S Sreesanth, whose life ban over match-fixing charges was lifted up recently by the Supreme Court of India, has opened up on his hatred towards IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings. The right-arm pacer had grabbed the headlines for his infamous spat with Harbhajan Singh, a rumoured rift with Rajasthan Royals’ coach Paddy Upton and match-fixing charges which led to him getting a life ban from the game.
In an interview with Indian Express, Sreesanth said that he desperately wanted to play the match because of his dislike towards Chennai Super Kings.
Upton, in his recently published autobiography, claimed that he and Rahul Dravid were abused by S Sreesanth in the dressing room when the bowler was not allowed to play in an IPL fixture against Chennai Super Kings.
“Mr Upton, touch your heart and touch your kid’s heads, did I ever abuse you either during India team or in IPL? I want to ask the legend Rahul Dravid, someone whom I respect and love, when did I ever fight with him? When did I abuse with him the way Upton said in his book?” said Sreesanth while denying the allegations.
“I requested Upton many times to let me play that game — only because of my history with CSK and because I wanted to defeat them. He made it out differently that I wanted to play as if for fixing. Everybody knows how much I hate CSK, I don’t have to say. People might say because of MS Dhoni or N Srinivasan sir or whatever but that’s not the truth; I just hate the yellow colour. I hated Australia for the same reason. Most importantly, I have done extremely well against CSK that’s why I wanted to play,” he further said.
“That allegation that I abused the two was the most disappointing. That was bigger than torture by police. That thing still hurts. Other players would talk about Upton, “Yeh kaun hai bey, Kirsten sab kuch karte hain (who is this guy, Kirsten does everything).’ Have I ever behaved like that with him? I really hope your book sells more because you seem so desperate,” revealed the Kerela pacer....