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Sree calls Bhajji backstabber, reignites IPL slapgate

Five years after the infamous ‘slapgate’, out of favour Shanthakumaran Sreesanth sparked off fresh controversy on Friday by tweeting a whole new series of revelations on the 2008 incident, which saw the Kerala seamer cry like a baby after being slapped by Mumbai Indians skipper Harbhajan Singh at the end of an IPL match, which Kings XI Punjab won by 66 runs at Mohali’s PCA Stadium.

Besides calling the Jalandhar offie a ‘backstabber’, the temperamental bowler said repeatedly, ‘I want u All to know the truth. He (Bhajji) never Slapped me. the video will show u all wt he did.’

Sreesanth harped on the single point of proving himself innocent. ‘It was never my’s sad. really sad that it’s not his fault at all. All blamed me for getting emotional..? c mon who doesn’t get emotional whn u know the person who u worship is a backstabbing person Nd ..’ he tweeted.

While the exact motive behind Sreesanth’s sudden realisation is yet to be known, the pacer’s desperate attempt to attract attention is unlikely to yield any fruit, with his international career not seeming to be going anywhere beyond the IPL. The day-long session of expletives-laden tweets was the fall out of the comparison drawn between the idiosyncratic seamer’s case and the ugly on-field spat between KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir and RCB captain Virat Kohli during Thursday’s match at Chinnaswamy Stadium.

While ideally such issues shouldn’t be raked up by any sensible person for common good, Sreesanth’s claims fell flat  when Justice (retd) Sudhir Nanavati, who headed the ‘slapgate’ inquiry, openly contradicted the bowler later on Friday.

While Sreesanth said he was never slapped by Harbhajan who actually elbowed him, Nanavati said Harbhajan even tried to slap the pacer for the second time but was restrained by security guards. While Sreesanth even went to the extent of tweeting, ‘I would make the Sony video recording public. he (Nanavati sir) knows the truth,’ the sir in question clearly stated, ‘In the video footage, I have seen Harbhajan use the backside of his right palm to give him (Sreesanth) a slap on the right side of his face. It was clear cut, it was there to be seen in the video footage.’

It is a separate argument whether Sreesanth should be believed, and not Justice Nanavati, we, as public, should have access to such tapes to clear our doubts. But the tape is made by Sony, which has been appointed by and for BCCI, which has championed institutionalised censorship.
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