Controversies and cricket do go hand-in-hand. The recent one was when former Australia captain Steve Smith and opener David Warner were slapped with respective bans for the sand-paper controversy.
The Indian players have also got involved in controversies and one of them was the famous ‘Slapgate’ incident involving Harbhajan Singh and S Sreesanth. Bhajji had allegedely slapped the fast bowler after an IPL game between KXIP and MI. Sree was a part of KXIP while Bhajji used to play for MI then.
While Srresanth was at the recieving end still the right-arm fast bowler ‘literally begged’ in front ot the IPL commissioner to not ban Harbhajan.
Sreesanth, during a Facebook Live session with CricketAddictor, said,” There came a time when I was literally crying and begging in front of the IPL commissioner and telling him not to ban or do anything with Harbhajan Singh.”
Sree even added that the two players even had a dinner after the incident but it got all hyped because of the media.
The fast bowler who was banned for reportedly having a hand in the spot-fixing scandal during the 2013 IPL season while playing for Rajasthan Royals was recently included in the Ranji squad for the Kerala side.
The right-handed fast bowler thanked the Kerala side. “I am really indebted to the KCA for giving me a chance. I will prove my fitness and storm back to the game. It is time for all controversies to take rest,” he said in Kochi.
Sreesanth has had successful career before he was banned by the BCCI. He was a part of the Indian setup that won the inaugural World T20 in 2007 and the ICC World Cup in 2011 under the captaincy of MS Dhoni. He even grabbed the final catch of Misbah-ul-Haq to see India won the first-ever T20 World Cup off Joginder Sharma.