It was the slap that was heard around the world, it spawned its own Hindi news channel specials with fancy names like 'Chhante ki Goonj' (The resounding echo of the slap), made the job of newspaper sub-editors, both Indian and foreign, a laugh riot, and forced envious cricketers like Andre Nel and Andrew Symonds to shout out loud. "I wish I'd done that." The slap beat them to the punch!
That April night in Mohali, Kumar Sangakkara played the best innings of his IPL career, a 56-ball 94, but even before the match was over that knock was already forgotten. S Sreesanth's Kings XI Punjab were cruising to a win over Harbhajan-led Mumbai Indians. The pacer went up to the feisty sardar, saying something along the lines "beat you in your own house", in a Mallu accent. He got a slap for his efforts. Wouldn't any hot-headed Punjabi have done the same? Sree stood in the middle of the pitch, used his left palm to soothe his right cheek, tears streaming down. What about the old adage 'Nobody likes a crybaby'? Sreesanth got away with a minor fine, while Bhajji was banned for the entire season, fined R3cr and banned from the national team as well. Somebody must like a crybaby!