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Big Allegation: Sreesanth Used Vile Abuses Against Me And Rahul Dravid, Says Rajasthan Royals Coach Paddy Upton In New Book

Written By Karthik Nair | Mumbai | Published:


  • Rajasthan Royals head coach Paddy Upton recently came out with his new book 'The Barefoot Coach'
  • Upton revealed in his book that he and the then Rajasthan Royals skipper Rahul Dravid were abused by Sreesanth
  • Sreesanth has denied the claim and hit back

Rajasthan Royals head coach Paddy Upton recently came out with his new book 'The Barefoot Coach' in which he has made a shocking allegation to do with controversial former Team India pacer Sreesanth.

Upton, who is currently coaching Rajasthan Royals, revealed in his book that he was verbally abused by Sreesanth. Apart from the South African even the then Rajasthan Royals skipper, Rahul Dravid, was allegedly at the receiving end for having dropped him from a game. Post this, the 36-year old was sacked and then asked to leave as a consequence of his action due to his poor behaviour in the dressing room which was uncalled for. Later, Sreesanth and two other Rajasthan Royals players Ajit Chandila and Ankit Chavan were arrested for their alleged involvement in the spot-fixing scandal. 

Upton was roped in as the head coach of the inaugural edition winners in 2013. Prior to that, he was also Team India's  Mental Conditioning coach and Strategic Leadership Coach from 2008- 2011. He was also a part of the Indian squad that lifted the World Cup for the second time after 28 years which also included Sreesanth. After knowing that the Kerala speedster will not be playing the match, he vented out his frustration by telling the coach (Paddy Upton) and captain (Rahul Dravid) to go and f**k themselves.

The South African mental and conditioning coach also termed Sreesanth's outburst as 'extraordinary'.

As per the media reports, Upton commented on Sreesanth's emotional persona and said that an outburst of such nature for being told that he was not going to play is an out-of-the-ordinary outburst. At the same time, he also made it clear that Kerala pacer's level of public outburst had something more to it.

Meanwhile, Sreesanth denied any such allegations and hit back at Upton by calling him a liar and that he had never abused anyone. At the same time, the winner of two World titles (2007 World T20 and 2011 World Cup) also said that he was sad after hearing about such things and that Upton can have his '30-seconds of fame'. Sreesanth also added that he has always respected every individual that he has played with and will continue to do so. He then told Upton to at least have self-respect and not sell himself just for the sake of making others happy.