Dinesh Karthik responds to S Sreesanth’s claims of him being the reason behind his ouster from the Indian team
Karthik has laughed off the incident.
Updated - Oct 22, 2019 2:40 pm
Former India fast bowler S Sreesanth has a knack of remaining in news. It has been more than six years since he last played a competitive game but he makes sure to hog the limelight every now and then. The right-arm pacer, who helped India win the T20 World Cup in 2007 and the 50-over World Cup in 2011, was banned for life by the BCCI in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal.
Sreesanth, however, constantly maintained that he was innocent. And nearly after six years of his fight, Sreesanth finally heaved a sigh of relief earlier this year when his ban was cut short to seven years. Thus Sreesanth will be eligible to play again from September 2020. The pacer, who will be 37 by his ban ends, has already said that he wants to play for India again and complete 100 Test wickets.
But amidst all these, he made it to news for all the wrong reasons once again by sensationally stating that his former teammate Dinesh Karthik was responsible for his ouster from the Indian team. It was definitely a startling claim since Karthik was not definitely not involved in the team selection as he was not the captain.
Well, Karthik has laughed off the incident. The wicketkeeper-batsman, who himself has not managed to cement his spot in the team, said that he had heard Sreesanth’s comments before saying that it would be silly if he reacts to the allegations.
“Yes, I have heard about S Sreesanth’s comments that I was responsible for his ouster from the Indian team. Even to react to an allegation like that will be silly,” Karthik was quoted as saying by The Hindu.
S Sreesanth – King of controversies
S Sreesanth and controversy go hand-in-hand. Even if one keeps the fixing scandal aside, there is absolutely no dearth of controversies in the bowler’s career. In 2008, he was involved in the slapgate incident with Harbhajan Singh during an IPL game. Recently, he had sensationally said that he hates Chennai Super Kings although he could not come up with a good explanation for the same.
Not only that, but former mental conditioning coach of Team India Paddy Upton also made some sensational claims about him in his autobiography. Upton, who is coaching Rajasthan Royals since 2013, claimed S Sreesanth was behaving unusually after being dropped for a game against Chennai Super Kings and had abused him as well as the then skipper Rahul Dravid.