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    Recovering Sreesanth unsure of playing in IPL

    Mumbai: Indian fast bowler S Sreesanth, who is recovering from a toe injury, is unsure if he will be fit in time to participate in the fifth Indian Premier League, to be held from April 4.

    "I don't know (if I will be fit for the IPL). Maybe, maybe not. I don't want to say anything on that," the Kerala pacer, who will turn 29 next month, told PTI.

    "I'm doing okay. Another nine frustrating weeks. I have to make sure I do my training properly at the National Cricket Academy. I have to make sure that I go through that process and wait for that opportunity."

    "I have two hours of training everyday. I lost almost 11 kgs in the past six weeks. Physio Ashish Kaushik is overseeing my training. It's going well but I have to be patient. It's part of your cricket career," he said.

    "Hopefully, I will be back soon. I don't want to keep a date as such (for my comeback)," added Sreesanth, who played for the disbanded Kochi Tuskers Kerala in the previous season of the T20 tournament.

    The players of the Kerala franchisee will be put up at the IPL players auction, to be held in Bangalore on February 4.

    The temperamental fast bowler came to the defence of the beleaguered Indian side, which is on the verge of its second successive overseas Test rubber whitewash in Australia, saying that the team has given its best and one should respect that.

    "Everyone goes through a tough phase. We have got to respect that. It's the effort that matters, not the result. Prior to England, we didn't lose a (Test) match in the last two years, which is almost impossible for an international team these days. But we are going through a tough phase. Everybody wants to keep improving but such things happen. That's what international cricket is all about," he said.

    "All I can say is everybody is giving their best. Results do matter but the quality of effort also matters. They are doing well in that regard."

    Sreesanth, who has played 26 Tests and 53 ODIs taking 84 and 75 wickets respectively since his debut in October 2005, said though he was disappointed not to play more matches, he had no regrets.

    "So it is disappointing but it's all about body bio-mechanics. I started as a leg spinner. I took up fast bowling only nine years ago when I was 19 and in that time I have played for India. So I have no regrets," he said.

    The cricketer expressed happiness with the current crop of fast bowlers turning up for India. "Its a good sign. Even when we train, we have to train hard because of the competition," he said.