Who would have had thought that such a day will come in Indian Cricket. When everything was going very good and it seemed that even players from across the countries are coming in good terms with each other, we had a bad bad news. Our very own Bhajji slapped our very own Sree! What an unfortunate day in the Indian Cricket! Though the news is neither confirmed nor denied, Sreesanth crying nonstop on the ground in front of large crowd even after his team Kings XI Punjab won the match comprehensively against Mumbai Indians has said it all. Nobody is a fool to guess that what must have been happened and why Sreesanth was crying like anything that too in front of crowd and cameras. It was such a sad sad picture that nobody would want to see it again.
This is nothing but shocking and shameless. Harbhajan Singh and S. Sreesanth both look sensible to me. Still, having played together in a team for India how could a sensible person do this? What made Harbhajan Singh so furious that he hit his own Indian teammate? Did Sreesanth said him something? We know Harbhajan Singh and S. Sreesanth are both surrounded by controversies. Very recently during India’s tour of Australia Harbhajan Singh was accused of racial abuse. Indian board somehow succeeded in freeing him of racial abuse charge as there was not sufficient evidence to convict him. However after this thing has happened eyebrows must have been raised again that may be during that time he may have said something objectionable to Andrew Symonds. After all he is freed because there was not sufficient evidence to prove charges against him. Has he or hasn’t he, question will be raised in minds of everybody again.
Players from the same team fighting with each other is not new to Cricket. Pakistani speedster Shoaib Akhtar was called back from the Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa last year as he hit his team mate Mohmmed Asif with bat during practice session. It is also said that Shoaib Akhtar slapped former Pakistani coach Bob Woolmer during Champions trophy in India in 2006. However, this has never happened with Indians (at least in public eyes). This is the most unfortunate incidence and as unfortunate as match fixing in 1999/2000.
Harbhajan Singh as well as Sreesanth has denied that Harbhajan Singh slapped Sreesanth. However, both accepted that there was something which happened and which is unacceptable. Harbhajan Singh later went to Sreesanth’s dressing room and apologized and Sreesanth also said that there was no need for an apology altogether and things like these happen. Sreesanth also said that Harbhajan is like his elder brother, he has forgiven Harbhajan, and he will not file complain against Harbhajan.
This all happened in presence of IPL CEO Lalit Modi. Stories are making rounds that this fight is make belief and staged to catch the attention to IPL. If this is the case I think this idea is very sick and there is whatsoever no reason to make such a drama as IPL in my opinion is already doing very good and things like this can never do any good, it can only harm the good show.
India is host to this tournament. That is we are playing in our own country. When we are playing in our own country, we should set an example. By staging this tournament successfully we wanted to prove that we too have capability to make changes and bring revolution in game, world should stand and take a notice of us. However, this incidence has made every Indian ashamed of themselves. In first place there is no need to get so hyperactive as this tournament is for entertainment. If we ourselves are fighting with each other then what treatment we can expect from players from other countries towards us. This is blot which is very difficult to clean. Whatever Harbhajan Singh and S. Sreesanth say now and whichever way they try to convince, not only they will remember this incidence forever their life, it will also be remembered as one of the most embarrassing moment in Indian cricket. It has saddened every Indians heart to no end. I hope that board should not take a strict action against Harbhajan Singh as this is the first time this has happened and he must be given a chance. We can only hope that Harbhajan Singh and S. Sreesanth should really forgive each other for the sake of sportsmanship, game, and country, they should play together as they did before and things like this should never happen again…