Sreesanth has announced his retirement from domestic cricket in India
S Sreesanth has officially announced his retirement from all forms of Indian domestic cricket, effectively bringing his eventful career to an end. After playing his final first-class match for Kerala against Meghalaya in the 2021-22 edition of the Ranji Trophy, he retired from international cricket. He finished with two for 40 and zero for 57 in the two innings he played.
Sreesanth concluded his career with 213 wickets in 74 first-class matches and 124 wickets in 92 List-A appearances. Sreesanth also appeared in 65 T20 matches, taking 54 wickets. Sreesanth made his India debut in an ODI against Sri Lanka in October 2005, taking 75 wickets in 53 innings for India in 50-over cricket. Sreesanth also represented India in 27 Test matches and ten Twenty20 Internationals, taking 87 and seven wickets, respectively.
Sreesanth last played for India in the 2011 Oval Test against England. He also played in the Indian Premier League for Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals, taking 40 wickets in 44 IPL games. His final IPL match came for the Royals versus Punjab on May 9, 2013, during the season in which he was arrested on suspicion of spot-fixing.
Sreesanth, along with Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila, was sentenced to life in prison. However, he appealed to the Supreme Court, which reversed the life ban and directed the BCCI to seek a new sentence. The sentence was commuted to a seven-year suspended term that will expire in September 2020.
Sreesanth then represented Kerala in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and Vijay Hazare Trophy in 2021, before returning to the Ranji Trophy in the current edition. He even entered his name in the IPL super auction but received no bids.