IPL 2013 news April 12, 2013

Sreesanth alleges cover-up of 2008 slap

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Sreesanth, the India and Rajasthan Royals bowler, has alleged the IPL withheld the "real video" of the incident between Harbhajan Singh and him in IPL 2008. In a series of tweets from his personal Twitter handle Sreesanth said Harbhajan had not slapped him but was a "backstabbing person", and he received "no support whatsoever" from "selfish" people involved in the issue even though they knew "it was not my fault".

"I want the world to c it..Whn I went to shake hands afte the match..he had lost it..he had already planned to hit me(elbow me)all his anger," Sreesanth tweeted. This tweet, along with several others, has since been deleted.

Harbhajan refused to comment on the issue when he was approached in Mumbai by the media.

He was scared to speak out earlier, Sreesanth said, but now wants the "world to know what happened". The truth would be revealed by the video he said, which was kept "in hiding" by the IPL. He said Sudhir Nanavati, the BCCI-appointed commissioner who investigated the incident, knew the truth. He also said the "incident was planned by a few".

However, Sreesanth did not reveal his version of events. Footage of the actual incident has never been shown to the public.

Meanwhile, Nanavati contradicted Sreesanth's claims that he was elbowed saying that Harbhajan did slap him. "In the video footage, I have seen Harbhajan use the backside of his right palm to give him (Sreesanth) a slap on the right side of his face," Nanavati told PTI. "It was clear cut, it was there to be seen in the video footage.

"What I have seen in the frame of the video was that Harbhajan, after giving him a slap, was coming back once again to hit him but at that time, two security personnel had stopped him."

The 2008 incident involved Mumbai Indians' Harbhajan Singh hitting Sreesanth, his India team-mate who was then playing for Kings XI Punjab, during the routine round of handshakes after the game between the two teams in Mohali. The incident itself was not shown on camera but Sreesanth was spotted in tears after that. Harbhajan was banned for the rest of the tournament, while Sreesanth was let off with a warning. After the hearing by match referee Farokh Engineer, the then IPL chairman Lalit Modi said Engineer had found Harbhajan's attack to have been "totally unprovoked".

The outburst was prompted by a report in Friday's Times of India that said the Virat Kohli-Gautam Gambhir spat during the IPL game in Bangalore on Thursday was similar to "slapgate". As Kohli was heading back to the pavilion after being dismissed, Gambhir ran past him on his way to celebrating with his team-mates. They appeared to exchange words and then charged at each other before the other players and one of the umpires separated them.

Harbhajan and Sreesanth are due to meet on April 17 in Jaipur, when Royals play Mumbai Indians.

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  • POSTED BY on | April 15, 2013, 4:33 GMT

    Interesting. A few months after the incident, Sreesanth equivocally said that he was disappointed that media turned it into a big controversy and that he considers Harbhajan his "elder brother".

    And now this U-turn. Woah. It seems more like a soap opera or a reality-show type controversy like the one between Shane Warne and Marlon Samuels at Big Bash. Well, 'masala' sells as @sharidas said.

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | April 14, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    I can understand some logic in the Kholi vs Gambhir because both names have been touted fore future captaincy of India and some rivalry could have developed. Harbajan vs Sreesanth? I was curious to know the reason why Harbajan slapped him. Not for gossip or fun, but I wanted to know (at that time) who or what force in the Indian cricket system drives players crazy like that.

  • POSTED BY sharidas on | April 13, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    I would not be surprised if all this is part of promoting the IPL, the same way WWF is on TV. Some masala to spice up things, I guess !!!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 13, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    Sreesanth, you talk with the ball and make the people criticize you keep quiet . You are talented, no doubt and being aggressive is also good. Keep focus on your bowling.

  • POSTED BY sahbas_s on | April 13, 2013, 5:53 GMT

    I think Sree needs one more in the other cheek in the next match against MI.

  • POSTED BY sahbas_s on | April 13, 2013, 5:52 GMT

    Kohli after being such talented and getting company in dressing room with legends like Kumble,Sachin, Dravid, Dada or MSD he has no reason to behave in such an unprofessional way. Dada was ascetic and aggressive but never arrogant.It is disheartening to see the next big thing behave like this. I am afraid his captaincy will take India to top (upside down) in all three formats.

  • POSTED BY on | April 13, 2013, 3:36 GMT

    Kohli ur such wonderful talent but incident like this will take u no where in ur future carrier

  • POSTED BY sportofpain on | April 13, 2013, 2:39 GMT

    Stay focused on your bowling Sree. You have more talent than most of the others. Let your performances propel you forward.

  • POSTED BY on | April 13, 2013, 2:36 GMT

    The rare hope of seeing Sreesanth, a keralite playing for India is gone now..No one to blame.. He him self created it and he will have to suffer..

  • POSTED BY josethekochite on | April 12, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    why everyone is blaming sree. He is just a human being like us. When cheap incidents like what happened get compared with an incident which he is involved or got carried to it anyone will react in this way only. Not everyone in this world are saints...

  • POSTED BY on | April 15, 2013, 4:33 GMT

    Interesting. A few months after the incident, Sreesanth equivocally said that he was disappointed that media turned it into a big controversy and that he considers Harbhajan his "elder brother".

    And now this U-turn. Woah. It seems more like a soap opera or a reality-show type controversy like the one between Shane Warne and Marlon Samuels at Big Bash. Well, 'masala' sells as @sharidas said.

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | April 14, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    I can understand some logic in the Kholi vs Gambhir because both names have been touted fore future captaincy of India and some rivalry could have developed. Harbajan vs Sreesanth? I was curious to know the reason why Harbajan slapped him. Not for gossip or fun, but I wanted to know (at that time) who or what force in the Indian cricket system drives players crazy like that.

  • POSTED BY sharidas on | April 13, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    I would not be surprised if all this is part of promoting the IPL, the same way WWF is on TV. Some masala to spice up things, I guess !!!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 13, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    Sreesanth, you talk with the ball and make the people criticize you keep quiet . You are talented, no doubt and being aggressive is also good. Keep focus on your bowling.

  • POSTED BY sahbas_s on | April 13, 2013, 5:53 GMT

    I think Sree needs one more in the other cheek in the next match against MI.

  • POSTED BY sahbas_s on | April 13, 2013, 5:52 GMT

    Kohli after being such talented and getting company in dressing room with legends like Kumble,Sachin, Dravid, Dada or MSD he has no reason to behave in such an unprofessional way. Dada was ascetic and aggressive but never arrogant.It is disheartening to see the next big thing behave like this. I am afraid his captaincy will take India to top (upside down) in all three formats.

  • POSTED BY on | April 13, 2013, 3:36 GMT

    Kohli ur such wonderful talent but incident like this will take u no where in ur future carrier

  • POSTED BY sportofpain on | April 13, 2013, 2:39 GMT

    Stay focused on your bowling Sree. You have more talent than most of the others. Let your performances propel you forward.

  • POSTED BY on | April 13, 2013, 2:36 GMT

    The rare hope of seeing Sreesanth, a keralite playing for India is gone now..No one to blame.. He him self created it and he will have to suffer..

  • POSTED BY josethekochite on | April 12, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    why everyone is blaming sree. He is just a human being like us. When cheap incidents like what happened get compared with an incident which he is involved or got carried to it anyone will react in this way only. Not everyone in this world are saints...

  • POSTED BY poorpatriot on | April 12, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    thats right SherjilIslam.. i admire how Pollard-Bravo take each other on their matches. Bravo takes pollard out on a semis and ask him to fly back immdly and get smile back. Pollard gave a stare at Bravo when he hit boundary and then get him beaten and give a smile back. it simply looks cool.

  • POSTED BY on | April 12, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    Sree, good from you to clear it out, i always got it in me that it was a preplanned incident to sideline you...the inner circle in the team wanted to throw you out forever..even now people speak about that incident and never i heard anyone saying it was an unprovoked attack on you..its your duty morethan anyones else to clear it out..let it be at any stage u should have done it and u have done that now...good luck..get back to form and knock out every stumps man

  • POSTED BY SherjilIslam on | April 12, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    For Sreesanth, i would only say, please concentrate on your game a bit more, to be at-least a regular in your IPL side.By the kind of performance coming from him, i can see him getting dropped for future matches.And by the way, why now this all revelation thing????Bhajji has already got punished for whatever he did, so it doesn't warrant any kind of attention now. For Gambhir-Kohli spat, all i can say is, Kohli should behave himself.Exchanging heated words with your own teammate is just plain silly.Look at how Pollard-Bravo behave in the field against each other, they compete fiercely against each other on the field but never cross the lines and remain the best best friends off the field by pollard's own admission.

  • POSTED BY MENDIS_Forever on | April 12, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    KOHLI = 100% talent + 0% tolerance

  • POSTED BY JanpreetSingh on | April 12, 2013, 11:01 GMT

    Sreesanth i have never seen a person like you always provoking others. Come on! the incident has passed now and even the guilty Harbhajan was punished. Even he isn't a part of team anymore now so why now the attention. For Kohli and Gambhir spat, they both are immature and cannot hold defeats at their level. Look at others say for Pujara and even murali vijay, they have the aggression but they only use it for their own. Kohli you are talented but let me tell you, keep your calm on the field and you will achieve more.

  • POSTED BY TheOnlyEmperor on | April 12, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    While Sreesanth has not been known for exemplary behaviour on the field, neither has Bhajji. The Indian authorities didn't want a media circus on the incident and so killed the incident, quickly effected a reconciliation between the 2 players, banned one for the rest of IPL and issued a warning to another. That was the best way to go. What did Sreesanth expect? What does he want? The "true video" to come out, so that everybody knows that Bhajji is the "villain" of the piece; but everybody does know this - why else would he banned otherwise for the rest of that IPL edition? All this is childish. All the more reason why I think our cricketers in the national side need to have a professional full time psychologist to prepare them to think right and sport the right attitude, very much like the physical trainer who works on their body fitness.

  • POSTED BY serious-am-i on | April 12, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    sreesanth more over looks like securing his spot in KXI after pathetic performance last nite against pune, this seems more like a botch up by him to divert the attention. I seriously do not wanna see sreesanth in Indian tricolors again.

  • POSTED BY pun_eat on | April 12, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    He could be right. 5 years ago he was probably hoping to play for India. NOw neither did he play for india and he has been the center of all jokes since then. Robin uthappa n yuvi did the rest yesterday. alsopress comparing kohli-gambhit spat to that incident .

    let it out on twitter and go back to playing cricket.

  • POSTED BY abhilashiitkgp on | April 12, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    Before everybody slams Sreesanth,one should know he has not revealed his side unprovoked. He has done so only because of relentless comparison of any incident with his. Everybody has a breaking point.

  • POSTED BY SL.Charith on | April 12, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    kholi & gambhir having big attitudes. even though they are talented, the talent will fade away from the stuffs like this. kholi, i don't know when you will learn from a gentlemen like dhoni & tendulkar. its a shame to see your attitudes but brilliant talent.

  • POSTED BY on | April 12, 2013, 8:29 GMT

    Why is this coming out today sree its pathetic from your side

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | April 12, 2013, 8:15 GMT

    Bad sportsmanship. These guys should learn from other gentlemen of the game.

  • POSTED BY Shail_sb on | April 12, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    Now why r u saying all this. Just to keep in lime light.

  • POSTED BY Uppercut07 on | April 12, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    yesterday KOHLI v GAMBHIR, and now the 2008 SLAPGATE resurfacing!! yup, IPL is definitely working it's magic!!!! :D

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  • POSTED BY Uppercut07 on | April 12, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    yesterday KOHLI v GAMBHIR, and now the 2008 SLAPGATE resurfacing!! yup, IPL is definitely working it's magic!!!! :D

  • POSTED BY Shail_sb on | April 12, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    Now why r u saying all this. Just to keep in lime light.

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | April 12, 2013, 8:15 GMT

    Bad sportsmanship. These guys should learn from other gentlemen of the game.

  • POSTED BY on | April 12, 2013, 8:29 GMT

    Why is this coming out today sree its pathetic from your side

  • POSTED BY SL.Charith on | April 12, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    kholi & gambhir having big attitudes. even though they are talented, the talent will fade away from the stuffs like this. kholi, i don't know when you will learn from a gentlemen like dhoni & tendulkar. its a shame to see your attitudes but brilliant talent.

  • POSTED BY abhilashiitkgp on | April 12, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    Before everybody slams Sreesanth,one should know he has not revealed his side unprovoked. He has done so only because of relentless comparison of any incident with his. Everybody has a breaking point.

  • POSTED BY pun_eat on | April 12, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    He could be right. 5 years ago he was probably hoping to play for India. NOw neither did he play for india and he has been the center of all jokes since then. Robin uthappa n yuvi did the rest yesterday. alsopress comparing kohli-gambhit spat to that incident .

    let it out on twitter and go back to playing cricket.

  • POSTED BY serious-am-i on | April 12, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    sreesanth more over looks like securing his spot in KXI after pathetic performance last nite against pune, this seems more like a botch up by him to divert the attention. I seriously do not wanna see sreesanth in Indian tricolors again.

  • POSTED BY TheOnlyEmperor on | April 12, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    While Sreesanth has not been known for exemplary behaviour on the field, neither has Bhajji. The Indian authorities didn't want a media circus on the incident and so killed the incident, quickly effected a reconciliation between the 2 players, banned one for the rest of IPL and issued a warning to another. That was the best way to go. What did Sreesanth expect? What does he want? The "true video" to come out, so that everybody knows that Bhajji is the "villain" of the piece; but everybody does know this - why else would he banned otherwise for the rest of that IPL edition? All this is childish. All the more reason why I think our cricketers in the national side need to have a professional full time psychologist to prepare them to think right and sport the right attitude, very much like the physical trainer who works on their body fitness.

  • POSTED BY JanpreetSingh on | April 12, 2013, 11:01 GMT

    Sreesanth i have never seen a person like you always provoking others. Come on! the incident has passed now and even the guilty Harbhajan was punished. Even he isn't a part of team anymore now so why now the attention. For Kohli and Gambhir spat, they both are immature and cannot hold defeats at their level. Look at others say for Pujara and even murali vijay, they have the aggression but they only use it for their own. Kohli you are talented but let me tell you, keep your calm on the field and you will achieve more.