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Pacer is eyeing a return

New Delhi: He has two platinum nails inserted in his big toes and has cut down his run-up but pacer Sreesanth says he has “a lot of fire in my belly” as he prepares for his comeback to the national team.

The maverick bowler, who will turn 30 next month, faced the dark prospect of an end to his cricket career because of injuries in his toes suffered on the field. He has been off the field for 14 months during which he has undergone surgeries.

“Earlier, I had a 26-step run-up to the bowling crease but now I have reduced it to 23 steps. But I have not cut down on my pace. Even while playing for Kerala, I have consistently worked up a fair amount of pace. The only thing that I need right now is more consistency,” Sreesanth said.

Sreesanth said it was a fresh start for him and he was looking to make the most of it.

“This is a fresh start for me. I want to extract every ounce of enjoyment possible from the matches that I would play from now on. Be it for Kerala, India A or India, I don’t want to relax one bit. I have two platinum nails inserted in my big toes but I have a lot of fire in my belly,” he said. (PTI)