Over the past 30 days, numerous skeletons have tumbled out of the closet, and life may never be the same again for S. Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila. Here’s a look at the tainted trio’s journey to infamy.
S. Sreesanth: Before falling into the fixing trap, the Kerala speedster had a lot to be proud of in spite of the fact that he has never been a permanent fixture in the Indian squad. It was Sreesanth who bowled India to their maiden Test victory in South Africa, picking up eight wickets in the Johannesburg Test in December 2006. Sreesanth it was who took the catch that won India the 2007 World T20 final, and he was also part of the XI that played in the 2011 World Cup final. But, ever since his arrest, the halo of self-confidence that once surrounded Sreesanth seems to have disappeared. Since being released on bail, he has been busy proclaiming his innocence. Only time will tell what the future has in store for the maverick cricketer. For now, all he can do is pray, which is what he has been doing.
Ankeet Chavan: His is the saddest story of all. The year began on the brightest note for the left-arm spinner. He was part of the Mumbai squad that won the Ranji Trophy in January, beating Saurashtra in the final. But, just when he seemed destined for bigger things, Chavan was nabbed for his alleged role in spot-fixing. The unfortunate part was that Chavan was scheduled to get married less than a month after being arrested. He was allowed to solemnise his wedding, but it wasn’t a happy occasion as it ideally should have been. Chavan was back in jail a few days later. Currently out of bail, Chavan is hopeful of restarting his playing career. But, he’ll have to wait for the court verdict first.
Ajit Chandila: Before May 16, 2013, you could have been excused if you asked the question Chandila, who? Not anymore. From your routine domestic cricketer, the Haryana off-spinner has become a household name (for the wrong reasons), emerging as the alleged kingpin in the spot-fixing scandal. He is said to have been in touch with bookies even during IPL 5, but his luck finally ran out this year. It wasn’t as if Chandila did not have his two-minutes of fame on the field. He got a hat-trick against Pune Warriors in IPL 2012, which won them the game by 45 runs. But, he is now being associated with something trickier. Even as Chavan and Sreesanth are out on bail, Chandila’s still waiting to be freed.