Sree’s bid to clarify slapgate backfires

Published: 13th April 2013 08:12 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th April 2013 08:12 AM   |  A+A-

A well-meaning soul who gets caught up in the web of his own emotions. Such has been the case with S Sreesanth. Just when he seems to be at peace with the world, the temperamental paceman — now playing for Rajasthan Royals — turns his world upside down.

The latest of his emotional outbursts came via a series of tweets on Friday that has re-opened the ‘slapgate’ incident from the 2008 Indian Premier League where Harbhajan hit him after a game between King’s XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians at Mohali, when Sreesanth was playing for the former. The tweets have elicited criticism from various quarters.

Provoked by a media reference to slapgate – thought by all and sundry to be dead and buried – in describing the Gautam Gambhir-Virat Kolhi spat on Thursday, Sreesanth posted that he was never “slapped” by Harbhajan and that it was “disgusting” to be reminded of it everytime something unsavoury happened on a cricket field.

“When I went to shake hands after the match... he had lost it... he had already planned to hit me (elbow me) all his anger,” he tweeted. “He (Bhajji) never slapped me. The video will show you all... what he did,” said another post.

Sreesanth has also branded Harbhajan as a backstabber. “...?? come on who doesn’t get emotional when you know the person who you worship is a backstabbing person.”

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