On Bigg Boss, S Sreesanth recalls how Sachin Tendulkar came to his rescue
He thanked Tendulkar for taking his side after the 2011 World Cup.
Updated - Oct 16, 2018 11:49 am
Banned Indian cricketer S Sreesanth recounted an interesting anecdote about former Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar in the reality TV show Bigg Boss. Sreesanth was part of both of India’s successful World Cup victories – the 2007 World T20 as well as the 2011 Cricket World Cup which they won in their own backyard. In 2007, Sreesanth was the fielder who completed the crucial catch of Misbah ul-Haq at fine leg to seal a victory for the MS Dhoni-led Team India.
The fast bowler recounted that a few years after India’s triumph in 2011, all the World Cup winning players from India were being interviewed. Sreesanth recalled a particular interview to thank Tendulkar for having taken his side during that interaction.
Speaking to his fellow reality show Bigg Boss participant Anup Jalota, the cricketer said, “I want to share one incident related to Sachin Tendulkar. 1-2 years after our 2011 World Cup triumph, an interview was going on. The interviewer asked about everyone. 2011 you guys played well taking all players’ names but not mine. When the interview was about to end, Sachin Tendulkar prompted my name saying Sreesanth also played a major role. I cried a lot during that time.”
Why is Sreesanth serving a life ban?
The 35-year-old player is currently serving a life ban in the sport imposed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The Delhi Police had arrested Sreesanth and other two cricketers Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan, all three who represented the Rajasthan Royals, on charges of spot-fixing during the Indian Premier League in 2013.
On August 7 last year, a single-judge bench of the Kerala High Court had lifted the life ban imposed on Sreesanth by the BCCI and subsequently set aside all proceedings against him initiated by the board. However, that didn’t last long as a division bench of the high court had later restored the ban on a petition filed by the BCCI against the single-judge bench’s order.
All 36 who were accused in the spot-fixing case, including Sreesanth, Chavan and Chandila, were initially let off by a Patiala House court in July 2015. The Delhi Police later challenged the Patiala House Court decision and took up proceedings at the Delhi High Court. However, even after the verdict, the BCCI had refused to alter its disciplinary decision. Sreesanth nevertheless believes he can make a comeback to the Indian side soon.