5 Reasons why Sreesanth can still make a comeback to Indian team

Does the pacer have it in him to serve the country again?

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India bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

The much talked about subject yet again came into limelight as S Sreesanth wishes to make a comeback to the national side after a gap of 5 long years. Sreesanth has managed to hit more headlines than his fellow mates in what has been an eventful career so far. In his early days, Sreesanth impressed everyone by his mainstream action which helped him to feature in over 80 International matches and picked over 150 wickets at an economy of under 6.

However, just when selectors were looking him as a promising fast bowler, he was reported to be involved in spot fixing in the sixth edition of Indian Premier League.

After a stint of almost four years, The Kerala High Court lifted the ban on the veteran fast bowler S Sreesanth stating there was no evidence found against him in IPL spot-fixing case. This verdict incandescent a ray of hope for Sreesanth’s career and he personally believes that he stands a chance to represent national team in a month’s time.

According to the reports, Sreesanth seems to be targeting South African tour which is scheduled to start in January next year. Sreesanth is seen working regressively with the full fortitude to fulfill the lost dream.

Here are the reasons which can help the speedster to make a comeback

#1 Ability to extract bounce

The right-arm fast bowler uses his tall frame to good effect extracting bounce even on docile tracks. Line and Length being his forte, Sreesanth will be looking to lead the bowling attack from the front and utilize all his experience to regain the lost hope.

Sreesanth is best remembered for his delivery to dismiss Jacques Kallis at Durban with a ball that took off from a length and troubled the pillar of South African cricket. He last played a Test match against England in 2011 and has been out of the side due his troublesome toes. His ability to surprise opposition can well help him to rewind the clock four years back.

#2 Aggression

The wide shouldered fast bowler has not only been able to impress with his skiddy pace and rhythm but also with his aggression. He has made into the headlines more because of his style of celebration and less for records. His positive attitude towards mighty Australians has always been a treat to watch.

He made his debut against Sri Lanka in 2005 and the most pertinent thing which came into focus of attention was his aggression on the field. This can prove to be a blessing for him personally and for Indian team. His aggressiveness has helped him in past and It will be interesting to see whether it helps him to make his contention stronger in present.

#3 Whopping stats against Proteas

The reason which definitely falls in his favor is his impressive stats against South Africa. Sreesanth has featured in nine Test matches and picked 31 wickets at an average of 33.70 which include two fifers. His track record in limited overs has been decent and picked six wickets in five matches.

South African conditions demand pace bowling and India’s current crop bowlers are honing their skills and look firm to play in those conditions. It will be interesting to see if Sreesanth finds a way with core bowlers.

#4 Hunger to represent Indian jersey

34-year-old lad still has that hunger to wear the Indian jersey which helps an individual to understand his passion for the game. The veteran fast bowler sees the era of darkness changing into an era of sunshine and wishes to tick all boxes. He will be waiting for just one opportunity to knock his way which eventually will help him to prove his stature again.

So, despite all allegations against him, Sreesanth remains a fine bowler, with a magnificent upright seam position and has the ability to serve Indian cricket for a long run. The speedster is optimistic about his age and believes that he has the fitness to represent the country a few years down the line.

#5 Can take inspiration from Mohammad Amir

Sreesanth can definitely find success like Amir as when Mohammad Amir made a comeback, he had to deal with many comparisons but he proved his critics wrong after his consistent run for Pakistan.

Sreesanth might go down and follow the path on which Amir has already walked. Second chances are a vital component of life. If BCCI agrees to open the doors for the 34-year-old lad, he will look to redeem himself to remove the black patch on his career.