At his best, there were fewer better sights than watching Sreesanth in full flow. The Kerala pacer was a part of the MS Dhoni-led World Cup-winning sides in 2007 and 2011. Sreesanth was also was instrumental in India’s first Test win in South Africa in 2006-07. His career took an unexpected turn for his alleged role in 2013 IPL spot-fixing that earned him a life ban. The ban has been cut short to seven years, but at 37, Sreesanth has little chance to make it to the national side even though he remains optimistic and keeps training hard.
During an Instagram chat with CricTracker, the pacer shared some moments from the dark phase he encountered in 2013 after the spot-fixing scandal broke out. Sreesanth was arrested and claims he was tortured for 16-17 hours a day and kept in a terrorist ward.
“If you look at my life, it was a fraction of second; it was the after-match party, I was taken to the terrorist ward, I felt I was being made Bakra (scapegoat). For 12 days, it was a torture for me for 16-17 hours per day. I was always thinking about my house and family at that time. After a few days, my elder brother came to visit me and then I got to know that my family was fine. My family members motivated me and were really behind me,” Sreesanth told during the interaction.
‘Shocked with Sushant’s sudden death’
Sreesanth also opened up on Sushant Singh Rajput’s demise. The actor’s suicide on June 14 has stunned the nation. “I was training at that time; my wife messaged me; I didn’t check it at that time. Later, when I was in my car, I got a voice mail from my wife, and I thought it was mazak (joke). When I heard different voice mails, I got to know it was true; many were circulating his pictures on social media.
“Luckily, no one clicked me going to jail or coming out of jail. Luckily, my kids will not see such pictures. I felt sad on that day (Sushant’s demise day),” added the 37-year-old.
Sreesanth’s ban will end on September 13. The speedster had earlier revealed that the Kerala coach and selectors are keen to have him in the Ranji Trophy squad.