S Sreesanth: I have not used a single bad word or used a single abusive word to Gautam Gambhir
It’s becoming increasingly unclear how Sreesanth and Gautam Gambhir got into this heated dispute while the two former stars of the Indian cricket team, who won the 2011 ODI World Cup and the 2007 T20 World Cup, got into a fight during a match in the Legends League Cricket (LLC), a tournament for retired players.
It’s becoming increasingly unclear how Sreesanth and Gautam Gambhir got into this heated dispute. The two former stars of the Indian cricket team, who won the 2011 ODI World Cup and the 2007 T20 World Cup, got into a fight during a match in the Legends League Cricket (LLC), a tournament for retired players.
On Wednesday, the match was taking place in Surat. From the very beginning of the game, things were building between the two players. When Sreesanth was hit for boundaries, he gave Gautam Gambhir a lengthy look and the latter stared back too. And then the two faced each other once more, quite angrily.
In an Instagram video that he shared after the game, Sreesanth said that Gautam Gambhir frequently picks fights with his teammates and promised to soon make public what the former opener for the Indian cricket team actually said.
On Thursday, in another Instagram video, Sreesanth claimed Gautam Gambhir called him a ‘fixer’.
“I have not used a single bad word or used a single abusive word to him. I only said, “What are you saying? What are you saying?” In fact, I kept laughing in a sarcastic way because he kept calling me “Fixer, fixer, you are a fixer, F*** off fixer”. This is the language that was used.”Sreesanth said in an Instagram post.
“When they were trying to control him, he kept on calling me fixer.”
Earlier, Sreesanth was taken into custody on suspicion of spot-fixing during the 2013 Indian Premier League. After serving a lengthy ban, he returned to domestic cricket in 2021.
After the match, Sreesanth uploaded a video on Instagram where he ranted against Gautam Gambhir.
“Just wanted to clear the air with what happened with Mr Fighter. One who always fights with all his colleagues. For no reason whatsoever. He does not even respect his senior players, including Viru Bhai. That’s exactly what happened today. Without any provocation, he just kept on calling me something which was very rude which shouldn’t have been said by Mr Gautam Gambhir,”Sreesanth said in a video uploaded on his Instagram page.
Sreesanth added that his family went through a lot.
“I am not at all at fault here. I just wanted to clear the air straight away. What Mr Gauti has done, sooner or later all of you will get to know. The words that he used and the things he said on a cricket field, live, are not acceptable. My family, my state, everybody has gone through so much. I fought that battle with all your support. Now people want to down me for no reason. He said things he shouldn’t have said. I will surely let you know what he said,”Sreesanth said.
Legends League Cricket (LLC) has made it clear that they will uphold the spirit of the game both on and off the field in response to an incident that happened on the pitch during the match between Gujarat Giants player Sreesanth and India Capitals skipper Gautam Gambhir on Wednesday at Lalbhai Contractor Stadium and the subsequent interactions on social media.
The former Indian pacer who was playing for Gujarat and Gautam, the captain of the India Capitals, were spotted arguing. Two had to be separated by other players and the umpire.
Gambhir appears to have disparaged the former Indian pacer on social media, although he has not provided any straight, clear-cut clarification on the matter. Gambhir tweeted something mysterious on Thursday.
Notably, Gambhir’s tweet was posted a few hours after a video of him arguing with former Indian pacer Sreesanth during the Legends League Cricket (LLC) match between the Gujarat Giants and the India Capitals surfaced on social media.
“Smile when the world is all about attention!”
said the caption of Gambhir’s post, in which featured a picture of him smiling.
LLC also released a statement on Thursday about the altercation between the two players and said they will conduct an internal investigation on the violation of the code of conduct.
“The incident that has been the talk in the cricketing world violates the code of conduct and necessary action will be taken against all that have violated the very clear rules stated by the league’s Code of Conduct and Ethics Committee,”LLC said in an official statement.
“Legends League Cricket strives to uphold the spirit of cricket and sportsmanship and will conduct an internal investigation on the violation of the code of conduct. Any misconduct that has occurred both on and off the field including on social media platforms will be dealt with strictly. The code of conduct has clearly states that necessary action will be taken against players that bring disrepute to the league, the spirit of the game, and the teams that they are representing. We make our stand very clear and continue to work towards sharing the game with millions of cricketing lovers across the nation and world,”Syed Kirmani, Head of Code of Conduct & Ethics Committee, Legends League Cricket said in an official statement.
“All players contracted in the Legends League Cricket are bound by certain terms related to misconduct and necessary action will be taken as per the codes of conduct laid down by the Code of Conduct & Ethics Committee. We are taking appropriate action against the breach of contract.”Raman Raheja, CEO of Legends League Cricket said.
“Unfortunately, this incident that is making the rounds on social media pulls focus if only for a short time away from what has so far been an extremely exciting season so far with national and international legends playing together for their respective teams. Legends League Cricket aims to continue to be focused on the league itself and let the ASCU and Code of Conduct & Ethics Committee handle the internal investigation and subsequent action against the involved individual/s that will be held in violation of the code of conduct for their comments including ones made on social media,”LLC further stated in an official release.