Former India pacer Shanthakumaran Sreesanth finally broke his silence on the 2013 spot-fixing scandal. This incident of IPL had put cricket to shame. Apart from Sreesanth, the names of Ankit Chavan and Ajit Chandela were also involved in spot-fixing. All these three players were part of Rajasthan Royals.
In an interview to Sportskeeda, Sreesanth said, ‘This is the first interview in which I am sharing or telling about something. That being said, I had to give 14 runs in an over. I gave 5 runs in 4 balls. There was no no-ball, no wide, no slow ball. I was throwing the ball at a speed of 130 even after 12 surgeries on my paw.
He further said, ‘I had played the Irani Trophy and I was ready for the South Africa series so that we can win it in September 2013. We were leaving a little early. The ball shakes well there in September. My aim was to play that series. Such a person, why would I do this, and that too for only Rs 10 lakh? I am not talking big but when I parted, I had a bill of Rs 2 lakh outstanding.
Sreesanth said that he used to make most of his personal payments by card and not cash. He further said that it was the prayers of his well-wishers that got him out of this trouble.
He further said, ‘I used to pay by card and not cash. If I had that much cash, I would be blowing it. Actually, I used to take care of this common man as well. In my life I have only believed in helping and giving. I have helped many people and those same prayers have helped me come out of this. Why would I waste all this for five runs off just two balls. No way.’
He returned to competitive cricket this year after the ban was lifted. He also played for Kerala’s Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. He took 4 wickets at a strike rate of 27. His economy rate was 9.88.