S Sreesanth who made his comeback to domestic cricket after a long pause of 7 years, was criticized for the eye-stare incident against Mumbai’s Yashashvi Jaiswal. He made his comeback for Kerala in the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali Tournament. He picked up his first wicket in his first match against Puducherry but couldn’t perform well against Mumbai.
The match played between Kerala and Mumbai on 13 January, end with the fickle win of Kerala by 8 wickets. Kerala’s Mohammad Azharuddeen played the quick-witted knock of 137 in just 54 balls and lead his team to victory. Though Kerala won the match with 25 balls to spare, Sreesanth had an off day. In the spell of his four overs, he conceded 47 runs with an economy rate of 11.75. He tried to sledge Yashasvi Jaiswal who was looking in good touch that day, he stared at 19 years old youngster of Rajasthan Royals. But it backfired at him as Yashasvi hit two astonishing sixes off consecutive balls.
After which the video went viral of 37 years old pacer Sreesanth and people started backlashing against him. A fan took Twitter to criticize him and written: ” Sledging doesn’t make a world-class bowler.” Following this, Sreesanth came up with a heartfelt reply rather than being furious. He appreciated the fan for bringing this to his knowledge and also praised Yashasvi Jaiswal for his astonishing shots.
“Thanks a lot for the information… really appreciate, u took time out to write this. I always give the very best to every delivery, and that was some great pick-up shots and he is very good and he is gonna keep getting better’ proud of the way he plays and may God bless him and family”: Sreesanth replied.
Thnks a lot for the information..really appreciate ,u took time out to write this. I always give the very best to every delivery,and that was some great pick up shots nd he is a very good nd he is gonna keep getting better ,proud of the way he plays nd may god bless him nd family
— Sreesanth (@sreesanth36) January 14, 2021
After this, the fan replied to Sreesanth and wrote. “I just got a lesson from @sreesanth36 on how to deal with criticism on social media. He didn’t block me or deflect. Instead, he earned my respect.”
— Charles Assisi (@c_assisi) January 14, 2021