Former India cricketer S. Sreesanth recently made a bold statement, claiming that had he been part of the Virat Kohli-led team, Team India would have won the World Cup. However, Virat Kohli has led India in two ICC events – the 2019 ODI World Cup and the 2021 T20 World Cup. While India crashed out of the 2019 event after losing the semi-finals to New Zealand by 18 runs, Team India were eliminated in the group stage during the 2021 mega event as well.
“If I would have been a part of the team under Virat’s captaincy, India would have won the World Cup,” Sreesanth has said in the new season of CricChat on the ShareChat Audio Chatroom.
The former pace bowler has also added that whoever he has guided, including Sanju Samson and Sachin Baby, are doing well in the sport now. Sreesanth also recalled standing with an emotional Sachin Tendulkar after Team India won the 2011 ODI World Cup under MS Dhoni’s leadership, saying: “We won that World Cup for Sachin Tendulkar.”
Sreesanth also shared how he mastered the trick of bowling deadly yorkers throughout his cricketing journey. “It is important to visualise while playing and small regions do not make any difference. Rather it is better to learn such tricks here, given there are a few distractions. My coach taught me how to throw yorkers with tennis balls. If you ask (Jasprit) Bumrah, he’ll say that it is easy too,” he concluded.
However, Sreesanth announced his retirement from domestic cricket in March earlier this year as well.