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Sreesanth in the field for India on the first day of their tour game against Somerset at County Ground, Taunton
Personal information
Full name Shanthakumaran Sreesanth Nair
Born (1983-02-06) February 6, 1983 (age 38)
Kothamangalam, Kerala, India
Nickname Sree, Gopu
height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Beat Right handed
bowling Right arm fast-medium
role bowler
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 253) March 1, 2006 against England
Last test 18 August 2011 against England
ODI debut (cap 162) October 25, 2005 against Sri Lanka
Last ODI April 2, 2011 against Sri Lanka
ODI shirt no. 36
T20I debut (cap 10) December 1, 2006 against South Africa
Last T20I February 1, 2008 against Australia
Information on the domestic team
Years team
2002–2013, 2020– present Kerala
2008–2010 Kings XI Punjab
2009 Warwickshire
2011 Kochi Tuskers Kerala
2013 Rajasthan Royals
Career statistics

Shanthakumaran Nair Sreesanth (Debate ( help · info ) , born February 6, 1983) is an Indian cricketer and film actor who has played all forms of the game. He is a right-armed, fast, medium-paced bowler and a right-handed batsman. He currently plays in top notch cricket for Kerala. He played in the Indian Premier League (IPL), played for Rajasthan Royals. He is also the first Kerala Ranji player to play Twenty20 cricket for India. The ban, which was initially banned for life after the spot fixing in the IPL 2013, was shortened to seven years in August 2019. In 2020 he will be selected again for the Kerala cricket team and will resume his career in national cricket. In 2018 he participated in the popular reality show Bigg Boss part and finished second.  

Personal life

Sreesanth was born on February 6, 1983 to Santhakumaran Nair and Savithri Devi. He has an older brother and two older sisters. His brother Dipu Santhan owns a music company in Kochi and his eldest sister Nivedita is a television actress in Kerala. Sreesanth's older sister Divya married Madhu Balakrishnan, a famous South Indian play singer.

On December 12, 2013, Sreesanth married his girlfriend Bhuvneshwari Kumari from Jaipur's Shekhawat family at the Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple in Kerala. Bhuvneshwari Kumari aka Nain Shekhawat is the daughter of Hirendra Singh Shekhawat and Muktha Singh.

Early years

Sreesanth was initially a leg spinner in his childhood and based himself on India's leading test wicket taker Anil Kumble, who was to become his test captain. However, his habit of bowling Yorkers led him to switch to fast bowling after being encouraged by his older brother. On the trail of fellow Kerala fast bowler Tinu Yohannan, who deserved selection at the Cricket Academy in 2000, Sreesanth was selected for the MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai. He then made his first-class debut against Goa in the 2002/03 season. In seven games of the Ranji Trophy he won 22 wickets and won the selection for the South Zone in the squad of the Duleep Trophy that same season.

He was selected in a tour match against the New Zealand visiting team in Rajkot for the Indian A-team. He claimed a wicket in twelve overs after being restricted with a hamstring injury. He also missed five Ranji Trophy games that season, although he was still out with the team for away games. This led to rumors that an astrologer convinced him to take a break from competition in order to maintain his longevity in the sport, which Sreesanth categorically denied, claiming he was only exercising to regain his fitness.

In November 2004, Sreesanth entered the record books when he scored a hat trick against Himachal Pradesh in a Ranji trophy game. He was selected to represent India B in the October 2005 Challenger Trophy, a domestic limited overs tournament. He showed an impressive performance in this tournament, was awarded the Man of the Series Award and was the leading wicket taker (7) with the third best bowling average. This led to his selection for the Indian team for the home ODI series against Sri Lanka.

ODI career

Sreesanth received the new ball in the first ODI against Sri Lanka in Nagpur. After receiving early punishment from Kumar Sangakkara and Sanath Jayasuriya, Sreesanth returned to claim his first two ODI wickets at the end of the game. He was expelled from the team and later recalled for the fourth, fifth and sixth ODI when coach Greg Chappell tinkered with the line-up. He was kept in the squad, but did not play in the 5-match series against South Africa, but played all five matches on the tour to Pakistan and recorded a move of 4/58 at the fifth ODI against the Pakistani cricket team in Karachi. A good home run against England in April 2006, winning 10 wickets averaging 16.3, including a career best of 6/55 in the final at Indore (where he was awarded the Man of the Game award [2 ])]), led him to receive a BCCI assignment in Class C in May.

His disappointing frugality led to his being expelled from the 14-man squad of the ICC Champions Trophy. The beneficiary was RP Singh. With Ajit Agarkar's injury later in the tournament, he unexpectedly returned to the blue squad. He was also off the Indian ODI team for the England tour.

At the 2011 World Cricket Championship, Sreesanth was selected due to an injury to Praveen Kumar. It was expensive in the first game without a wicket with 53 runs in 5 overs. He was selected in the finals where he gave away 52 runs in 8 wicketless overs.

Testing career

Sreesanth at an event in 2012.

Sreesanth was selected instead of Zaheer Khan for his first test squad in the home series against England in March 2006. He claimed 4/95 on his debut appearance in the 1st Test in Nagpur, where he opened bowling with Irfan Pathan. He was excluded from the second test in Mohali due to illness, but recovered and captured five wickets and a 29 * with the bat in the third test in Mumbai. With the ax of Pathan, Sreesanth became India's premier bowler on the West Indies tour. He missed the second test due to an injury, but achieved his best match numbers of 5/72 in the fourth test in Kingston, Jamaica.

Sreesanth plays for India against Somerset in 2011.

Sreesanth's most significant test cricket achievement to date was his role on the first Test of India tour to South Africa in 2006 in Johannesburg. After losing the Limited Overs series 4-0, Sreesanth picked up pace and momentum 5:40 to sack South Africa. That feat helped play the South Africans out for just 84, resulting in the first Indian win on South African soil for which he was named Man of the Game. Again, Sreesanth's emotional antics were frequently noticed, which has led to his being viewed as eccentric by some commentators. He was punished for violating the International Cricket Council's guidelines for advertising logos and for "behavior contrary to the spirit of the game" after he was dismissed from Hashim Amla after his release. He was also embroiled in a high profile confrontation when he beat up Paceman André Nel. Nel delivered a series of quick balls to Sreesanth's torso and after Sreesanth awkwardly dodged a delivery, mocked him by pointing to his chest, indicating that Sreesanth lacked courage. On the next ball, Sreesanth gave him the attack and hit the ball straight over the bowler's head into the stands for a six. Then he enthusiastically whirled his bat and danced down the wicket, making fun of Nel and performing a dance. Sreesanth later said he would not repeat anything like this as he could be suspended for violating the code of conduct. Although he was not punished for the Nel incident, he was fined 30% of the game fee for running towards Hashim Amla after picking up his wicket and wearing a branded garment under his jersey.

Sreesanth was controversial again on the fourth day of the second test of the 2007 India tour to England at Trent Bridge. He was fined half his gaming fee for deliberately butting English captain Michael Vaughan on the shoulder as he returned to his destination. He also threw a beamer at batsman Kevin Pietersen, which he had to drastically grab to avoid. However, Sreesanth apologized immediately afterwards. After the match, he said the ball slipped out of his hand. Shortly thereafter, he threw a no-ball, exceeding the crease by about four feet, leading to speculation that this was deliberate. The delivery was a bouncer to Paul Collingwood. Former England captain Michael Atherton called for Sreesanth to be banned from the Pietersen projector, saying Sreesanth couldn't control his emotions on the field.

After Sreesanth was eliminated from the Indian team for about a year and a half, he was recalled in November 2009 to play the home test series against Sri Lanka. Sreesanth played the second Test at Kanpur and picked up five wickets in the first innings which helped India win the match with innings and 144 runs. Sreesath was named Man of the Game for having six wickets in the game. After the match, Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni praised him as one of the best bowlers in reverse swing.

World Twenty20 Championship, 2007

In September 2007, Sreesanth joined the Indian team in South Africa for the first Twenty20 World Cup after missing the one-day streak in England. Although his performance in the tournament lacked consistency, Sreesanth managed a breakthrough at critical points that was crucial for the success of his team. During the semi-final game against Australia, which India won, Sreesanth got the decisive goals from Australian openers Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden. The latter proved crucial in turning the game in India's favor. His Spell of 2-12 was named the third best T20I bowling achievement of the year by ESPNCricinfo voters. Sreesanth proved expensive with the ball in the final against Pakistan but became the center of Indian festivities when he held onto the catch in the final game that ended Pakistan's innings and made India World Twenty20 champions.


In August 2009, Sreesanth signed a contract with Warwickshire for the remainder of the English season.

Indian Premier League

Sreesanth is associated with the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League. In the 2008 inaugural edition of the IPL, Sreesanth became the tournament's second largest wicket taker after Sohail Tanveer, claiming 18 wickets. Sreesanth didn't appear until the second half of the 2009 IPL edition. He couldn't play the first few games of the season due to a stress break. He left Kings XI Punjab after the 2010 Indian Premier League and signed for Kochi for the 2011 competition. He signed for Rajasthan Royals for the 2012 competition. But he didn't play in 2012 due to injuries. Rajasthan Royals terminated their contract when their spot fixing controversy came to light during the 2013 IPL competition.

Confrontation with Harbhajan Singh

On April 25, 2008, after the victory of his King XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League against the Mumbai Indians in Mohali, Sreesanth was struck under his eyes by Harbhajan Singh, the captain of Mumbai. The incident came to light when, ahead of the presentation ceremony, Sreesanth was caught by television cameras sobbing inconsolably in the field. Sreesanth later downplayed the incident, saying he had no complaints against Harbhajan, who was "like an older brother" to him. Harbhajan's team had lost their third game in a row when he apparently reacted violently to Sreesanth's approach and said "bad luck". The IPL banned Harbhajan for the remainder of the tournament and forbade him to collect his salary after he was found guilty. The BCCI opened a separate investigation into the incident and decided to ban Harbhajan for five ODIs for violating the code of conduct in his national contract. In Australia earlier this year, Sreesanth stated that he would maintain an aggressive stance on the cricket field: "Sreesanth's way is to be aggressive. Sreesanth will always be Sreesanth."

Accusation and arrest on site

On May 16, 2013, Delhi police arrested Sreesanth and two of his Rajasthan Royals teammates, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan from Mumbai, for spot fixing during IPL 6. Jiju Janardhan, another key figure charged with spot fixing, is believed to be Sreesanth's cousin and a Gujarat player under 22. On May 17, 2013, according to police, Sreesanth confessed to the spot fixation. However, Sreesanth has always claimed that he is innocent and that he was forced to sign statements of confession.

Police reported that Sreesanth was drunk at the time of his arrest and thought he was being arrested for being drunk. When he was intercepted by Delhi police, he was reportedly escorted by a woman in an SUV outside a five-star hotel on Carter Road Promenade in Mumbai.

Sreesanth and the other two players accused of spot fixing had suspended their Rajasthan Royals contracts pending investigations. On September 13, 2013, Sreesanth and Ankeet Chavan were banned for life by the BCCI Disciplinary Committee.

In July 2015 he was acquitted in the case of the spot fixing.

On October 18, 2017, the Kerala High Court restored Sreesanth to life.

In March 2019, the Supreme Court of India "lifted" the ban on life imposed on him by the BCCI. The country's Apex court asked the BCCI to "reconsider" and "reconsider" the duration of a new ban. Subsequently, the BCCI reduced its ban to 7 years, which meant that it could play all forms of the game from September 13, 2020.

Comeback after the ban

Since the ban on life had been reduced to a seven-year ban, Sreesanth had already spoken of "doing everything to get back on the field". The ban officially ended on September 13, 2020. Sreesanth was selected on the Kerala team for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and the Vijay Hazare Trophy in 2021.

Official warnings

Sreesanth is known for his exuberant and emotional demeanor, especially when approaching Wickets and partying. He was warned several times for indiscipline on and off the cricket field and was often punished for violating the International Cricket Council's code of conduct. In October 2009, the BCCI Sreesanth issued a final warning that any repetition of its Code of Conduct violations could result in drastic measures such as a ban on domestic cricket. Subsequently, the Kerala Cricket Association issued a final warning of repeated violations of its code of conduct after Sreesanth failed to show up at the Kerala Ranji Trophy team camp in Kannur.

In November 2009, however, Sreesanth was appointed to the test squad for the first two games against Sri Lanka after leaving the national team for more than 18 months. He replaced Ishant Sharma for the second Test at Kanpur, where his five wickets in the first innings of the game earned him the Man of the Match Award and helped India win the Test Match by innings and 144 runs.


Correct name

Sreesanth's full name has caused some confusion in the English-language media. He was variously referred to as "Sree Sreesanth", "Sri Sreesanth", "Shantha Sreesanth". and "Shanthakumaran Sreesanth". He has also stated in the past that he wanted to be known as "Sree Santh". In September 2007, Sreesanth said his name was just "Sreesanth" and the other variations were wrong:

"It's Sreesanth. There is no Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, there is no S. Sreesanth. Recently there was this role where they called me Sree Sreesanth, then Sree, and finally Sreesanth. It's just Sreesanth."

Decision and cancellation of the name change

When his form collapsed in 2006, Sreesanth had tried to change his luck, by on numerological advice his name in Sreesunth changed . He later stated that for sentimental reasons, he would not change the name. The word "Santh" in his name is derived from the name of his father Santhakumaran Nair.

Film career

Television career

In 2008 he appeared on the reality show with Surveen Chawla Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena part.

In 2014, Sreesanth participated in its seventh season on the Dance Reality Show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa part. He survived 5 weeks before he was eliminated.

In 2018, Sreesanth took on as a celebrity contestant on the twelfth season of Bigg Boss part, the Indian version of the reality TV show Big brother in which he ended up second on the show. His stay at the house was very controversial and he became the most controversial contestant of the season and one of the most controversial contestants on the show in general. While making close friends with roommates like season winners Dipika Kakar and Shivashish Mishra, he often fought ugly fights with most of the other roommates and even guests, including season 11 contestant Vikas Gupta, and threatened to leave the house 299 times . His performance on assignments was also questioned. None of this detracted from his popularity, however, and he was lauded by a large number of followers, celebrities, former candidates, and even roommates for his innocence and straightforward demeanor. Sreesanth has also relived many events in his cricket career on the show, including the Slapgate and Spotfixing incidents.

Political career

On March 25, 2016, Sreesanth joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He objected and lost the Kerala general election by Thiruvananthapuram. He secured a total of 34,764 votes, but lost the election to VS Sivakumar of the Congress by 11,710 votes.


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