3 records Sreesanth could have broken if his career had not derailed. Most wickets by an Indian fast bowler in T20 World Cup

former indian cricketer Sreesanth Celebrating his 41st birthday on Tuesday, February 6. Born in Kothamangalam, Kerala, Sreesanth was known for his dynamic presence on the field and his eventful career in cricket and beyond. He made significant contributions during his six-year international career.

Of course, Sreesanth is one of the few Indian players who got the opportunity to win both the ODI World Cup (2011) and T20 World Cup (2007).

However, the right-arm pacer's journey was filled with triumphs as well as controversies. Sreesanth was known for his pace and ability to swing the ball and had the potential to achieve significant achievements in his career.

However, his involvement in off-field issues and his subsequent ban from cricket affected his ability to reach his full potential.

In this article, we take a hypothetical look at three records that Sreesanth might have broken had his career not been derailed.

#Third Indian fast bowler to take most test wickets against South Africa

3rd Test – India vs South Africa: Day 3

From his famous bat swing after hitting Andre Nel for a six to his dangerous bouncer off Jacques Kallis, Sreesanth created a strong rivalry with South Africa.

The Kerala-born fast bowler has always performed well against the Proteas and achieved great success with his 40 international wickets against them.

Sreesanth's career-defining spell also came against South Africa, where he destroyed their batting order and took 5 wickets for 40 runs, bowling out the hosts for just 83 runs. This gave India its first Test win in South Africa.

Overall, he took 31 wickets at an average of 33.70 in just six Test matches against the Rainbow Nation. Sreesanth last played in a Test against South Africa in 2011 and missed the resulting series in 2013 and 2015.

Had Sreesanth played in those series against South Africa, he could have overtaken Javagal Srinath's record of being the Indian fast bowler with the most Test wickets against South Africa. Srinath played 13 Tests against the Proteas and took 64 wickets while bowling in 25 innings.

#2 Joint second fastest Indian fast bowler to complete 100 Test wickets

England vs India: Sreesanth celebrates the wicket of Andrew Strauss during the fourth NPower Test.England vs India: Sreesanth celebrates the wicket of Andrew Strauss during the fourth NPower Test.
England vs India: Sreesanth celebrates the wicket of Andrew Strauss during the fourth NPower Test.

A major highlight of Sreesanth's bowling was his ability to express his emotions on every ball. His aggressive run-up, fiery glances and passionate celebrations were as much a part of his game as his swing and pace.

While his natural style leaned towards aggression, he understood the nuances of Test cricket and adjusted his approach accordingly.

Overall, Sreesanth played 27 Test matches and bowled 50 innings. In those games, he took 87 Test wickets at an impressive average of 20.19.

Had Sreesanth played one more game and taken 13 wickets, he would have surely become the joint second fastest Indian fast bowler to complete 100 Test wickets along with Irfan Pathan, who took 28 Tests to achieve the feat. For.

Prior to 2021, Kapil Dev was the fastest Indian fast bowler to achieve this feat, as he took 25 Tests to get his first 100 Test wickets.

To date, Jasprit Bumrah holds the record, as he took just 24 Tests to complete his 100 Test wickets in 2021.

#1 Most wickets by an Indian fast bowler in the T20 World Cup

Sreesanth and Gautam Gambhir during T20 World Cup 2007Sreesanth and Gautam Gambhir during T20 World Cup 2007
Sreesanth and Gautam Gambhir during T20 World Cup 2007

Sreesanth's famous catch of Misbah-ul-Haq to seal India's victory in the T20 World Cup 2007 has undoubtedly cemented its place among the most iconic moments in Indian cricket history.

Apart from catches, Sreesanth also contributed to India's success during the tournament as he took six wickets at an incredible economy rate of 7.95.

Unfortunately, his T20I career was cut short due to the 2013 spot-fixing scandal. Had he continued, he could have possibly achieved even more in the T20 arena.

Had Sreesanth improved his white-ball game further, he would have played a few T20 World Cups in 2014 and 2016.

Although Irfan Pathan holds the record for most wickets in the T20 World Cup by an Indian bowler (16 wickets), Sreesanth might have broken this record had he played more games in the prestigious competition.

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