S.Sreesanth was one of the top notch Indian fast bowlers the country had produced back in early 2000. The bowler was well known for his aggressive attitude and swing bowling. The bowlers attitude sometimes did good for the team, but sometimes it also landed him in bad light.
Rajasthan Royals former Head Coach Paddy Upton in his autobiography “Barefoot Coach” mentioned how Sreesanth abused the Head Coach and the Captain Rahul Dravid for dropping him against Chennai Super Kings in 2013.
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Reacting to this the former pacer said, “I could never disrespect a man like Rahul Dravid. He is the best captain. I was angry because I was not part of the squad during the CSK match. I asked the reason for the same.” He further added, “Yes, I want to play against CSK and want to win against them. But I don’t know the exact reason for keeping me out. In the Durban match, I bowled to MS Dhoni and took his wicket. After that match, I did not get any chance to play against CSK. Team management never gave me a proper reason. I don’t hate Dhoni or CSK, but I go with color. CSK jersey resembles the Australian team, that’s all.”
Sreesanth’s short tempered nature is not hidden from anyone. Sreesanth’s cricket career has been surrounded by many controversies, whether it’s a slapgate incident, where Harrbhajan Singh slapped Sreesanth or in October 2009, when BCCI gave final warning after an unacceptable behaviour with young fast bowler Dhawal Kulkarni in Irani Cup.
Just when Sreesanth was on the rise he got involved in 2013 IPL Spot fixing scandal. Since then Sreesanth has not walked into the cricket field. The BCCI banned Sreesanth along with Ajit Chandila and Ankit Chawan for life after they were found guilty. Later the ban was reduced to seven years. The ban will be lifted from Sreesanth on September 2020 but it is believed the cricketer has passed his prime and he will no longer be seen in International Cricket.