Sreesanth has announced his retirement from all formats of Indian domestic cricket and international cricket. The right-arm fast bowler announced his decision via a series of tweets. While the 2011 Cricket World Cup winner has called it a day on his domestic career, he is open to playing for other teams in overseas leagues.
Many fans remember Sreesanth for his contributions to the Indian cricket team in the 2007 T20 World Cup and the 2011 Cricket World Cup. A ban because of his involvement in a fixing scandal derailed his career, but the Kerala-based fast bowler achieved a lot of success during his time as an Indian cricketer.
He was a part of the Indian cricket team’s playing XI in the 2007 T20 World Cup Final and the 2011 World Cup Final. While the 2011 World Cup was not so memorable for him, Sreesanth played an integral role in India’s 2007 T20 World Cup triumph.
The right-arm fast bowler bowled a match-winning spell against the Australian cricket team in the semifinals and then took the catch of Misbah-ul-Haq in the final as the Men in Blue emerged as the champions of the inaugural ICC T20 World Cup.
“It has been an honor to represent my family, my teammates and the people of India. Nd everyone who loves the game . With much sadness but without regret, I say this with a heavy heart: I am retiring from the Indian domestic (first class and all formats )cricket,” the fast bowler wrote on Twitter.
Fans on Twitter react after Sreesanth bids farewell to Indian cricket
Apart from the domestic cricket matches, Sreesanth will also not participate in the Indian Premier League going forward. He was shortlisted for the IPL 2022 Mega Auction but did not receive a contract. It will be interesting to see what he does next.
Here are some of the top Twitter reactions to his big announcement:
— sudhanshu' (@whoshud) March 9, 2022
— SAHIL MOHANTY (@SAHILMO62840945) March 9, 2022Advertisement
Thanks for the memories. I'll always cherish that spell against Australia in the semi final of 2007 T20 WC. https://t.co/X5yAp7T5eGAdvertisement
— Aditya (@Aditya015_) March 9, 2022
CSK should have picked him https://t.co/xxfvRocqcL
— AKSHAY (@akshay14793) March 9, 2022Advertisement
Could have became an Indian Dale Steyn.. https://t.co/MWTvB4jaN6Advertisement
— V!Ki (@reversesweepp) March 9, 2022
man what a bowler he was https://t.co/YSea1uPbKX
— Hopeful Ruturaj Fan (@AcidicBlaster) March 9, 2022Advertisement
— EL – DORADO (@ELDorado_09444) March 9, 2022
Australia was 134 for 2 from 14.3 overs while chasing 189 runs with Hayden batting on 62*(46) and Sreesanth cleans up Hayden – ended his spell on 2 for 12 from 4 overs including one maiden in T20 World Cup Semi final – Thank you, Sreesanth. pic.twitter.com/qIotYEsROp
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) March 9, 2022Advertisement
"In the air ,Sreesanth takes it" India WIN !Advertisement
Happy Retirement.Thank you for your contribution to Indian Cricket.❤️ pic.twitter.com/e9cW0VcEr6
— Akshat (@AkshatOM10) March 9, 2022Advertisement
He is ONLY Indian Pacer to win both ODI & T20 Worldcup!Advertisement
Sreesanth Announced his Retirement from Intl Cricket 💔 pic.twitter.com/7QBerNwyLy
— 𝑺𝒉𝒆𝒃𝒂𝒔 (@Shebas_10dulkar) March 9, 2022Advertisement
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Sreesanth helped India win their first test on South African soil in 2006 after he took 5 wickets to force the Proteas to bundle out at 84.
Took the catch of Misbah ul Haq in the finals, and helped India lift the title.Advertisement
— Ayush Prajapati (@im_ayush___) March 9, 2022Advertisement