Paddy Upton reveals S Sreesanth once abused him and Rahul Dravid
"This suggests that there was something more to it."
Updated - May 3, 2019 7:19 pm
It’s known to all that tainted Indian cricketer S Sreesanth has had a controversially marred cricketing career. He had loads of potential to be rated amongst the best, but involvement in unwanted incidents meant that his journey couldn’t see an upward trend. Recently, former Indian mental conditioning coach Paddy Upton had a piece of opinion about Sreesanth.
In his newly launched-book, The Barefoot Coach, Upton threw some light on the incidents in the build-up to the spot-fixing scandal that halted Sreesanth’s career. Upton was appointed as the head coach of the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Rajasthan Royals (RR) back in 2013.
Paddy revealed that Sreesanth abused him and Dravid, the then Royals’ captain, for not finding a place in the playing eleven. He was sacked and given the direction to return home 24 hours prior to his arrest on May 16, 2013, and as per Upton, it was because of his poor behaviour.
“The reason for Sreesanth’s repeated poor behaviour, which amongst other things included blurting out in front of the team that Rahul Dravid (captain) and I (Upton) could go and f…k ourselves in response for dropping him, now made sense,” Upton mentioned in the book.
It was an out-of-the-ordinary outburst
Later in an interview, Upton agreed that one can have an emotional outburst, but he also believes that Sreesanth’s reaction had a bit ‘more to it’. Upton talked about the length of their squad and said how quite a few of their players had to miss out on playing.
“If someone is saying Sreesanth is an emotional person and was really upset, I am not going to be saying that you can’t have an emotional outburst. But an outburst of that nature for being told that you are not going to play is an out-of-the-ordinary outburst. We tell 13 players (Royals squad strength is 24) every single IPL game for the last 7 seasons that you are not playing.
Out of the 13, four have every reason to feel disappointed, but none of these reasons are enough to have that level of public outburst (that Sreesanth had). This suggests that there was something more to it,” Upton was quoted as saying in Indian Express.