Sreesanth reveals why he hates CSK to the core
Out-of-favour Sreesanth who is hitting the headlines for all the controversial reasons these days has said something recently which would certainly annoy staunch Chennai Super Kings’ fans.
S Sreesanth, whose life ban from the game of cricket over match-fixing allegations was recently scrapped by the Supreme Court of India, expressed his hatred towards Indian Premier League franchise Chennai Super Kings.
The right-arm fast bowler has had a controversial career in Indian Premier League, which was ruined by slap gate controversy involving Harbhajan Singh, a rumoured rift with Rajasthan Royals’ coach Paddy Upton including match-fixing charges, resulted in getting a life ban from cricket.
Upton, in his recently published autobiography, had mentioned that bowler abused him when he was not allowed to play in an IPL fixture against Chennai Super Kings. Sreesanth, in a recent interview to Indian Express, spoke about the rumoured rift with Upton and said that he wanted to play the game because of his hatred towards CSK franchise.
“Mr Upton, touch your heart and touch your kid’s heads, did I ever abuse you either during India team or in IPL? I want to ask the legend Rahul Dravid, someone whom I respect and love, when did I ever fight with him? When did I abuse with him the way Upton said in his book?” he said.
“I requested Upton many times to let me play that game — only because of my history with CSK and because I wanted to defeat them. He made it out differently that I wanted to play as if for fixing. Everybody knows how much I hate CSK, I don’t have to say.
People might say because of MS Dhoni or N Srinivasan sir or whatever but that’s not the truth; I just hate the yellow colour. I hated Australia for the same reason. Most importantly, I have done extremely well against CSK that’s why I wanted to play,” Sreesanth added.
“That allegation that I abused the two was the most disappointing. That was bigger than torture by police. That thing still hurts. Other players would talk about Upton, “Yeh kaun hai bey, Kirsten sab kuch karte hain (who is this guy, Kirsten does everything).’ Have I ever behaved like that with him? I really hope your book sells more because you seem so desperate,” the cricketer-turned-actor added.
The Supreme Court had scrapped the life ban imposed on S. Sreesanth’s for match-fixing but did not quite declare that the cricketer is not guilty of charges.
According to the court, the long-running case had not been managed properly and hence, they gave the Board of Control for Cricket in India, three more months to reconsider the magnitude of his punishment.