Life is not a bed of roses, they say. Ask S Sreesanth and he will tell why. The Kerala speedster has seen it all and while he has had his moments of glory, they have been sandwiched in between some great trials and tribulations. Another one of his highs has now been immediately followed by a low.
While Sreesanth made a return to red-ball cricket by featuring in Kerala's first-round Ranji Trophy game, he sustained an injury during practice ahead of the second and had to miss out. Moreover, the reported injury is so serious that he could miss at least two weeks of action, having cracked a bone on his left shoulder.
The T20 and ODI World Cup-winning member of the Indian team shared a post on social media where he could be seen resting on a hospital bed. The image shared seems to be a screengrab from a friend who might have come to visit him. It had the text: "get well soon, bro you have overcome so many hurdles and this is nothing."
The 39-year-old fast bowler earlier went unsold in the IPL Mega Auction. However, a day after the bidding war concluded in Bengaluru, he shared a video of himself singing a motivational Kishore Kumar song. The song which Sreesanth was heard singing was: "Ruk jana nahin tu kahin haar ke" which roughly translates to "never stop the pursuit of your dreams."
Although Sreesanth was included in the Ranji Trophy squad, a few known names missed out. Cricketer Robin Uthappa reportedly opted out of the first-class season, wicketkeeper Mohammed Azharuddeen was also handed a rest.
As far as their position in the Ranji Trophy is concerned, Kerala won the first match in which Sreesanth picked 2/40 by an innings and 166 runs against Meghalaya. They also went on to win the second game in his absence by 8 wickets.
They will next face Madhya Pradesh in the four-day fixture starting from March 3.