'Begged and cried in front of authorities to not punish Harbhajan Singh': Sreesanth opens up on slapgate incident
New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: It was during the inaugural edition of IPL in 2008 when Mumbai Indians were defeated at the hands of Kings XI Punjab, but the match was remembered for all wrong reasons.
During the match between Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians, former Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh and fast-bowler Sreesanth found themselves in a banter, but the things turned ugly pretty soon.
Sreesanth, in an interview with Cricketaddictor revealed that during the match he was trying to joke with Harbhajan and started saying "Punjab Bombay ko haraayenge, Punjab Bombay ko haraaynge”, to which Harbajan reacted strongly and slapped him in front of thousands of spectators.
During the interview, Sreesanth also said that he begged and cried in front of the then BCCI-appointed Commissioner, Sudhindra Nanavati, to not to punish Harbhajan over that incident.
Talking about the role played by Sachin Tendulkar in helping them to resolve the issue, Sreesanth said, “It was all sorted and thanks to Sachin paaji (Sachin Tendulkar), you guys play in the same team, I said absolutely fine, I’ll go and meet him. We met and had dinner on the same night but the media took it to the next level,” as quoted by Cricketaddictor.
Sreesanth confirmed that his relationship with Harbhajan has improved over the years and also revealed selecting his India XI for the upcoming T20 World Cup later this year, including Harbhajan in it.
“But I’m absolutely fine with Bhajji paa….he’s changed a lot, I’ve….in public also he has said ‘Sree tu kahi bhi ho yaar, maaf karde’….he was always my elder brother, maybe at that point of time it was different but he will always be a legend,” he concluded.
One of India’s best spinners, Harbajan Singh has landed into a spate of controversies in the year 2008. During the second test between India and Australia in Sydney, the Monkeygate scandal between Harbajan and Andrew Symonds also became a troublesome incident for the off-spinner.
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