'Everybody knows how much I hate CSK': S Sreesanth shares his hatred towards MS Dhoni-led side
With August 2020 looking nothing but a finish line that he is eager to cross, tainted Indian pacer S Sreesanth has revealed the amount of disfavour he used to endorse for MS Dhoni's Chennai Super Kings (CSK) during his playing days in domestic cricket's biggest extravaganza - the Indian Premier League (IPL). The two-time World Cup winner, who recently saw his life ban getting reduced to seven years by the BCCI Ombudsman is now looking optimistic to start his second innings in the gentlemen's game.
The Indian speed merchant was banned by the apex cricket board in 2013 for his alleged involvement in a spot-fixing scandal that hogged all the limelight in the IPL at the time. From headling the slap gate scandal with Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh in the cash-rich league to supposedly fracturing his relations with Rajasthan Royals’ head coach Paddy Upton, there's no denying that the Kerala pacer has had a controversial spell in the domestic circuit.
Breathing in the reduced ban era along with an aim to take centre stage in the gentlemen's game, Sreesanth shared his hatred towards MS Dhoni-led CSK, a franchise which is hailed as one of the most successful sides ever to play the ultra-rich domestic league. The Yellow bridge spearheaded by Dhoni holds the record of most number of IPL semi-final appearances and has finished champions on numerous occasions.
Walking down the memory lane in an interview, the troubled Indian fast bowler spoke about his rumoured troubles with coach Upton and the game against CSK he wanted to play at that time. It has been learned that in Upton's autobiography, Sreesanth has blamed for abusing the head coach when he was not named in the starting lineup against the Super Kings.
“Mr Upton, touch your heart and touch your kid’s heads, did I ever abuse you either during India team or in IPL? I want to ask the legend Rahul Dravid, someone whom I respect and love, when did I ever fight with him? When did I abuse with him the way Upton said in his book?” Sreesanth said.
“I requested Upton many times to let me play that game — only because of my history with CSK and because I wanted to defeat them. He made it out differently that I wanted to play as if for fixing. Everybody knows how much I hate CSK, I don’t have to say. People might say because of MS Dhoni or N Srinivasan sir or whatever but that’s not the truth; I just hate the yellow colour. I hated Australia for the same reason. Most importantly, I have done extremely well against CSK that’s why I wanted to play,” he added.