Banned India bowler Sreesanth backs Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul

Banned India Bowler Sreesanth Backs Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul

KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya

Banned Indian paceman, S Sreesanth has come out in support of Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul. The duo is currently suspended following their sexist remarks on the TV show, ‘Koffee with Karan’. Though CoA suggested an inquiry into the matter, Sreesanth feels there have been bigger sinners, who are left unpunished. Not only in the cricket, but even outside it, there have been people who have committed bigger mistakes and are still there, adds the tainted fast bowler.

They are essential to us in the World Cup – Sreesanth

Both KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya got released from the Australia and New Zealand limited-overs series. Young  Shubman Gill and all-rounder, Vijay Shankar got added to India’s squad as their replacements. Meanwhile, Sreesanth says since the 2019 World Cup is around the corner, India will need these ‘match-winners’ in the mega event.

“I will only say that whatever happened was very bad, but the World Cup is around the corner. Both Hardik and Rahul are both good cricketers…,”

Backing them to come good upon their return, Sreesanth said they would be disappointed for missing out on international cricket. The fast bowler then added he hopes BCCI allows them to play.

Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul

Hardik and KL Rahul are the match-winners, says Sreesanth. Image Courtesy: Getty

“I will only say to Hardik and Rahul, that surely they are both match-winners and sooner or later they will be back on the field. Yes, I know how difficult it is for a cricketer to miss the game and I just hope BCCI allows them to play, once they realise I am sure they should be playing where they should be playing,”

Bigger sinners are still unpunished

S Sreesanth, who got banned for his involvement in the IPL spot-fixing in 2013 says there have been people who had committed much worse mistakes; and they are still playing or roaming around.

“Yes, what happened was wrong. They said some wrong things. But there are others whose have made bigger mistakes than these, who are still playing and are in different fields not just cricket. The same people are speaking about this. When they see an opportunity they pounce on it like tigers,”

Sreesanth speaks on his ban

S Sreesanth, BCCI, IPL

Sreesanth says he’d be the happiest person if BCCI lifts his ban any time soon. Image Courtesy: Getty

The tainted fast bowler notes if the BCCI lifts his ban and allows him to play domestic cricket, he’d be the happiest person.

“On top of that, if my ban gets lifted this month or next month, then I will be the happiest…,”