Sreesanth confident of a quick return

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S. Sreesanth.
S. Sreesanth.

Sports Reporter

The pacer will play in Kerala’s Ranji Trophy Plate league semifinal

Sreesanth does not see a threat from Ishant Sharma

Coimbatore: He may not have found a place in the Indian team for the tour Down Under, but Indian fast bowler S. Sreesanth hopes to prove a point in Kerala’s Ranji Trophy Plate league semifinal against Railways in Ahmedabad, which begins on Christmas Day.

“Playing the Boxing Day Test in Australia is a big thing for any cricketer and obviously I am a bit disappointed. But, it’s all part of the game,” said Sreesanth, who was in Coimbatore to receive the Malabaricus Award of Excellence and a cheque of Rs. 3 lakh presented by the Gomovius Group of Companies.

The 24-year-old paceman from Kerala, who was left out due to a shoulder injury, was however confident of being back in the team. “I am undergoing a treatment (Ayurveda) for my shoulder and the recovery rate is very strong. I feel all of a sudden that I am getting the strength back because I am able to bowl a lot better. However, at the moment my focus is to stay fit and play for my State in the crucial Ranji semifinal.

Immediate focus

“I want to do well there and probably wait for the selectors to decide what next is in store for me,” said Sreesanth, who made it clear that he would not be undergoing a surgery for his shoulder.

Sreesanth did not see a threat from Ishant Sharma, who was in fine form in the recent Test against Pakistan, and Pankaj Singh. The two have found a place in the team for the Australian tour. “Both are young and hard working cricketers. In fact, Ishant was raring to go like how I was when as a 19-year-old. I have also seen Pankaj before, as he also from the MRF Pace Academy. They certainly deserve a place in the team,” he said.

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