Indian speedster S. Sreesanth has revealed his all-time favourite India XI in a recent interview with Wion. Sreesanth has been facing a seven-year ban for spot-fixing charges which will finally terminate on September 13 this year.
The 37-year old is working hard to secure his place for Kerala in the 2020-21 Ranji Trophy season, and he is hopeful about an international comeback too.
In the recent interview, Sreesanth opened up about a lot of things including his mental health, tumultuous past, how he is spending time at home, and picked up an exciting all-time playing XI for all formats.
The Kerala-born pacer had twice been a part of the World Cup-winning squad, and he shares a camaraderie with some of the finest Indian cricketers of the modern era.
He was full of praise for Suresh Raina and said that the southpaw “deserves a lot more appreciation.”
Instead of present captain Virat Kohli, Sreesanth chose Rohit Sharma as the main leader of his team in T20Is. “And with all due respect to Virat, Rohit will captain in T20s and Kohli can take the captain’s band in all other formats,” he said,
The reliable pair of Rohit and Shikhar Dhawan was picked as an opening batsman with Kohli at his natural No.3 position.
For the much-debated No.4 position, Sreesanth picked the explosive batsman Raina while KL Rahul was chosen as the fifth batsman in the pecking order.
Sreesanth went for Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja as the team’s all-rounder. On the bowling front, he selected Jasprit Bumrah and backed himself as the second fast bowler in the team. Kuldeep Yadav was preferred as a lone spinner.
Here’s the playing XI:
Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, KL Rahul, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Sreesanth