Shanthakumaran Sreesanth is an Indian cricket player who was born on February 2, 1983 in Kothamangalam, Kerala. He was primarily a bowler for his team and bowled right handed medium fast bowling.
Sreesanth started his career as a leg spinner but later changed his style to a fast bowler. Former Kerala Ranji player Tinu Yohannan helped him to be selected in the National Cricket Academy in the year 2000.
His performance soon fetched him a place in the Kerala Ranji team against Goa in 2002-03 season. He was selected for South Zone as well in the Duleep Trophy after taking 22 wickets in Ranji matches.
He returned an year after recovering from a hamstring injury and took a hat-trick against Himachal Pradesh.
Sreesanth made his debut in ODI against England in 2005 where he struggled to take wickets. This led to him contribute to the bench strength after the match.
He made his test debut in March 2006, once again facing England on the opposition. He picked up four wickets in the match, all of then in the first innings.
Rise to Glory
Sreesanth was unnoticed by the cricket fans until the high voltage series against Pakistan in 2006 in which he bagged Man of the Match in fifth match after taking five wickets.
Sreesanth then helped India win their first test on South African soil in 2006 after he took 5 wickets to force the Proteas to bundle out at 84.
Even though he gave poor performance in the 2007 ICC World T20, he is remembered as the man who took the catch of Misbah ul Haq in the finals, and helped India lift the title.
Sreesanth was over expressive on field and had received numerous warnings for his behaviour on the field both by the BCCI and the ICC. He entertained the crowd by his dance moves as well, which costed him his match fees.
He remained away from cricket following injuries after 2008 and made guest appearances on the field thereafter. His involvement in the 2013 Indian Premier League Spot Fixing incident costed him his cricket career, after he was banned for lifetime by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
Sreesanth played for Kerala in Ranji Trophy and for Kings XI Punjab, Kochi Tuskers Kerala and Rajasthan Royals in the IPL. His inconsistent performance made him switch sides every two years and then the spot fixing incident ended his career altogetherr
Although Sreesanth has not retired officially, but the lifetime ban won't allow him to play cricket anymore. He has, therefore switched his attention to other activities.