Sreesanth Blamed Dinesh Karthik For His Exit From Team India But DK's Response Is Pure Gold
There comes a time in some of the finest cricketers' lives when they are dropped from the team. Injuries, bad form or better alternatives can lead to their names being cut from the main roster and sometimes the journey to returning to the squad is a long one.
And while some players take this moment as an opportunity to work hard on themselves and get better so that they can have an impact in the team once again, others take this the wrong way and blame someone or something else.
Former Indian pacer S Sreesanth falls under the latter category and continues to blame Dinesh Karthik as the reason for him being dropped from Team India six years ago.
In an interview with The Indian Express, Sreesanth claimed that DK has complained to the authorities about him abusing N Srinivasan and that eventually led to the Kerala-born cricketer's ouster from the squad ahead of the Champions Trophy in 2013.
“That evening Champions Trophy probables was announced and I wasn't there. Only reason was that complaint. DK, if you are reading this, what you did to me and my family is unforgivable. Next year Kerala plays Tamil Nadu, you know what's going to happen, god bless you," Sreesanth said in the interview.
Such allegations from a former teammate can feel like a dagger piercing through your gut. However, Karthik, being the cool-headed man that he is, dismissed Sreesanth's claims in the most dignified manner that he could.
In an interview with The Hindu, Karthik responded to the allegations: "Yes, I have heard about S. Sreesanth's comments that I was responsible his ouster from the Indian team. Even to react to an allegation like that will be silly."
Simple, short and to the point. DK's response to such demeaning claims is pure gold.
It is understandable that Sreesanth was frustrated for years after being banned from playing cricket after getting involved in the infamous spot-fixing case during the 2013 season of the Indian Premier League. He lost the prime of his cricketing career while sitting in court rooms, requesting pardon from the ban. However, blaming someone else for your failure is never the right way to go.
Now that his ban will officially be over in September 2020, Sreesanth is eligible to play in both domestic and international cricket and can try to make it to the team once again. Having said that, today's Indian cricket team is not what it used to be in 2011, when Sreesanth played for the country for the last time.
Our bowlers, especially the pacers like Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami, are the best bowlers in the world and are feared by the best of the batsmen. Making a comeback is going to be the toughest quest the 36-year-old cricketer will have to accept, unless he finds someone to blame in advance.