Former Indian pacer S Sreesanth has made a number of comments on the infamous slapgate incident with Harbhajan Singh which happened during the inaugural edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) back in 2008. It has been well over a decade since that the incident happened and both players have shared their sides of the story.
Veteran spinner Harbhajan Singh even conceded that he feels like to rectifying that incident in his life as it was a mistake on his part and also added that he will always feel sorry about it. The incident, in 2008, broke out after a fixture between Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). S Sreesanth tried to start a friendly banter by teasing Harbhajan Singh, telling him,
“Punjaab Bombay ko haraayenge, Punjaaab Bombay ko haraaynge,” Sreesanth jokingly taunted Harbhajan after the game.
After the incident happened, BCCI-appointed Commissioner Sudhindra Nanavati called Harbhajan Singh and S Sreesanth both. Things were sorted between the duo over a dinner after Sachin Tendulkar’s timely intervention and Sreesanth didn’t want Harbhajan to be banned for the incident.
Sreesanth pleaded in front of Nanavati to avoid banning Harbhajan Singh after the infamous incident. The Kerala-born pacer said that Harbhajan has always been a brother to him and helped him during the times while he was serving the ban. His ban for the IPL match-fixing incident, which was cut-short to seven years, is set to come to a close in September 2020.
“It was all sorted and thanks to Sachin paaji (Sachin Tendulkar), you guys play in the same team, I said absolutely fine, I’ll go and meet him. We met and had dinner at the same night but the media took it to the next level,” S Sreesanth told CricketAddictor in a Facebook live session.
“And even in front of Nanavati sir, they have the video clipping also if not, where I’m literally crying and begging and telling him not to ban or do anything with Bhajji paa, we are going to play together, I don’t want anything to be taken away from Bhajji paa because he is a match-winner, he has taken hat-tricks for India, I’ve just started playing and I want to win matches with Bhajji paa because I consider him as my elder brother…there is a video….I don’t know whether they will give it to you or not….you can ask Nanavati sir
But I’m absolutely fine with Bhajji paa….he’s changed a lot, I’ve….in public also he has said ‘Sree tu kahi bhi ho yaar, maaf karde’….he was always my elder brother, maybe at that point of time it was different but he will always be a legend,” he concluded.