14 and a strike rate of 22.