Why Sreesanth and controversy are old pals

Last Updated: Fri, May 24, 2013 06:38 hrs

S Sreesanth has been a serial offender right through his chequered career. So it's not entirely surprising that his name figures in the spot-fixing scandal that has stunned the nation. Here's the lowdown on the past brushes with infamy of Indian cricket's enfant terrible.

2006: He was fined 30% of his match fee for "conduct contrary to the spirit of the game" after giving Hashim Amla a fiery send-off and also violating the ICC's advertising logo policy by wearing a branded garment under his jersey during a Test in Johannesburg.

Ironically Sreesanth bowled India to victory in the Test and was declared Man of the Match!

2007: He was fined half of his match fee for shouldering England captain Michael Vaughan while walking back to his bowling mark in the second Test at Trent Bridge.

In the same match, he also bowled a beamer to Kevin Pietersen and bowled a bouncer to Paul Collingwood after overstepping the crease by a huge margin, which could only have been deliberate.

Former England captain Michael Atherton wanted Sreesanth to be banned for the beamer. In his newspaper column, Atherton wrote, "If bowled deliberately there cannot be a more cowardly action on a cricket field; if bowled accidentally it is still potentially lethal. Either way it should incur an immediate one-match ban."

2008: In the inaugural edition of the IPL, Sreesanth was slapped by Harbhajan Singh after a match between his then franchise Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians at Mohali. An investigation exonerated Sreesanth and banned Harbhajan for the rest of the tournament and for five ODIs.

2009: He was fined 60% of his match fee for abusing Mumbai's Dhawal Kulkarni during the Irani Cup match between Rest of India and Mumbai in Nagpur. The BCCI severely reprimanded Sreesanth for that misdemeanour.

In a statement, the BCCI said: "You are hereby given a final warning to ensure that you do not violate the BCCI Code of Conduct. Any repetition of such behavior will be dealt with severely by the BCCI, including suspension from domestic cricket matches. As an international cricketer, you have to set a good example for the youngsters who watch and follow the game. We have to bring to your kind notice that you have been repeatedly violating the BCCI Code of Conduct and your behaviour on the field is against spirit of the game."

2013: During the sixth edition of the IPL, Sreesanth once again raked up Slapgate by making a series of increasingly bizarre tweets.

He said Harbhajan was a 'backstabbing person' and claimed that Harbhajan never slapped him implying that what was done was much worse. Sreesanth also called for the video of the incident to be released.

However the judge who headed the inquiry confirmed that Sreesanth had indeed been slapped. Harbhajan diplomatically refused to add any more fuel to the fire!

2013: Sreesanth is arrested along with two Rajasthan Royals teammates for spot-fixing in IPL-6. This would seem to be the last nail in the mercurial speedster's coffin. It is unlikely that this problem child will be given any more chances to create problems!

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