S Sreesanth
S Sreesanth. (Photo: Getty Images)

Last Update on: May 16th, 2020 at 01:49 pm

Sreesanth’s career has been nothing short of controversies so far. From the slapgate to animated celebrations and finally the spot-fixing scandal, the Kerela pacer’s road hasn’t flown smoothly despite being talented. As per the latest happenings, Sreesanth revealed why the Rajasthan Royals team management never gave him a chance he thought he deserved.

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An infamous incident from IPL 2013 came to light when the former Indian pacer faced an axe for the match against CSK. Paddy Upton, who served as the head coach of the franchise that time, revealed in his autobiography that the speedster dished out abuses on him and Rahul Dravid for dropping him from the eleven. Furthermore, he was given directions to return home. These all took place 24 hours prior to his arrest on account of spot-fixing.

I don’t know the exact reason for keeping me out: Sreesanth

S Sreesanth, Paddy Upton, Rahul Dravid
Sreesanth. Credits – Twitter

Sreesanth was passionate about playing against CSK since he went by colour and yellow resonated the Australian cricket team. But he could never fathom the reason that kept him out. The 37-year old went on to say that he dismissed MS Dhoni in a match in Durban and ever since he didn’t receive a chance and management didn’t give him a proper justification. Sreesanth doesn’t dislike CSK or MS Dhoni.

“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 proper reason. I don’t hate Dhoni or CSK, but I go with color. CSK jersey resembles the Australian team, that’s all.” the Kerala speedster said on Helo Live on Friday.

I could never disrespect a man like Rahul Dravid: Sreesanth

Sreesanth. Credit: Twitter

The veteran pacer debunked the claims of dishing out abuses on Rahul Dravid as said in the controversial book “Barefoot Coach” by Paddy Upton. Sreesanth elucidated that he could never disparage a man like Dravid, who is the best skipper. He merely asked the reason for not being part of the squad during the CSK game. Sreesanth continued saying that the RR coach couldn’t boast respect due to his mediocre stats as an international cricketer and remained baffled by his statements in the book.

“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,” Sreesanth maintained.

“Paddy Upton was not respected by many players in the team. He was not that big of a player. But I used to have good conversation with him. I really don’t know what made him to write this. He should only explain the reason,” Sreesanth added.

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