Former Indian cricketer S Sreesanth saw his career been derailed after the infamous 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal. However, he has put those incidents behind him and now has some quite interesting stories to share.
The right-arm fast bowler will always be remembered for playing a pivotal role for the Men in Blue in their ICC T20 2007 and 2011 World Cup triumphs. The tainted cricketer who is currently a participant of the Indian reality TV show, Big Boss, shared an interesting anecdote which involves Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar.
Although, nothing beats the joy of winning the World Cup, the highlight of Sreesanth's career definitely has to be taking the crucial catch of Misbah-Ul-Haq in the 2007 World Cup final, that sealed the title for the MS Dhoni led-side.
Post that, he fell out of favor from the Indian side after being accused as one of the major offenders in the IPL spot-fixing case. However, Sreesanth aims to return to cricket, after he expressed on the Indian reality TV show that he will soon clear the allegations against his name.
Recalling one of the incidents from India's famous 2011 World Cup win, Sreesanth shared a heartwarming story which bought tears to his eyes. During the player interviews, Sachin Tendulkar, who was playing his last World Cup at that time, particularly thanked Sreesanth for his heroic contributions in the final.
“I want to share one incident related to Sachin Tendulkar. 1-2 years after our 2011 World Cup triumph, an interview was going on. The interviewer asked about everyone. 2011 you guys played well taking all players’ names but not mine. When the interview was about to end, Sachin Tendulkar prompted my name saying Sreesanth also played a major role. I cried a lot during that time,” Sreesanth broke down as he narrated the incident to fellow contestant Anup Jalota.
The 35-year-old is currently serving a lifetime ban from the sport which was imposed by the BCCI in 2013. The fast bowler and his other two Rajasthan Royals teammates involved in the fiasco were also arrested by the Delhi police for charges of match-fixing.
He was later cleared of the charges by a single-judge bench of the Kerala High court. However, that didn't last too long as the BCCI filed a plea, which prompted the division bench of the Kerala High Court to restore the lifetime ban on the cricketer.