S. Sreesanth, a former Indian sprinter, has been added to the IPL 2022 Auction list. For the huge event, which is planned to take place in Bengaluru on February 12 and 13, the “Kerala Express” has put its price in the 50,00,000 INR range.
After making his India debut in 2005, the tearaway quick has had quite the ride. His last IPL participation was in 2013 when he played for Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings), Kochi Tuskers Kerala, and finally Rajasthan Royals (RR).
Sreesanth got caught up in a spot-fixing and betting scandal that rocked the IPL, and the Board of Control for Cricket in India issued him a life ban (BCCI). After the honourable Supreme Court urged the BCCI to reassess the term of the suspension, it was lowered to seven years in 2019.
Sreesanth made a comeback in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy for the 2020-21 season and registered for the IPL 2021 Auction. His name, however, did not appear on the final list of athletes who were auctioned off.
3 reasons why Sreesanth may get a franchise at the IPL 2022 Auction
The IPL has revealed the final list of players who will be auctioned off in Bengaluru on February 12 and 13. There are 590 players on the list, including 370 Indians and 220 from other countries.
Sreesanth has a chance to return to the IPL now that he is back in the reckoning and a part of the IPL 2022 Auction. We look at three reasons why he may earn a bid:
Sreesanth enters the IPL 2022 Auction with a wealth of experience under his belt, which will serve him well when it comes to dealing with pressure.
Experienced players, especially in the bowling sector, are always worth their weight in gold. With this in mind, given the scarcity of proven Indian seamers on the roster, clubs may turn to Sreesanth.
The Power Play Exponent
In the T20 format, fast-bowlers who can extract movement with the new ball are constantly in demand. As a result, the IPL teams might consider Sreesanth a Powerplay exponent.
Consider his return game in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in 2020-21. In a match between Kerala and Pondicherry, the seamer turned back the clock by dismissing Fabid Ahmed in the fourth over with a ripping outswinger.
That, combined with a five-for-five performance in the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2020-21, demonstrated that he still has enough gas in the tank. He might be a significant option for clubs to consider in the IPL 2022 Auction if he is employed as a Power Play exponent.
The fire within him
Sreesanth, who has indicated his desire to return to the Indian system, has been waiting a long time. While his age may be working against him in that aspect, the fire in his gut hasn’t dimmed.
He’ll be anxious to make a statement and prove to the world that he’s still got it in him. And what better platform to help him than the IPL?
The type of mentality he may bring to a squad could entice organizations to pursue him. As a result, there’s a good probability he’ll get a bid or two in the IPL 2022 Auction.