<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Sreesanth states days on wheelchair as 'darkest days' of his life" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130104153511.jpg" title="Sreesanth states days on wheelchair as 'darkest days' of his life" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> S Sreesanth led the Kerala attack in the Ranji Trophy recently after a gap of 14 months © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>By Kushan Sarkar<br /> <br /> New Delhi: Jan 4, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> Back from two career-threatening injuries, pacer <a href="/tags/S-Sreesanth/post" target="_blank">S Sreesanth</a> says that months spent on wheelchair prior to his comeback to first-class cricket were the "darkest" of his life.<br /> <br /> When Sreesanth led the <a href="/tags/Kerala/post" target="_blank">Kerala</a> attack in the <a href="/tags/Ranji-Trophy/post" target="_blank">Ranji Trophy</a> recently, he was doing so after a gap of 14 months.<br /> <br /> "Who says men don't cry? I used to sob like a baby as I was forced to move around in a wheelchair for two months after twin surgeries on my toes," an emotional Sreesanth told PTI during an interview from his hometown Kochi on Friday.<br /> <br /> "To be honest, I started thinking that probably, I won't be able to play cricket again. It was such a scary thought.<br /> <br /> Those 14 months were the darkest phase of my life," he added.<br /> <br /> Sreesanth was indebted to the support he received from various quarters.<br /> <br /> "After two months on wheelchair, I had to walk around in crutches for another three months. Thanks to <a href="/tags/BCCI/post" target="_blank">BCCI</a>, <a href="/tags/Kerala-Cricket-Association/post" target="_blank">Kerala Cricket Association</a> and NCA for standing by me in crisis period. The moment, I announced that I am fully fit, Kerala CA didn't think twice before selecting me," he said.<br /> <br /> The maverick pacer will be playing for India 'A' against <a href="/tags/England/post" target="_blank">England</a> at the Palam ground on Sunday.<br /> <br /> "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 added.<br /> <br /> "Earlier, I used to think that there are days where I can relax. But now I know that life is fickle. You have to give your hundred per cent as long as it lasts."<br /> <br /> So what did he do during the break? The man, who is now a month shy of his 30th birthday, said, "As I got busy with my cricketing commitments, I had stopped penning my thoughts in a diary. I would write about each day of my life during that phase. Watch the CDs of my good performances for India. We have a rock band and did a bit of jamming and yes, prayed a lot."<br /> <br /> Has this injury forced any technical change in his bowling, he said, "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."