S Sreesanth Biography – An idiosyncratic paceman with an aggressive approach to bowling, S Sreesanth set himself in the Indian team at the most unexpected period. Being a constant part of the team, Sreesanth was expensive at some times but mostly honed to take important wickets for his team. A highly skillful pacer, Sreesanth had a souring but impactful career.
Sreesanth played for the Indian national cricket team in all the formats of the game. Sreesanth is a Right-Arm fast-medium bowler and a tail-ender batsman. Sreesanth played domestic cricket for the Kerala cricket team and he became the first player from Kerala to play a T-20 International match. Sreesanth was a fierce and aggressive pacer.
S Sreesanth Biography – Cricketing Career & Personal Life
Shanthakumaran Nair Sreesanth, popularly known as S Sreesanth, was born on 6th February 1983. His father Santhakumaran Nair is a renowned businessman and his mother Savithri Devi is a homemaker. Sreesanth’s elder brother Dipu Santhan owns a music company based in Kochi whereas his sister Nivedita is a regional television actress.
Sreesanth’s elder sister Divya is married to a famous South Indian playback singer Madhu Balkrishnan. Sreesanth had a keen interest in cricket and acting. He was inspired to take up cricket after watching the Indian team play on the television. Sreesanth’s brother played a major role in encouraging him to take up cricket as a profession.
- Age: 38 Years
- Height: 5’11”
- Weight: 80 kg
- Alma Mater: Kothamangalam School, Kerala
- Mentor: Dipu Santhan
S Sreesanth Early Days
S Sreesanth was inspired by Indian legendary leg-spinner Anil Kumble and he began his professional cricket coaching as a leg-spinner. However, his brother Dipu witnessed the yorker bowling ability of the young man and insisted he practice fast bowling. Sreesanth respected his brother’s suggestion and the rest is history.
S Sreesanth Domestic Career
S Sreesanth performed for his club team and subsequently made his debut for the Kerala team at the Ranji Trophy 2002-03. Sreesanth played his match against Goa and bowled magnificently. He had a splendid debut season as he scalped 22 wickets in 7 wickets. This gained Sreesanth’s name in the selector’s eyes as he was called to represent India A team.
Sreesanth made his List-A debut for India A against New Zealand but his inaugural match was restricted to only 12 overs as he sustained a hamstring injury. Sreesanth made a comeback for the Kerala team in the 2003-04 Ranji Trophy season. Sreesanth gained attention for his spectacular performance in the domestic season 2004.
Sreesanth achieved a remarkable landmark after he claimed a hat-trick against Himachal Pradesh at a Ranji Trophy match in November 2004. This led to his selection at NKV Salve Challengers Trophy where he represented the India B team in October 2005. Sreesanth won the Man of the Series Award for being the leading wicket-taker at the Challengers Trophy.
This was truly the turning point of Sreesanth’s career as he was soon inducted into the National Team for the home series against Sri Lanka.
S Sreesanth International Career
Sreesanth made his debut against Sri Lanka in 2005. Sreesanth had a blissful start to his international career and picker up a few wickets to retain his spot in the national team. In the 53 ODI matches that he played for India, Sreesanth claimed 75 wickets. He registered his best bowling figures of 6/55 against England in 2006.
ICC Champions Trophy 2006
Sreesanth made an unexpected entry in the Indian team for the Champions Trophy 2006 despite inconsistent performances and health. Sreesanth was lucky to replace critical pieces from the Indian team as Ajit Agarkar was injured before the championship. Sreesanth was however left out of the squad for his sloppy bowling and economy rate.
ICC T-20 World Cup 2007
A majority of senior players skipped the shorter format championship, Sreesanth was picked in India’s squad for the T-20 World cup that was led by MS Dhoni. Sreesanth registered clinical bowling figures at the World Cup and was picked over senior bowlers for the final against Pakistan. It was Sreesanth who took the catch of Misbah-ul-Haq where Indian won the inaugural T-20 World Cup in 2007.
ICC World Cup 2011
Sreesanth’s fortune has always starred him on crucial occasions. Owing to the injury of regular pacer Praveen Kumar, Sreesanth was picked in the victorious Indian squad for the 2011 World Cup. After registering a couple of five-wicket hauls, Sreesanth was left out of the XI for his unfruitful economic rate. However, he was picked in the final against Sri Lanka where he registered a devastating bowling figure of 55/0 in his 5 overs.
S Sreesanth was a fierce pacer and marked a gripping Test career. Sreesanth made a striking start to his career as he grabbed a five-wicket haul against England on his debut. He continued to perform better as he picked up a five-wicket haul against West Indies and South Africa, where India won its first test match on South African soil.
Sreesanth represented the Indian team in 27 test matches and picked up 80 wickets in his career. He played his last match against England on 18th August 2011.
Sreesanth made his T-20 debut against Sri Lanka in 2006. He had a short-lived T-20 career as he played only 10 matches and claimed seven wickets including two of Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden. He was the strike bowler for India in the semifinal against Australia at the 2007 T-20 World Cup but was expensive in the final against the arch-rivals Pakistan.
S Sreesanth IPL Career
Sreesanth was picked by the Kings XI Punjab franchise for the inaugural edition of IPL in 2008. Sreesanth was expensive yet impactful for the franchise but was released ahead of the 2010 season. He was then picked by the Rajasthan Royals franchise but failed to captivate on the opportunity as he was arrested following match-fixing allegations and banned from playing professional cricket for ten years.
S Sreesanth Wife
Sreesanth married his longtime girlfriend Bhuvneshwari Kumari on 12th December 2013 in a private ceremony at Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple. Bhuvneshwari is also named Nain Shekhawat is the daughter of Hirendra Singh Shekhawat and Mukhtar Singh. The two share a mesmerizing bond and are happy together.
S Sreesanth Net Worth
The estimated net worth of Sreesanth is Rs. 8 crores. Sreesanth has earned a significant part of his invoke through his short-lived professional cricket career and his acting career for various television shows. He has also done some brand endorsements while in his soaring career.
Sreesanth owns a lucrative house in Thiruvanthapuram in Kerala and has premium wheels including a BMW and a few bikes.
S Sreesanth Controversies
Sreesanth has been caught up in many controversies in his unfortunate career. Here is the list of controversies where Sreesanth found himself in trouble:
#Controversy 1: Disrespectful Behavior
S Sreesanth faced severe backlash in a tour test match against South Africa in 2006. Sreesanth was fined 30% of his match fees for breaching the ICC’s advertising logo policy and conducting eccentric behavior during the test match. Sreesanth wore a branded garment under his national jersey and ran towards Hashim Amla teasingly.
#Controversy 2: Spat with Harbhajan Singh
Sreesanth had a bitter face-off against Harbhajan Singh at the inaugural season of IPL 2008. After Punjab defeated Mumbai, Sreesanth was caught celebrating that annoyed Harbhajan Singh who in turn slapped him. Sreesanth was caught sobbing inconsolably by the TV cameras. Though Sreesanth did not complain, Harbhajan was banned from the entire season.
#Controversy 3: IPL Spot Fixing
In an utter embarrassment for the pacer, Sreesanth was arrested following a spot-fixing allegation by the Delhi police along with his teammates Ajit Chandalia and Ankeet Chavan. Sreesanth confessed to the police that he was involved in the act in May 2013. Sreesanth was served with a life ban by the BCCI which was later uplifted to seven years by the Supreme court.
S Sreesanth Acting Career
Sreesanth was fond of acting right from his childhood. In 2008, Sreesanth participated in a reality show namely Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena alongside Surveen Chawla. After his life ban, Sreesanth participated in several reality television shows including Jhalak Dikhla Jaa, Khatron Ke Khiladi, and Bigg Boss where he stood as the runner-up.
S Sreesanth Political Career
S Sreesanth also showed his keen interest in politics as he contested the legislative assembly elections from the Thiruvanthapuram constituency in Kerala. Sreesanth had joined the incumbent ruling party BJP but lost the elections to Congress by a margin of 11,000 votes.
S Sreesanth Records and Achievements
- Sreesanth was the first pacer from Kerala to pick up a hattrick in a Ranji Trophy match.
- Sreesanth was named the Man of the Series at the Challengers Trophy in 2005.
- Sreesanth is one of the few bowlers to take a five-wicket haul on his test debut.
S Sreesanth Facts
- Sreesanth admires bowler Anil Kumble.
- Sreesanth is fond of acting and has worked in television series.
- Sreesanth loves to watch movies and listen to music.