Tuesday, October 5, 2010



Full name Shanthakumaran Sreesanth
Born February 6, 1983, Kothamangalam, Kerala
Current age 27 years 242 days
Major teams India, Asia XI, Kerala, Kerala Under-19s,Kings XI Punjab, Warwickshire
Also known as Gopu
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Shanthakumaran Sreesanth
Batting and fielding averages
List A783515123336.1527944.080090
Bowling averages
List A7837103508976/556/5536.165.6738.2210
Career statistics
Test debutIndia v England at Nagpur, Mar 1-5, 2006 scorecard
Last TestBangladesh v India at Chittagong, Jan 17-21, 2010 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debutIndia v Sri Lanka at Nagpur, Oct 25, 2005 scorecard
Last ODIIndia v South Africa at Ahmedabad, Feb 27, 2010 scorecard
ODI statistics
T20I debutSouth Africa v India at Johannesburg, Dec 1, 2006 scorecard
Last T20IAustralia v India at Melbourne, Feb 1, 2008 scorecard
T20I statistics
First-class debut2002/03
Last First-classIndian Board President's XI v Australians at Chandigarh, Sep 25-27, 2010scorecard
List A debut2002/03
Last List ACentral Zone v South Zone at Vadodara, Mar 6, 2010 scorecard
Twenty20 debutSouth Africa v India at Johannesburg, Dec 1, 2006 scorecard
Last Twenty20Rajasthan Royals v Kings XI Punjab at Jaipur, Apr 7, 2010 scorecard
For three seasons, Sreesanth was hardly anything more than an answer to a trivia question - who is the only Kerala bowler to have taken a Ranji Trophy hat-trick ? His rise, though, was rapid, and since he played for a weak side, unnoticed. Not too many bowlers get selected for the Duleep Trophy in their first season, like Sreesanth did in 2002-03 after snapping up 22 wickets in his first seven games. His progress was halted owing to a hamstring injury in the following year, but he returned stronger, with a more side-on action and increased pace, and a superb display in the Challenger Trophy, in 2005, propelled him to the national squad for the Sri Lanka series. In the last game of his impressive debut season, he snapped up 6 for 55 against England. Idiosyncratic, with an aggressive approach - to the stumps and the game - he can be expensive in one-dayers, but is also a wicket-taking bowler. He does it in Tests, too - in Antigua in June 2006 he fired out Ramnaresh Sarwan and Brian Lara (for 0) in successive overs, and then took five wickets in Jamaica and played a key role in bowling India to a historic triumph. The year was one of several highlights, including a haul of eight wickets against South Africa in Johannesburg, which helped India win their first Test in the country. However, things turned sour two years later in the inaugural IPL, when he was involved in a spat with Harbhajan Singh, who slapped him at the end of a match. Sreesanth signed with Warwickshire and enjoyed a satisfactory first season, but injuries and a steady decline in form kept him out of the national team. His problems with discipline are well documented; he was warned by the BCCI with suspension from domestic cricket if he violated the code of conduct. But his ability with the ball earned him a recall for the home Tests against Sri Lanka in November 2009.
Cricinfo staff November 2009. crickinfo.com

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