Watch: Kerala Pacer S Sreesanth celebrated after winning his first wicket in the Ranji Trophy in nine long years.
S Sreesanth celebrates its 1st wicket in first-class cricket in nine years (Reuters Photo)
- Sreesanth celebrated his 1st wicket in first class cricket after 9 years
- Sreesanth was seen laying on the ground and kissing the pitch
- Sreesanth is playing first class cricket for the first time since 2013
Kerala’s Pacer S Sreesanth took his first wicket in first-class cricket after nine years when he sacked Aryan Bora in the Ranji Trophy match against Meghalaya and gave the cricket field his ‘pranaam’.
After taking the wicket, Sreesanth was seen lying on the ground and kissing the pitch. Sreesanth recorded figures of 2 to 40 in his 11.5 overs in the first innings but took no wickets in the second innings.
Well this is my 1st wicket in 9 long years… thank goodness I was just over the moon and gave the wicket my pranaam… #thankful #Cricket #ketalacricket #bcci #India #Priceless pic.twitter.com/53JkZVUhoG
— Sreesanth (@sreesanth36) March 2, 2022
“Well this is my first wicket in 9 long years… thank god I was just over the moon and gave the wicket my pranaam… #grateful #cricket #ketalacricket #bcci #india #Priceless,” Sreesanth captioned the video of his celebration.
Sreesanth is playing first class cricket for the first time since 2013. The 38-year-old has 213 wickets in FC cricket, including six five-wicket hauls.
Sreesanth was serving a lifetime cricket ban for his alleged involvement in the 2013 Spotfixing IPL scandal, which was reduced to 7 years after multiple appeals. Sreesanth, who has appeared in 27 Tests, 53 ODIs and 10 T20Is for Team India, last played international cricket in August 2011.
Sreesanth was acquitted of all charges by a special court in 2015, after which the Kerala High Court overturned his life ban in 2018.
However, a High Court divisional bench restored the ban, prompting Sreesanth to appeal to the Supreme Court. While the Supreme Court upheld his guilt, the BCCI recommended reducing the sentence.
In August 2019, BCCI Ombudsman DK Jain reduced the lifetime ban to 7 years, which ended in September 2020.