Harbhajan Singh never slapped me: S Sreesanth

S Sreesanth has played 27 Tests and 53 ODIs for India © Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

 

Mumbai: Dec 12, 2011

 

India pacer Shanthakumaran Sreesanth has denied that Harbhajan Singh had slapped him during the inaugural edition of the Indian Premier League.

 

Sreesanth is the latest celebrity to appear on the television show ‘Love 2 Hate U’ hosted by Bollywood actor Arjun Rampal, which aims to bridge differences between celebrities and their biggest haters, as this time, 23-year-old Aniket inquired about the ‘slap gate’ incident involving him and Harbhajan.

 

Sreesanth categorically denied that anything of that sort had happened, and said he has immense respect for the senior cricketer.

 

Sreesanth said, “First, I don’t want to go through it all over again. It happened in 2008. It is a family issue. It’s Bhajji pa as I call him, because he is an elder brother to me. He is one of the best human beings I have ever met.”

 

“No one has seen the video. What is the proof that he slapped me or hit me? I just felt like crying and I cried. He never hit me,” Sreesanth added.

 

Aniket opined that the right-arm India pacer is the most ‘mediocre’ bowler to have ever played for India, and he can improve many folds if he gives up all the emotions and dramas and concentrate only on his performances.

 

Aniket also said that Sreesanth is the new-age Vinod Kambli, and is like Rajpal Yadav on the field and Rakhi Sawant off the field.

 

In his reply, a visibly upset Sreesanth said, “At least have respect when you are talking about somebody. Don’t compare me with somebody else, compare me with myself.”

 

Sreesanth was livid at the accusations made by his hater Aniket, and during the conversation he asked 23-year-old what significant he has done in his life, and said, “When I was 23-year-old, I was representing my country. I made my family, my country proud.”

 

During their conversation, Sreesanth didn’t leave any quarter to level scores with his hater, and asked, “Do you even have a future?”

 

Sreesanth’s hater perhaps, didn’t understand how bad the India pacer felt hearing his accusations, and tried making fun of him.

 

Looking at this, the hot-headed Sreesanth threatened to walk out of the show and said, “Why should I waste my time that too in Bombay with him? His parents will not be proud at all watching him talk like this.”

 

He added, “You can say whatever you want to about my dancing, but if you talk about my cricket, trust me there will be only beep, beep, and beep on the show.”

 

Sreesanth also clarified that he has changed a lot in last couple of years. “I am not the half of what I used to be in 2007. I have learnt many, many things the hard way.”