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Shanthakumaran Sreesanth


Shanthakumaran Sreesanth (born February 6, 1983 in Kothamangalam, Kerala, India), commonly known simply as Sreesanth and also nicknamed Gopu, is an Indian cricketer. He is a right-arm fast-medium-pace bowler and a right-handed tail-ender batsman.


Sreesanth was selected for his first Test squad in the home series against England in March 2006, in place of Zaheer Khan. He claimed 4/95 in his debut appearance in the 1st Test in Nagpur, where he opened the bowling with Irfan Pathan. He was ruled out of the second Test in Mohali due to illness, but recovered and captured five wickets as well a 29 with the bat in the Third Test in Mumbai. With the axing of Pathan, Sreesanth became India's leading pace bowler on the tour of the West Indies. He missed the second Test due to an injury but managed to claim his best match figures of 5/72 in the 4th Test in Kingston, Jamaica.

Sreesanth's most significant performance to date in Test cricket was his role in the 1st Test of India's 2006 tour to South Africa at Johannesburg. After losing the limited-overs series 4-0, Sreesanth produced took 5-40 in a display of pace and swing to help dismiss South Africa. This performance helped to bowl South Africans out for just 84, leading to first Indian win on South African soil, for which he was named man of the match. Again, Sreesanth's emotional antics, which have lead him to be regarded by some commentators as eccentric, were frequently noted. He was fined after breaching the ICC's advertising logo policy, and also for "conduct contrary to the spirit of the game" after sending off Hashim Amla after dismissing him. He was also involved in a confrontation while batting against paceman Andre Nel, responding to a taunt from the fast bowler by charging the next ball, hitting it for six, and then running after Nel to perform a dance.

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