Well Done – Sreekumar Nair
Sreekumar NairI don’t think lot of people in Kerala knows who this Sreekumar Nair is. It is expected in a country where national players are worshipped as heroes and great state players who were unlucky to miss the national selection are looked upon as big zeros. I have always followed Sreekumar’s career with keen interest from the time he was selected to the Indian Under 19 World Cup Team in 1998. He played a match against England in that World Cup and scored 25 runs and took a wicket. He was selected to the India A team to play against the England in 2003 and he played for the India Green in the Challenger Trophy in 2005.
became the first Kerala batsman to score triple century in first class cricket. He scored an unbeaten 306 against Services
in the ongoing Ranji Trophy match in Palakkad. He batted 10 hours and 34 minutes and faced 462 balls to reach this mile stone. With his batting Sreekumar has shown his mental and physical strength to play long innings. Kerala Cricket Association honored him with Rs 1 lakh for his record breaking performance.
Kerala cricket team use to practice in the Vellayani Agricultural College ground that was adjacent to my house. I use to see young Sreekumar practicing for hours in that ground at the time he was selected to the Kerala cricket team. I still remember watching his first 5 wicket haul for Kerala. That came against Tamil Nadu and his wickets include S Ramesh, Sriram, Sharath, Hemant Badani and Robin Singh, all except Sharath played for India at some point of time.
I firmly believe that with little luck, Sreekumar could have already played for India. He is a genuine all-rounder in all sense. He came to the Kerala team as a bowler who can bat but now he has transformed himself into an all-rounder. Other than his Ranji Trophy matches for Kerala he rarely gets any chances to show his cricketing skills. I have seen him selected to South Zone team few times but always former Indian spinner Sunil Joshi gets selected ahead of Sreekumar in the playing eleven. It is sad to see that such a talent like Sreekumar gets wasted.
SREEKUMAR, CONTINUE WORKING HARD - AN INDIAN CAP IS WITHIN YOUR REACH.
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