Out of favour S Sreesanth, who is making the headlines of all the wrong reasons, exhibited hatred towards Indian Premier League franchise Chennai Super Kings.
The former cricketer had a contentious career in the IPL, which was wrecked by a slap which involved Harbhajan Singh, a reportedly conflict with Rajasthan Royals coach Paddy Upton including match fixing allegations, which saw him get life ban from the game.
Paddy Upton in his autobiography, had stated that Sreesanth foul mouthed him when he was not allowed to play against Chennai Super Kings. Sreesanth in his recent interview with Indian Express, talked about the rumoured conflict with Paddy Upton and stated the he was desperate to play because of his hatred towards Chennai Super Kings (CSK).
“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 as per bdcrictime.
“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 said.
“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,” he added.
Not long ago, the Supreme Court of India dropped the life ban levied on S. Sreesanth for match fixing. As per the apex court, the case had not been managed properly so they gave the BCCI three months to review extent of his penalty.