Speaking to CricketAddictor S Sreesanth revealed how Tendulkar helped to sort issue between him and Harbhajan Singh after the latter openly slapped Sreesanth in IPL. He also recalled how he asked the authority not to ban ‘Bhajji paa’.
The infamous 2008 IPL saw Harbhajan Singh slapping his team India colleague S Sreesanth slapping openly during a match after Mumbai Indians were defeated by Kings XI Punjab. The controversial incident was highlighted much but according to Sreesanth things were sorted out soon with Harbhajan Singh. “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 on the same night but the media took it to the next level.”
He further told how in fact requested the BCCI officials not to suspend Harbhajan Singh as he always considered Bhajji as his elder brother. “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.”
The comeback on cards
Sreesanth is set to make a comeback after serving seven years of ban followed by alleged spot-fixing scandal. He is reportedly going to make himself available for next IPL and will be considered for selection for Kerala’s Ranji Trophy. Sreesanth insisted that everything is fine between Him and Harbhajan Singh. He called Bhajji a legend and said, “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’ (Sree, wherever you are, please forgive me). He was always my elder brother, maybe at that point of time it was different but he will always be a legend.”