Relating what happened behind closed doors during the 2008 ‘slapgate’ controversy during the IPL, Sreesanth said it was he who had ‘begged’ before the BCCI not to ban Harbhajan Singh. Harbhajan had publicly slapped him during the match between Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians in April that year.
Sreesanth, during a Facebook Live session with CricketAddictor, said,” There came a time when I was literally crying and begging in front of the IPL commissioner and telling him not to ban or do anything with Harbhajan Singh.”
Recalling the incident, the speedster said, “I was in a kiddish mood and was trying to tease Bhaji Paa when he got out. I could not realise that he was in a different mood. But Sachin Tendulkar came to intervene saying both of you play for the same team and we resolved everything out there only. We had dinner together thereafter but the media took it to another level.”
He also added that he didn’t want anything to be taken away from Harbhajan because he was a match-winner and they played together for India.
Sreesanth also said that everything got sorted between the two of them the same night and Harbhajan Singh has also supported him during tough times later in his career. “We talk to each other. He is the one who stood by me in these last seven years. When North played here (Kerala) in Duleep Trophy in 2018, I met Bhajji Paa and Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag in the hotel,” he said.
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