‘Wanted to play vs CSK’: Sreesanth responds to claims he abused Rahul Dravid
By: Sports Desk |

Updated: May 16, 2020 7:33:59 pm

Sreesanth says he requested the Rajasthan Royals group administration in 2013 why he was not being performed towards CSK when he had taken MS Dhoni’s wicket in Durban. (File Photo/BCCI)

Responding to claims that Sreesanth abused Rahul Dravid and Paddy Upton in public for being dropped for an IPL match in 2013 – 4 days earlier than his arrest for spot-fixing, the bowler stated he didn’t abuse Dravid however solely requested why he was not being performed towards Chennai Super Kings (CSK), a group he particularly needed to beat.

“I might by no means disrespect a person like Rahul Dravid. He is the perfect captain. I used to be offended as a result of I used to be not a part of the squad throughout the CSK match. I requested the rationale for a similar,” Sreesanth stated on Helo Live on Friday.

“Yes, I wanted to play against CSK and wanted to win against them. But I don’t know the exact reason for keeping me out. In the Durban match, I bowled to MS Dhoni and took his wicket. After that match, I did not get any chance to play against CSK. Team management never gave me proper reason. I don’t hate Dhoni or CSK, but I go with colour. CSK jersey looks like the Australian jersey,” he stated.

Paddy Upton, who had been a part of the Rajasthan Royals (RR) group administration on the time of those occasions, had made the revelation that Sreesanth had abused Dravid and him in his 2019 e-book ‘The Barefoot Coach’.

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Saying that he noticed the indicators of a nexus between Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankit Chavan – the three RR gamers banned for fixing – he had written: “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.”

However, Upton had stated Sreesanth’s outburst had been precipitated by him being dropped for a match towards Mumbai Indians and never CSK.

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Speaking about Upton, Sreesanth stated on Friday: “He was not respected by many players in the team. He was not that big of a player. But I used to have good conversations with him.”

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