Veteran pacer S Sreesanth on Monday picked up his first five-wicket match haul in List A format after a long gap of 15 years.

Veteran pacer S Sreesanth on Monday picked up his first five-wicket match haul in List A format after a long gap of 15 years. He achieved the feat in the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy while plying his trade for Kerala.

Sreesanth, who is making a return to domestic cricket after a gap of seven years after his life ban for IPL spot-fixing was overturned by the Supreme Court, returned figures of 5/65 against Uttar Pradesh in a Group C fixture.

Batting first, UP, on the back of Akshdeep Nath’s 68 and Abhishek Goswami’s 54, went on to stitch a total of 283 in 49.4 overs. Sreesanth has now bagged seven wickets in the tournament, having bagged two wickets in the first match against Odisha.

Kerala had defeated Odisha by 34 runs via VJD method in a rain-hit contest. So far, Sreesanth has featured in 87 List A matches and picked 113 wickets with career-best figures of 6/55.

Earlier, Sreesanth had registered for the IPL auction 2021 at a base price of Rs 75 lakh. However, his name got excluded by the pruned down list submitted by the eight franchises.

“It was honestly disappointing not to make the cut but I am really alright. If I can wait 8 years to make a comeback into cricket, I can wait for some more time. No more sympathies are needed because guys I am absolutely happy,” Sreesanth had said after the auction.

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