In the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup Sreesanth became the center of Indian celebrations as he held on to the catch in the last over that ended Pakistan’s innings and made India World Twenty20 champions.
In the inaugural edition of the IPL in 2008, Sreesanth played for Kings XI Punjab. On 25 April 2008, following the victory of his Kings XI Punjab’s victory in the Indian Premier League over the Mumbai Indians at Mohali, Sreesanth was slapped under his eye by Harbhajan Singh, the captain of Mumbai.
The incident came to light as Sreesanth was caught by TV cameras sobbing inconsolably on the field. But some alleged that the reason for his tears was this:
Sreesanth left Kings XI Punjab after the 2010 Indian Premier League and signed for Kochi for the 2011 competition. But after a season, Kerala IPL team were booted out of the IPL. And, as his career in the national team had already been damaged by poor performances, Sree was jobless for a while. So, to make a living, he did this:
Sree couldn’t sustain his new-found career (i.e Coconut-climbing) for long as Kothamangalam (his hometown) Climber’s Union raised the flag against him. So, Sree and Muthiah Muralidharan, outcast from Chennai Superkings, landed in the IPL refugee camp:
Soon Sree was picked up by Rajasthan Royals, but he was already hard pressed for money. On 16 May 2013, the Delhi police arrested Sreesanth and two of his Rajasthan Royals teammates, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan from Mumbai, on charges of spot-fixing during IPL 6, and put behind bars:
Sreesanth accepts his crime but claimed spot-fixing has been prevalent since 1877, and why only he is made the scape goat:
Though Sree admitted to spot-fixing, many people couldn’t simply believe it:
However, Sree is still in jail. Once out of the jail, he will participate in the next edition of Bigg Boss. He is also planning to kick start a new career as a ‘Match’ fixing guru and has already started to receive messages in his mobile asking for his advice:
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