25 October 2005
In November 2004, Sreesanth entered the record books when he took a hat-trick against Himachal Pradesh in a Ranji trophy game. He was selected to represent India B in the Challenger Trophy in October 2005, a domestic limited-overs tournament. He performed impressively in that tournament, earning the Man of the Series award and being the leading wicket-taker (7) with the third best bowling average. This led to his selection to the Indian team for the home ODI series against Sri Lanka.