Cricketer S Sreesanth makes news for wrong reason more than for right reasons. In a sensational development, the Indian paceman and two of his Rajasthan Royals teammates Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan were arrested by the Delhi police on the charges of spot-fixing in the ongoing T20
The special cell of the Delhi police arrested Sreesanth from his friend's place in Mumbai while the other two cricketers were arrested on Thursday night from the team hotel at Nariman Point for their alleged role in spot fixing.
Sreesanth is noted for his exuberant and emotional behaviour, especially whilst appealing for and celebrating wickets. Such trademark behaviour has seen him frequently fined for violating the player conduct guidelines of the International Cricket Council.
His emotional antics, which have led him to be regarded by some commentators as eccentric, were frequently noted.
He was fined after breaching the International Cricket Council's advertising logo policy, and also for "conduct contrary to the spirit of the game" after sending off Hashim Amla after dismissing him during India's 2006 tour to South Africa atJohannesburg.
He was also involved in a highly-publicised confrontation while batting against paceman André Nel.
Nel delivered a series of fast balls at Sreesanth's upper body and after Sreesanth ungainly evaded one delivery, taunted him by gesturing to his chest, indicating that he felt Sreesanth was lacking in courage.
On the next ball, Sreesanth gave him the charge and hit the ball straight over the bowler's head into the stands for a six.
He then whirled his bat in enthusiasm and danced down the wicket, making fun of Nel and performing a dance.
In 2007 during Australia's tour of India, Sreesanth was once again in the middle of several controversies for showing his anger against Andrew Symonds the wrong way on a couple of occasions during that tour.
Sreesanth courted controversy on 25 April 2008, following the victory of his Kings XI Punjab's victory in the T20 League over the Mumbai Indians at Mohali, Sreesanth was slapped under his eye by Harbhajan Singh, the captain of Mumbai.
The incident came to light as Sreesanth was caught by TV cameras sobbing inconsolably on the field before the presentation ceremony.
In October 2009, the BCCI and Kerala Cricket Association issued separate warnings to Sreesanth for indiscipline, failure of which could invite drastic actions such as ban from domestic cricket.
He has been warned several times for indiscipline both on and off the cricket field.
The BCCI issued a final warning to Sreesanth in October 2009, to mend his on-field behaviour, failure of which would invite a suspension from domestic matches.
Following this, the Kerala Cricket Association also issued him a final warning for repeatedly violating code of conduct. This was after Sreesanth failed to turn up at the Kerala Ranji Trophy team camp in Kannur.
During T20 League 2009, Australian cricketer Matthew Hayden experienced the 'Sree-heat' too.
A furious Sreesanth gave a mouthful to the Australian when he was heading for the dressing room.
During India's tour of South Africa in 2010-11, Sreesanth was again under the spotlight as he was involved in a verbal spat with the host captain Graeme Smith.
Temperamental pacer S Sreesanth also landed in a controversy when a co-passenger in a Bangalore-Delhi flight alleged him of "boorish behaviour" on board the aircraft in 2012.
The co-passenger, TR Ravichandran alleged that Sreesanth got into a "childish argument" with flight attendants when he was asked not to sit near the emergency exit. Ravichandran said other passengers, including himself, objected to Sreesanth's behaviour which led to delay in take-off of the flight.
Five years after the infamous 'slapgate', one of the protagonists of the drama, S Sreesanth, made an explosive claim, saying the entire incident was planned and that his former India teammate Harbhajan Singh was a "backstabbing person".
The temperamental Sreesanth made a series of revelations on the 2008 incident on his twitter page, creating a fresh controversy in the high-profile IPL.
"All blamed me for getting emotional ..??c mon who doesn't get emotional whn u know the person who u worship is a backstabbing person Nd ..," Sreesanth tweeted.
And now on May 15, he was arrested by Delhi Police on charges of spot fixing after Rajastah Royals' match against Mumbai Indians during the ongoing T20 League.
The Delhi police source said that the three Rajasthan Royals players - S Sreesanth, Ankit Chavan and Ajit Chandila -- were under the scanner for their role in spot fixing in some of the earlier T20 League match although they did not elaborate which matches were under scrutiny.
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