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Shanthakumaran Sreesanth

Sreesanth was born on February 6, 1983 in Kothamangalam, Kerala, India, is an Indian cricketer. He is a right-arm rapid-medium-pace bowler and a right-handed back-ender batsman. In initial class cricket, he plays for Kerala and in the Indian Premier League; he plays for Kochi Tuskers Kerala. He is the primary Kerala Ranji player to take part in Twenty20 cricket for India.

Sreesanth was a countrywide breakdancing champion when he was in eighth ranking.

Early years

Sreesanth was born to Shanthakumaran Nair and Savithri Devi. He has one elder brother and a sister. His brother Dipu Santhan owns a composition company in Kochi and his sister Nivedita is a small screen actress in Kerala. His brother in law, Madhu Balakrishnan is an eminent South Indian playback singer.

Sreesanth originally was a leg-spinner in his childhood, modelling his stroke on India's leading Test wicket-taker Anil Kumble, who was to become his Test skipper. On the other hand, his habit of bowling yorkers led him to switch over to fast bowling, after being optimistic by his elder brother. Subsequent in the footsteps of colleague Kerala fast bowler Tinu Yohannan, who earned variety to the National Cricket Academy in 2000, Sreesanth was elected for the MRF Pace institution in Chennai. He then made his first-class first appearance in opposition to Goa in the 2002-03 home seasons, asserting 22 wickets in seven games in the Ranji Trophy and appealing choice for South Zone in the Duleep Trophy team in the same term.

He was preferred for India-A side in a tour game against the visiting New Zealand side at Rajkot. He declares one wicket in twelve overs after being controlled with a confine injury. He also missed five Ranji Trophy sports in that term, even though he at rest travelled with the face for away games. This led to rumours that a mystic influenced him to take a break from opposition to conserve his durability in the sport, which Sreesanth emphatically shorn of, maintaining that he was training only to reclaim his condition.
In November 2004, Sreesanth pierced the record books when he took a hat-trick in opposition to Himachal Pradesh in a Ranji trophy fixture, the first time it was accomplished by a Kerala bowler, grossing him the nickname The Prince of hat-tricks in the midst of Keralites. He was preferred to characterize India B in the Challenger Trophy in October 2005, a home limited-overs game. He performed strikingly in that competition, earning the Man of the Series award and being the leading wicket taker with the third best bowling standard. This led to his selection to Indian squad for the home ODI sequence in opposition to Sri Lanka.

ODI career

Sreesanth was given the new ball in the first ODI in opposition to Sri Lanka in Nagpur. After being rebuked early by Kumar Sangakkara and Sanath Jayasuriya, Sreesanth returned to allege his first two ODI wickets at the end of the game. He was left out of the squad and was later on recollected for the fourth, fifth and sixth ODIs as Coach Greg Chappell tinkered with the line-up. He was maintained in the team but did not play in the 5 match sequence in opposition to South Africa, but played all five games in the trip to Pakistan, recording a drag of 4/58 in the fifth ODI against Pakistani cricket squad in Karachi. A good home chain in opposition to the England in April 2006, in which he claimed 10 wickets at a standard of 16.3, including a career best 6/55 in the final game at Indore (in which he was awarded the man of the match award led to him later being awarded a BCCI contract, in the C-grade in May).

His unsatisfactory economy rate led him to be left out of the ICC Champions Trophy crew of 14, with the recipient being R. P. Singh. He made an unpredicted come back to the blue team due to the injury to Ajit Agarkar afterward in the tournament. He was also out of the Indian ODI squad for the England tour.

Inn 2011 Cricket World Cup, Sreesanth was elected due to hurt to Praveen Kumar. He was classy in the first match going wicket less at 53 runs in 5 overs. He was preferred in the ultimate where he gave away 52 runs for 8 wickets less overs.

Test career

Sreesanth was preferred for his first Test team in the home sequence in opposition to England in March 2006, in place of Zaheer Khan. He alleged 4/95 in his first appearance in the 1st Test in Nagpur, where he released the bowling with Irfan Pathan. He was ruled out of the second Test in Mohali due to illness, but recovered and captured five wickets as well a 29* with the bat in the Third Test in Mumbai. With the axing of Pathan, Sreesanth became India's chief pace bowler on the trip of the West Indies. He ignored the second Test owed to an injury but managed to assert his best game numbers of 5/72 in the 4th Test in Kingston, Jamaica.

Sreesanth's most important performance to date in Test cricket was his function in the 1st Test of India's 2006 trip to South Africa at Johannesburg. After losing the limited-overs series 4-0, Sreesanth twisted took 5-40 in a display of pace and sway to help release South Africa. This act helped to bowl South Africans out for just 84, leading to first Indian win on South African soil, for which he was named man of the match. All over again, Sreesanth's poignant frolics, which have led him to be observed by some observers as weird, were habitually noted. He was superior after infringing the International Cricket Council's marketing logo policy, and also for "conduct contrary to the spirit of the match" after sending off Hashim Amla after discharging him. He was also implicated in a highly-publicized altercation while batting adjacent to paceman Andre Nel.

Nel delivered a sequence of fast balls at Sreesanth's superior body and subsequent to Sreesanth lumbering escaped one delivery, criticized him by shrugging to his chest, demonstrating that he felt Sreesanth was wanting in nerve. On the subsequent ball, Sreesanth gave him the indict and punch the ball without delay over the bowler's skull into the stands for a six. He then twirled his bat in eagerness and danced down the wicket, making fun of Nel and performing a boogie. Presently, Sreesanth said that he would not repeat anything of the sort, while he could be perched for breaking the code of behavior. Still he went scot-free for the Nel event, he was fined 30% of the game fee for running towards Hashim Amla after opting up his wicket, and wearing a recognized garment under the sport shirt.

Sreesanth invited controversy once more all through the fourth day of the second test of India's 2007 visit to England at Trent Bridge. He was fined half of his game fee for intentionally shoulder barging England skipper Michael Vaughan at the same time as walking back to his mark. He also bowled a beamer at batsman Kevin Pietersen, which the latter had to take harsh action to avoid. Sreesanth however did immediately apologise afterwards. After the game he said that the ball had slipped from his hand over. Quickly afterwards, he bowled a no-ball where he violated the groove by generally 2 feet (0.61 m), leading to assumption it was intentional; the rescue was a bouncer to Paul Collingwood. Ex- England skipper Michael Atherton called for Sreesanth to be proscribed for the Pietersen beamer, saying that Sreesanth could not organize his on-pitch passions.

After parting out of the Indian squad for about a year and half, Sreesanth was called rear to play the home Test sequence in opposition to Sri Lanka in November 2009. Sreesanth played the second Test in Kanpur and selected up five wickets in the first innings, which helped India win the game by an innings and 144 runs. Sreesanth was granted the Man of the Match for taking six wickets in the game. After the contest, Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni praised him as one of the best bowlers of quash dangle.

Indian Premier League

Sreesanth is allied with the Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League. In the initial version of the IPL in 2008, Sreesanth became the second foremost wicket taker in the competition after Sohail Tanveer, asserting 18 wickets. Sreesanth materialized only in the second half of the 2009 edition of the IPL. He could not play the initial games of the period owing to a pressure rupture. He left Kings XI Punjab following the 2010 Indian Premier League and marked for Kochi for the 2011 contest.

Altercation with Harbhajan Singh

On April 25, 2008, subsequent the conquest of his Kings XI Punjab's victory in the Indian Premier League over the Mumbai Indians at Mohali, Sreesanth was smacked under his eye by Harbhajan Singh, the skipper of Mumbai. The confrontation came to light as Sreesanth was caught by TV cameras sniveling dejectedly on the field before the presentation observance. Sreesanth later on downplayed the episode saying he had no moan beside Harbhajan who was "like an elder brother" to him. Harbhajan's squad had lost their third following game when he actually retorted violently to Sreesanth's impending him and saying "hard luck". The IPL expelled Harbhajan from the remainder of the tournament and proscribed him from gathering his wages after ruling him blameworthy. The BCCI commenced a detach exploration into the occurrence and decided to ban Harbhajan for five ODIs, estimating him to have broken the system of conduct in his national agreement.

In Australia before that year, Sreesanth stated that he would sustain an insistent attitude on the cricket field, "Sreesanth's way is to be aggressive. Sreesanth will always linger Sreesanth."

Batting and fielding averages

Tests 27 40 13 281 35 10.40 539 52.13 0 0 38 4 5 0
ODIs 53 21 10 44 10* 4.00 121 36.36 0 0 2 0 7 0
T20Is 10 3 2 20 19* 20.00 14 142.85 0 0 4 0 2 0
First-class 68 92 28 592 35 9.25 1337 44.27 0 0     14 0
List A 82 36 15 127 33 6.04 285 44.56 0 0     9 0
Twenty20 53 17 10 72 19* 10.28 91 79.12 0 0 13 0 9 0

Bowling averages

Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 27 50 5419 3271 87 5/40 8/99 37.59 3.62 62.2 4 3 0
ODIs 53 52 2476 2508 75 6/55 6/55 33.44 6.07 33.0 2 1 0
T20Is 10 9 204 288 7 2/12 2/12 41.14 8.47 29.1 0 0 0
First-class 68 12198 7132 200 5/40 35.66 3.50 60.9 8 6 0
List A 82 3874 3690 104 6/55 6/55 35.48 5.71 37.2 3 1 0
Twenty20 53 52 1062 1476 45 3/29 3/29 32.80 8.33 23.6 0