Home > News >

S Sreesanth: Many players supported me during the controversy, but not publicly

S Sreesanth is currently facing a life ban due to involvement in spot fixing in IPL 2013 © IANS
S Sreesanth is currently facing a life ban due to involvement in spot fixing in IPL 2013 © IANS

Jun 4, 2014

Former Indian pace bowler, S Sreesanth, spoke about his love of dancing and arts, his life after the spot-fixing controversy, and the support he received from cricketers.

In an interview with Bombay Times, Sreesanth spoke about the dancing experience he has. “I have done commercial dancing till 10th standard. I would choreograph for school competitions and festivals till I was in class eight and was lucky enough to win a few. In fact, in eighth standard, I had won a championship in break dancing and street dancing in Mumbai. That’s the only experience I have in dance,” he said.

On being asked about his stormy temper on field, Sreesanth said, “That stems from the love for the game. Even when you are playing a friendly match on a beach, you see people fight. People never blamed or questioned me for my behaviour on field. All I want to ask is, will you not fight for your love? For me, cricket is like a war; I am not a fan of friendly matches. I believe in competition and being honest rather than act.”

Speaking about how his life turned upside down after the ban, Sreesanth said, “I was more worried about my parents, niece and nephews. I feared what they would go through in their schools. One of my nieces is in college but luckily, it was her summer vacation. My parents frequent a lot of temples and they got ill-treated for a week or two. I don’t want to talk about the case, as I get very emotional. It was a tough phase, mainly because I was questioned for the wrong reasons. I could sail through only because of my family…I realised that it takes only a fraction of a second to change your life — good or bad.

“You have to hold on, no matter what. I was in Tihar jail and that’s not a great place to be. I wanted to get out of it all and face the world. Honestly, I took up Jhalak to face the world. I am sure there will be haters. Cricket has made me strong. Even in cricket, I wasn’t really welcomed. I had to work hard to prove that Malayalis can play the sport and we are good at athletics,” he said.

Sreesanth said that what was important was to be “happy and positive” through it all. “I grew very close to music. Also, I have become very patient after marriage. It has changed me as a person. Now, I worry a lot. People say, ‘Jo ho gaya so ho gaya, aagey nikal jao.’ That doesn’t work with me. I want to show that nothing stops me. I have had six surgeries on both my big toes. I have rods and titanium nails in my bones, but never gave up. People will realise that a person who has been through so much pain can never do what they have accused me of,” he said.

Sreesanth mentioned that he received support from players, but it was private rather than out loud. “Lot of support came, but not publicly. A few cricketers and politicians extended their support. They found out my new number and sent me motivating messages. But then, had I been in their place, I would have done the same thing. I am very thankful that they believed in me. I will not lose that faith. Sooner or later, I will win the case and they will be the first ones I would acknowledge. I came to know who is real and who is not. [Harbhajan Singh also kept in touch] through messages. That will be taking just one name. I will acknowledge all of them. I don’t want to name anybody at the moment. Everybody has been supportive.”

Sressanth concluded by saying, “The moment I am out of the case, everything else takes a back seat. I win the competition, finish shooting for the movie, and I am back on field in February. I would like to take my wife on a holiday next Valentine’s Day.”

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 30, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

Sri Lanka tour of India, 2014

Nov 2, 2014 (14:30 IST)   at Cuttack

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 3, 2014 (09:00 IST)   at Khulna

South Africa tour of Australia, 2014

Nov 5, 2014 (14:05 IST)   at Adelaide

Sri Lanka tour of India, 2014

Nov 6, 2014 (14:30 IST)   at Ahmedabad

More

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Nov 15, 2014  at Ahmedabad

Match cancelled

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Nov 7, 2014  at Bengaluru

Match cancelled

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 30, 2014  at Hyderabad

Match cancelled

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 27, 2014  at Hamilton

No result

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Oct 25, 2014  at Dhaka

Bangladesh won by 3 wkts

Photos

Pakistan vs Australia, 2nd Test: Australia's practice session

Videos

Tendulkar provides teaser on upcoming book

Kevin Pietersen saga: Stuart Broad, James Anderson saddened by bullying claims

Live Cricket Score India A vs Sri Lanka, warm-up match at Mumbai: India A maul Sri Lanka by 87 runs

Live Cricket Score Duleep Trophy Central Zone vs South Zone, final at Delhi Day 2: South Zone lead by 32 runs at the end of second day’s play

Live Cricket Score Pakistan vs Australia, 2nd Test at Abu Dhabi Day 1: Younis Khan reaches his 100

India vs Sri Lanka 2014: Rohit Sharma or Ajinkya Rahane — who should open for India?

Australia Australia tour of UAE 2014 Australia vs Pakistan Australia vs Pakistan 2014 Bangladesh Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 2014 Central Zone Duleep Trophy Duleep Trophy 2014-15 India Pakistan Pakistan vs Australia Pakistan vs Australia 2014 Sri Lanka Zimbabwe

Sanjay Bangar: This innings will give a lot of confidence to Manish Pandey

Pakistan vs Australia, 2nd Test at Abu Dhabi: Younis Khan reaches his century

Sachin Tendulkar says great honour to be inducted into Bradman Hall of Fame

Duleep Trophy 2014-15 final: KL Rahul’s unbeaten 168 gives South Zone 32 runs lead over Central Zone

Stuart Broad rubbishes Kevin Pietersen’s comments on bullying

Highest identical scores in both innings of a Test

Younis Khan — perhaps Pakistan’s greatest batsman ever

India A vs Sri Lankans tour match: Players look to make the most of opportunities

Viv Richards: How did he perform against the West Indian quicks?

India vs Sri Lanka 2014: Rohit Sharma or Ajinkya Rahane — who should open for India?

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

678 Posts | 6 Fans

Video Highlights: Younis Khan century during Pakistan vs Australia 1st Test at Dubai

India A vs Sri Lanka: Fringe players look to impress

NGOs pursue education for all

Dance Basanti from Ungli: Put on your dancing shoes and practice the Basanti move!

Weight Loss Tip #59: Eat oranges to lose weight

Sensex surges 150 points in early trade to regain 27,000-mark

PricewaterhouseCoopers partners Google to offer business solutions to clients

Google X Lab working on nanoparticles to help detect diseases early

Priyanka Chopra has the best no make-up selfie on Instagram, think fans!

Lisa Haydon: I slept off midway while watching the original Shaukeen!

International programme in Animal Husbandry

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here