The Cricket fraternity would probably be aware of Indian cricket team’s former mental conditioning coach, Paddy Upton, recently coming up with his autobiography named ‘Barefoot Coach’. In the book, Upton wrote about a controversial incident that took place in the Rajasthan Royals dressing room back in 2013. The Aussie was appointed as RR head coach for that season.
Narrating that incident, Upton wrote that Sreesanth had a massive outburst after being snubbed from the side in the game against CSK. He further went on to reveal that the pacer abused him and Rahul Dravid for dropping him from the team. Sreesanth was reportedly also told to pack his bags and go back home. Upton revealed that all this happened just 24 hours before Sreesanth’s infamous arrest on May 16, 2013.
Now, Sreesanth has given his side of the soty. He brushed aside Paddy Upton’s claims and clarified in a clear tone that there was no rivalry or argument with Rahul Dravid,
“I could never disrespect a man like Rahul Dravid. He is the best captain. I was angry because I was not part of the squad during the CSK match. I asked the reason for the same.” said Sreesanth.
The tainted pacer went explained his disappointment over Paddy Upton’s book and he also gave a statement on CSK rivalry,
“Yes, I want to play against CSK and want to win against them. But I don’t know the exact reason for keeping me out. In the Durban match, I bowled to MS Dhoni and took his wicket. After that match, I did not get any chance to play against CSK. Team management never gave me proper reason. I don’t hate Dhoni or CSK, but I go with color. CSK jersey resembles the Australian team, that’s all,” he added.
Sreesanth also went on to explain how Upton was not respected by many players as he didn’t have good stats as an international cricketer and also requested the Aussie to explain the reason why he wrote such statements in his book.
“Paddy Upton was not respected by many players in the team. He was not that big of a player. But I used to have good conversation with him. I really don’t know what made him to write this. He should only explain the reason,” Sreesanth concluded.