Eleven years after slapping tainted India fast bowler, S Sreesanth during an IPL game; veteran spinner Harbhajan Singh said it was a mistake, and he’s apologetic about it. Adding that he regrets it, Harbhajan said it should’ve never happened in the first go. Meanwhile, this ‘slapgate’ incident took place when Mumbai Indians lost a close encounter against Kings XI Punjab at PCA stadium in Mohali in 2008.
Let’s recall the moment!
In April, during the inaugural edition of the Indian Premier League, Kings XI Punjab hosted Mumbai Indians. Playing for Punjab, fast bowler Sreesanth went out to greet Harbhajan Singh after Mumbai Indians fell short of winning the game. Irate with the result, Bhajji, as his teammates call him; lost his cool and apparently slapped Sreesanth in his face. Though the incident didn’t get caught on camera, the controversy was created.
However, Harbhajan immediately went to the Kings XI Punjab dressing room and apologised to Sreesanth. More than a decade later, Harbhajan opened up on the same and expressed his feelings.
“Whatever happened with Sreesanth.. me and him on the field… a lot of people talk about that incident now,” Harbhajan told Behindwoods Air. “If I have to go back and rectify something in my life, I would correct that. I shouldn’t have done that. That was a mistake and I am sorry about that. It shouldn’t have happened.”
“Sreesanth is a top guy and he had so much of skill. My best wishes to Sreesanth and his wife and to their children. No matter what people say, I am still your brother,” Harbhajan said.
Sreesanth yet to return to cricket
Cricket was all the Karnataka pacer had hoped to play, and cricket is now a distant dream to him. After featuring for a few franchises, Sreesanth was found guilty in the spot-fixing case in IPL 2013. Later, the IPL governing body and the BCCI slapped bans on the tainted cricketers, which included Ajit Chandila and Ankit Chavan. Meanwhile, Sreesanth is hoping his ban will get lifted after the Kerala High Court cleared him off any involvement.
For Harbhajan Singh, the veteran spinner, after playing for Mumbai Indians for a decade; has been retained by Chennai Super Kings for the successive season. Meanwhile, the IPL 2019 will begin on March 23rd in India.