16 June, 2021

As Sree’s Career Went Southward

This time he may have to throw in the towel for good

As Sree’s Career Went Southward

S. Sreesanth lived life on the edge. He loved fast cars, loud music, boogying with celebs and showing his raw nerves on the cricket field. His fans hated or loved him for his attitude, but his family and friends, and a few others in Kerala, where homegrown cricket stars are rare, cannot believe he is crooked. “He will never do anything like that,” says his brother Dipu Santham, still in shock, in Kochi. Sreesanth’s family says he begins his day with the Gayatri mantra. How a cricketer from a middle-class family from Kothamangalam swam the murky depths of spot-fixing, with its connections to the Mumbai underworld, is what fans can’t come to terms with. Many Keralites think he was India’s lucky charm—going for a few boundaries, true, but a match-winning strike bowler. “I continue to believe that Sreesanth is God-fearing and was trapped. Unless I get a full picture from the BCCI, I will believe in his innocence. Perhaps, someone used his name,” says Kerala Cricket Association president T.R. Balakrishnan.

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