For 10 minutes at the Cochin International Airport in Nedumbassery on Wednesday, from 9.22 am to 9.32 am, S Sreesanth was hardly walking. Rather, he was being carried away by the way protective hands, twisted this way and then the other, even as the security men stood clueless as to how to get the cricketer to his car. Nor did they seem to know where his vehicle was parked. Their only concern, it appeared, was to whisk him away from the eager fans, more than curious onlookers and the frenzied mediapersons who almost fell over each other trying to get as close to the cricketer as possible. In the middle of it all, the Save Sreesanth Forum members, led by his friend Aby Mathew, managed to drape a shawl around his shoulders.
Hundreds of people had gathered outside the airport even before Sreesanth made his way out, surrounded by security personnel and a small circle of close friends who had accompanied him from Delhi. Even a few women and children, who were there to either receive or send off their relatives, were seen sneaking in to catch a glimpse of Sreesanth. And it wasn’t all cheer either, for a few boos rang in the background as he appeared on the scene.
Amid all the pushing and shoving, the security men finally managed to find his car which was actually parked right in front of the exit! And off it sped to his brother-in-law Madhu Balakrishnan’s house at Tripunithura where his family was awaiting him with his favourite dishes.