Former Indian mental conditioning coach Paddy Upton has made some startling revelations in his recently launched book, ‘The Barefoot Coach’. In IPL 2013, Rajasthan Royals (RR) has appointed Upton as the head coach. In his book, he talked about the spot-fixing scandal. Furthermore, his book sheds light on the events that unfolded during the distinct tournaments.
Upton, in his book, shared a shocking incident that took place in the Rajasthan Royals dressing room. It was the time when the now-discarded pacer S Sreesanth was dropped from the game. Sreesanth abused Rahul Dravid, the then captain of RR, and Upton during his outburst in the change room.
The South African revealed that Sreesanth was sacked due to his poor behaviour and was asked to go back home before 24 hours of his arrest on May 16, 2013.
Does Sreesanth hurl expletives?
“The reason for Sreesanth’s repeated poor behaviour, which amongst other things included blurting out in front of the team that Rahul Dravid (captain) and I (Upton) could go and f…k ourselves in response for dropping him, now made sense,” Upton explained in his book the reason for him being sacked.
Later, Upton revealed more on Sreesanth’s rage saying that there was definitely more to it. He said that a squad consists of more than 20 players and only 11 of them get to play in a game on the given day. And thus, the remaining players will have to wait, which leaves them disappointed.
However, the former Indian conditioning coach said, Sreesanth’s outburst was extraordinary.
“If someone is saying Sreesanth is an emotional person and was really upset. I am not going to be saying that you can’t have an emotional outburst. But an outburst of that nature for being told that you are not going to play is an out-of-the-ordinary outburst. We tell 13 players (Royals squad strength is 24) every single IPL game for the last 7 seasons that you are not playing. Out of the 13, four have every reason to feel disappointed, but none of these reasons are enough to have that level of public outburst (that Sreesanth had). This suggests that there was something more to it,” quoted Upton.
Sreesanth reveals he had great regard for Upton:
However, Sreesanth straightaway denied Upton’s claim and called him a liar saying that he never abused anyone.
“It’s really sad. Feeling really bad for Mr. Paddy Upton. If he wants this 30-second fame, he can have it. All I can say is I’ve always respected every individual I’ve played with and always will. I had high regards for him till date. It’s really disappointing to see this. I really hope he starts to at least respect himself and not sell himself to make other people happy,” Sreesanth said.
Along with two other players of 2008 champions Royals, Ajit Chandila and Ankit Chavan, Sreesanth was arrested by Delhi Police in the spot-fixing case. The three of them were barred from cricket for a lifetime by the BCCI.
Following them, the franchise also faced the brunt for a couple of years as one of the co-owner Raj Kundra’s name also cropped up. Thus, the authorities banned him from any cricket activities following betting admission.
Earlier, this year the Supreme Court revoked the life-ban on Sreesanth. In the past, the three cricketers were discharged by Delhi court in 2015. The Supreme Court asked BCCI to review the quantum of punishment for Sreesanth and gave them three months time. The discarded pacer, who last played for India in August 2011, feels SC has come as a boon for him.