The infamous ‘slapgate’ incident between Harbhajan Singh and S Sreesanth will perhaps remain with the two cricketers for the rest of their lives. Both the former India cricketers grabbed cricket headlines across the world when the spinner slapped Sreesanth after a match between Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab in the inaugural edition of the IPL.
Harbajan Singh, who plays for Chennai Super Kings, was then a part of Mumbai Indians. Sreesanth played for Kings XI Punjab. Harbhajan had apologised to Sreesanth in the KXIP dressing-room immediately after the incident. Harbhajan was also banned for the remainder of the competition after that incident.
Both the players have since buried the hatchet. Harbhajan Singh has apologised for that incident on a number of occasion while Sreesanth has also reiterated that he has moved on. And Harbhajan’s latest tweet is another proof that all is well between the two. On the occasion of Onam, Harbhajan took to Twitter to post a special message for his ‘friend’ Sreesanth, writing:
“Happy Onam to all Malayali friends .. specially to my friend @sreesanth36 .. have a good one ”
Happy Onam to all Malayali friends .. specially to my friend @sreesanth36 .. have a good one
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) September 11, 2019
But the fans were quick to see the funny side of the tweet and posted some absolutely hilarious responses. Here are some of their tweet:
— Bhushan (@konkaniaadmi) September 11, 2019
Sreesanth after reading this pic.twitter.com/kg9B93vdg0
— Ungal Naan (@UngalilOruvan8) September 11, 2019
— Hitesh Chugani (@hitsubishi) September 11, 2019
— Siwin (@SiwinManohar) September 11, 2019
Bhut hard bhut hard……thappad bhi aur wish bhi
— Anam Srivastava (@iAnammm) September 11, 2019
bhaji wishing his special friend pic.twitter.com/BxjXDpAD3i
— நல்ல தம்பி (@nalla_thambi_) September 11, 2019
— Om Lal Mehta (@omlalmehta) September 11, 2019
@sreesanth36 be like pic.twitter.com/vh1uucDjLO
— Nitesh (@NitesshPrk) September 11, 2019
Sreesanth, meanwhile, recently saw his life-ban cut to seven years. The ban was imposed on him for the IPL spot-fixing scandal in 2013. BCCI ombudsman DK Jain ordered for S Sreesanth’s spot-fixing ban to be reduced to a seven-year suspension. Thus Sreesanth will be eligible to play from September 2020.
He has already said he is eager to don the Indian jersey again and take 100 Test wickets.
“I am so relieved and happy. All these years I have been trying to prove my innocence and the efforts have finally bore fruit. It’s God’s grace that I have finally managed to come out of this and hopefully, I can be active in cricket again,” Sreesanth said.
Before the ban, he represented India in 27 Tests, 53 ODIs and 10 T20 Internationals, claiming 169 wickets across formats.