“My dream is to play 2019 World Cup for India. But I know it is next to impossible and it would be a miracle if I play in that World Cup” – Sreesanth
S Sreesanth was known as a fiery speedster with prodigious talent and that ‘never give up attitude’ in international cricket. Though the ordeal he has gone through after getting arrested in the IPL spot-fixing scandal in 2013 and being handed a life-ban by the BCCI has tempered him down, he told TOI during an interview that he still believes in his ability to stage comebacks. Excerpts:
You have been saying right throughout that you have been wrongly implicated in the case. Do you think justice has finally prevailed?
Actually, today I’m feeling much better than how I felt when I got my maiden call-up to the Indian team. It is a new life for me. Even the biggest of criminals don’t go through what I or my family went through. A small incident was portrayed in the wrong way in front of the world. Maybe that’s how the world works, I don’t know. No complaints though. Even people who have been found guilty by courts (Mohammad Amir) have gone on to play global events like the World T20 and Champions Trophy because of the support from ICC and their association. I just hope that happens in my career too.
So what is in store for you in the near future?
God has been extremely kind that I am getting another opportunity to work hard and get back into the Indian team. That will be my biggest challenge. The support from BCCI and KCA is very important. I am waiting for the green signal from the BCCI and KCA so that I can start practising again.
You also tried at your hand at politics and films in the last four years. Is your focus back to cricket now?
Absolutely. I concentrated on politics and movies because cricket was taken away from me. But the world knows Sreesanth as a cricketer and I too like to be remembered as a cricketer who gave everything on the field. So for me, the focus is very much back to cricket from today.